Leopard Ecology & Conservation

Leopard Ecology & Conservation (LEC), initiated by Monika Schiess-Meier in 2000, is a project that seeks to promote the long-term survival of leopard
and lion populations in Botswana by integrating conservation and community education.


“For the protection of big cats Leopard Ecology & Conservation explores practically urgent questions scientifically and communicates potential solutions and their implementation effectively to the local communities. The conflict between people and predators in the local area has been one of the main threats to the predator populations. With our education programme we aim to engage in education and capacity building in local rural areas to eventually minimise this conflict.”

Leopard

Leopard Ecology & Conservation has been conducting research on leopards (Panthera pardus) in the central Kalahari since the year 2000.
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Lion

In addition to the work Leopard Ecology & Conservation does on leopards we also study lions. Lions are a charismatic, umbrella species through which many other species can be conserved. As top predators they are keystone species and ideal indicators of ecosystem health. Therefore, monitoring lion populations is of crucial importance for conservation.
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Act Now for Tomorrow

Over the last years of research we have seen that conflict between people and predators in the local area has been one of the main threats to the predator populations. In addition we see that ever growing number of cattle are degrading the local landscape making it less productive for people, livestock and wildlife.
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Our Study Area – the Kalahari

Leopard Ecology & Conservation works in Khutse and the southern section of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as well as around the village of Kaudwane. Our total study area covers approximately
15 000 km². Together Khutse and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve encompass an area of 55 000 km² and form the central section of the greater Kalahari ecosystem covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa.
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