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Into the Wild: Frontier in the News

Frontier’s Namibia Carnivore Conservation Programme  has just been featured in today’s metro for the sterling work it’s been carrying out using radio collars to track cheetahs. Here’s what the metro had to say....

“Radio collar keeps cheetah on the right and left path. They are the fastest animals on the planet and, although deadly, among the most graceful. Now, endangered cheetahs are being fitted with radio collars in an effort to track their movements.

The project in Namibia has fitted a collar to an adult male cheetah known as Boris caught on a farm last year, which transmits GPS co-ordinates. The preservation project rescues cheetahs, leopards and brown hyena that are threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat.

It has been able to track Boris as he moved into areas where livestock farming is prevalent, which caused anxiety among some farmers. However, Boris ignored goats and sheep and hunted wild springbok. By using the collar, the project was able to combat farmers’ prejudice that cheetahs mainly kill livestock.

The results also suggest Boris prefers mountain bases, contrary to what most would have expected of a lone male. The research project is backed by Colchester Zoo’s Action For The Wild charity, which will provide funds for three more radio collars.”   

Photo courtesy of Flickkerphotos

The Project:

The project offers a unique opportunity to play a vital role in the tracking, monitoring and conservation of wild cheetah and leopard populations as well as caring for other African wildlife. Frontier’s volunteers work both in the wildlife sanctuary and out in the field in the stunning nature reserve whilst out on the project. As the metro’s story indicates this work is really paying off and having a significant impact on cheetah conservation in Namibia and Frontier is hoping to build on the project’s success in the future.

In addition to helping in cheetah and leopard VHF and GPS radio tracking, whilst out in the field volunteers carry out sightings database project work, scat collection project work, night observations, bird monitoring, road kill surveys and data entry and analysis. Whilst working at the sanctuary Frontier’s volunteers are involved in the feeding and care of animals including lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals and meerkats and become surrogate parents to orphaned baby baboons bottle feeding and sleeping with them overnight. Volunteers will also take part in game counts, marking tree searches, spoor tracking and counts and footprint and scat method projects.

To find out more information about volunteering with Frontier with in Namibia and getting involved in wildlife conservation head to our website.

By Hannah Jones

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