Kwando Carnivore Project
Cattle being left in harvested fields or fields where crops have failed makes them vulnerable to attacks by lions. This agricultural practice contributes to 30% of livestock losses to lions. Poor rural farmers need to maximize every opportunity and expecting them not to is a lot to ask. We need to examine the underlying causes of lion depredation on cattle before making judgements. We hope to contribute to improved livelihoods in the Mudumu landscape that will result in increased tolerance to lions.
Lion attacks on grazing cattle in the Mudumu Complexes now make up 95% of livestock losses to lion. Upgrading traditional kraals has had a big impact on countering lion-livestock conflict. Tackling the lack of herding of cattle while they are grazing is a huge challenge. We decided to collaborate with IRDNCs Integrated livestock wildlife project. This focuses on moving cattle to different grazing areas in different seasons. They are herded during the days and placed into temporary mobile kraals at night. The first mobile kraal can be seen in the background. This is such an exciting project as the focus is in conserving grazing and improving quality of cattle. The outcome of this is that lion attacks will be prevented due to the constant human presence.