It’s better late than never…we’re excited to share our annual report for 2018! It was such a busy year and we’re proud to be able to look back on all our accomplishments, all of which would not have been possible without generous supporters like YOU! We look forward to another impactful year and we appreciate your ongoing support!
Dr Amy Dickman, Project Director and Kaplan Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
2018 has been an excit- ing and productive year, both personally and for
the project. I had a baby boy in late December 2017, so I was on mater- nity leave for the first half of 2018. However, the whole field team – led by our wonderful senior researchers Ana and BenJee – really came togeth- er and worked extremely hard, not only maintaining but also expanding our programmes. As usual, the year
was definitely one of ups and downs – in February the whole team was devastated by a poisoning event, where one poisoned cow carcass killed not only one of our satellite-collared lions, but also five other lions and over 70 critically endangered vultures. It served as a stark reminder of the appalling impacts that a single conflict incident can have, and reinforced our commitment to work closely with the communities to ensure that they see the presence of wildlife as a net ben- efit rather than an unwanted risk.
Through the year, we have expanded
many of our programmes, including the Lion Defenders, Simba Scholar- ships, monthly monitoring and com- munity camera-trapping.
Next year will mark 10 years since the start of the project, and particularly when things are hard, I find it very use- ful to reflect on how far we have come. At the beginning, local villagers would run away from us, conservation was seen as a threat, and the level of carni- vore killings was dauntingly high.
Nearly 10 years on, we have built strong partnerships with the villagers, the project is recognised as a major driver of community development, and the number of carnivore killings has dropped significantly. We could not do any of this without the dedica- tion and support of so many people and organisations around the world, and we hope you enjoy reading about our work and achievements this year.
Thank you so much for your interest and for your shared commitment with us, to make the world a better place for
both people and wildlife.
Message from Kym Gopp
Ecological research: Sightings
Ecological Research: Camera-trapping and Spoor
Ecological Research: Satellite-collaring
Reducing conflict: Protecting Livelihoods
Reducing Conflict: Providing Community Benefits
Reducing Conflict: Lion Defenders
Outreach and Education
Into the Future
Thank you! / Asante!
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