CCB worked on a collaborative predator spoor survey in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) with the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) Predator Prey Research Group as well as Birdlife Botswana, Denver Zoo and Kanabo Conservation Link to help with catching and placing trackers on endangered vultures in the KTP. 9 teams were posted by a handful of different conservation organisations from around Southern Africa so that all the roads in and around the KTP could be surveyed all at once. The sandy Kgalagadi made a good blank canvas for the predator footprints that we were counting on the spoor survey. CCB researchers discovered a previously unknown cheetah marking tree in an out of the way spot of the KTP. In the 10 days surveyed roads in and around the reserve, not a lot of cheetah tracks were found, but that was possibly due to the high lion populations in the area. A couple of the teams were lucky enough to see cheetahs while they were on the survey.
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