Project update – wild neighbours

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Amy Dickman and her team at the Ruaha Carnivore Project are working to find ways to make wildlife beneficial to the local communities living around Ruaha National Park in Tanzania. Often these communities have no health care and struggle to make a living. When lions attack their livestock it’s no wonder they retaliate.

Amy and her team have come up with an ingenious approach which provides payment to villages for encouraging more wildlife. Local villages are given camera-traps to capture images of all the different animals they share their land with. Each species is worth different points. And the village with the most points every three months wins $2,000 of benefits. Lions are worth 15,000 each! All villages taking part will win some benefits so the incentive works for everyone, but they’re all competing for the highest prize.

Amy and her colleague Fiona sent us these great shots of some of the amazing wildlife their local communities have been ‘trapping’ in Ruaha.

Duiker are one of the smallest antelopes in Africa
This giraffe takes an early morning stroll
A herd of elephant on the move
An inquisitive young baboon
A pair of eland going head to head
A dazzle of Plains zebra enjoying the sun
Two lionesses possibly hunting for prey
A slender mongoose moves across the African plains
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A young female lesser kudu senses danger
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The aardvark hurries home to his burrow
Ruaha carnivore project
A Masai giraffe bending down for a quick drink
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Black backed jackal looking for prey
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Two leopards in one shot – a rare treat

Read more about Amy’s work with the Ruaha carnivore project by clicking here:

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