The study to assess conflict mitigation methods to reduce human predator conflict is progressing well. On the 23rd of April 2012, the CCB team packed their trucks in preparation for the journey to Kacgae. The aim was to spend 2 weeks working with the community to build strong and appropriate kraals for the selected participants. The team was offered a camp site by the Kacgae Chief and the temporary camp was set up. Later in the afternoon, the CCB team met with the 10 selected participants who would be receiving support. The agreement for participation was clearly laid out so everyone understood their responsibilities. The kraal building sites were mapped out and work began. The job of kraal building includes digging in and burying of poles, fencing of the kraals, putting in gates and laying acacia branches around the kraal. They must be high enough to keep out leopard and lion and dug down into the ground to keep out digging hyena's. Construction took a week and a half to complete. By the end, CCB and the community had built 10 new strong kraals to keep livestock safe from cheetah and other predators. The new kraals were even christened with the birth of baby goats. At least we know they will be safe at night now!
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