Understanding overlap between lion and livestock movements!

Pride in Our Prides is about improving human-lion coexistence outside protected areas.  We develop pragmatic tools that reduce livestock losses and increase tolerance for the big cats.  Approaches to conflict mitigation can be either traditional (like livestock kraals) or more modern using advanced technology.  For example, we fit lions with state-of-the-art GPS collars that relay warning messages when lions leave safe tourism areas and move closer to people and their livestock.  As part of our conflict prevention research we continually refine this alert system.  To identify zones of highest conflict likelihood it is important that we also understand the daily movements of cattle in our area.  For that purpose we recently started to tag cattle with GPS trackers too.  The units will reveal crucial detail of the herds’ movements that can be assessed against lion activity.  Here are some action shots from the field. flo