Tracking Predators
June 26 2013

In Zimbabwe's Zambezi National Park, close to Victoria Falls a large predator occupancy survey is underway to assess the distribution of lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and African Wild Dog.

A grid of the Park is used to identify specific areas within which all sightings and signs of these predators are recorded.  Over time, and with repeated sampling of each grid square we aim to identify core areas of predator use.  This will allow us to focus future efforts to identify individuals and assess population size and struture.

Three more grids were sampled in June.  Lion were identified in one grid square, whilst leopard was identified also once only, but in a different grid.  Hyena were present in all locations, as were signs of species in the small predator class.  African Wild Dogs were identified once and in the same grid as lion was identified.  No signs of cheetah was found.

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