Ruaha Carnivore Project, Ruaha National Park
The Ruaha Carnivore Project was established in 2009 and aims to develop effective conservation strategies for large carnivores in Tanzania’s remote Ruaha National Park.
The Ruaha ecosystem covers almost 20 000 square miles and is one of the most important wildlife areas left in the whole of Africa. Ruaha is one of the most important places in the world for large carnivores, it supports over 10 percent of the world’s remaining lions, as well as the third-largest population of African wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards and other carnivores. Ensuring these populations endure is critical to their species’ survival and is at the heart of the Ruaha Carnivore Project’s essence.
A vital research tool for The Ruaha Carnivore Project are camera traps – they are a vital research tool and help the team to gather much-needed data on the large carnivores and their prey as well as highlighting high-risk areas for carnivore attacks and conflict.
Large carnivores are apex predators and help to keep an ecosystem in balance and also have a great economic benefit to countries in which they are found. A huge problem we are facing in Africa is that these large carnivores are attacking – and killing – precious livestock of local communities. When a family losing livestock, the effects are economically and socially devastating to the family, which only drives home the importance of this project in preventing the retaliatory killings of carnivores and educating communities on human-wildlife conflict and how to eradicate it.
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Asilia operates in some of the most spectacular wild places in Africa. Yet they are fragile, under immense pressure, where the needs of both people and wildlife are often juxtaposed.
Empowering both people and places is essential if the habitats, upon which we all depend, are to survive.
We’ve selected a number of reputable and effective local partners as the drivers of these interventions. These partners tackle the issues of education, community upliftment and wildlife conservation in meaningful ways, getting to the source of the problems rather than treating the symptoms.