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Wild Dog and third Cheetah Photographic Census
« on: October 02, 2008, 04:22:55 pm »
As Wild Dogs here is a project that is right up our alley....

The Kruger National Park and Endangered Wildlife Trustā??s Carnivore Conservation Group (EWT-CCG) started the fifth Wild Dog and third Cheetah Photographic Census in August.  It runs until April next year.

"Members of the public can provide valuable assistance to this project and stand a chance to win great prizes by submitting photographs of any wild dogs or cheetahs seen during their visit to the region," said EWT-CCG manager Harriet Davies-Mostert.

Participants in the competition stand a chance to win two nights at Tinga Private Game Lodge.

The Kruger is home to one of the only viable wild dog and cheetah populations in South Africa.

Both animals are the rarest of the parkā??s large carnivores and their low densities and wide-ranging behaviour make them particularly difficult to count.

But researchers are able to recognise individuals of both species by their unique coat patterns, thus enabling an estimation of minimum population size.

Understanding population dynamics

Surveys have been held roughly every five years. Wild dog numbers have fluctuated between a peak of 434 in 1995 to a low of 120 in 2005.

The cheetah census began in 2005 when 103 individuals were identified.

Davies-Mostert said the census helps conservationists understand the two species' population dynamics in the park and helps to develop national strategies to improve their conservation status.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit photographs of wild dogs and cheetahs they spot in the Kruger or neighbouring private nature reserves.

Photographic submissions should include details of the location, time and number of wild dogs or cheetahs seen.

Sightings can also be reported to field researcher Mariana Venter at the Census Hotline on 076 725 5242 or census@ewt.org.za.

Entry forms are available at all Kruger Park gates and rest camps.

The project is funded by the Howard G Buffett Foundationā??s African Cheetah Initiative, while Land Rover South Africa provides vehicle support.

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Re: Wild Dog and third Cheetah Photographic Census
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2008, 06:19:19 pm »
Wow Watty.  Thanks for bringing it to our attention. 

Hmmm.  Plans to be made.....

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Re: Wild Dog and third Cheetah Photographic Census
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2009, 11:39:14 am »
Follow up news:


Current Carnivore Conservation Group And Affiliations Press Room

Preliminary Results from the KNP Wild Dog and Cheetah Photographic Census

The 5th Wild Dog and 3rd Cheetah Photographic Census ran from the beginning of August 2008 to the end of April 2009 and we were extremely fortunate to receive a record number of 1,131 entries from members of the public. However, the news (at least for Wild Dogs) is not so good. The preliminary analysis of all the competition entries suggests a current tally of 144 Wild Dogs and 135 Cheetahs in the Greater Kruger ecosystem. This means that numbers of Wild Dogs remain lower than in previous surveys, although Cheetah numbers seem to be improving slightly.

The huge number of entries means that we are very confident that the census results reflect the true situation on the ground: this is particularly important for conservation scientists who need to determine what resources to invest in protecting populations of endangered species. Based on the results of this survey the EWT has plans to conduct more in-depth focal studies to try and develop a better understanding of what is driving Wild Dog dynamics throughout the park.
After much deliberation and careful consideration we came up with three winners who we felt had sent through the most useful entries. This was an extremely difficult task given the huge number of incredibly useful entries we received. Congratulations to Laurence Adler, Jennifer & Victor Gouviea, and Brent & Samantha Meeke, all of whom sent several clearly-labelled entries of both Cheetahs and Wild Dogs which greatly assisted us in our work. These three winners all receive a weekend for two courtesy of Tinga Private Game Lodge which we are sure they will greatly enjoy!
Thanks again to everyone who has helped to make this census a success.



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Re: Wild Dog and third Cheetah Photographic Census
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2009, 11:53:10 am »
Three calendar girls were actually at the presentation at EWT where they presented the results.