Botswana Predator Conservation

The Botswana Predator Conservation Program is one of the longest-running applied science and management conservation projects on the continent.

It started as the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project in 1989, then it became Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT), and it is now the Botswana Predator Conservation Program (BPCP) managed by Wild Entrust.

The Programme is led by two researchers and celebrated authors, Dr J. Weldon “Tico” McNutt and his wife, Lesley Boggs. Tico and Lesley have a research camp in the Okavango Delta, where they have lived nearly continuously for over 20 years.

The Programme includes population research, behavioural data collection and groundbreaking bio-boundary research. All of this research helps to reduce human-predator conflict. Other schemes to reduce this conflict include a pilot project that helps local communities introduce non-lethal livestock protection techniques and a small-scale insurance scheme to prevent retaliation against predators.

In addition, BPCP has several successful Coaching Conservation education programmes that are working to train Batsawana as skilled conservationists and wildlife custodians.

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