Rick at KTP for Lion Relocation Study
From the 12th – 22nd of November 2013, Ghanzi Camp and Research Coordinator, Rick McKenna was at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) for 10 days assisting in a problem lion relocation study. in general CCB does not support relocation but in cases where there is no alternative we aim to learn and assist in developing some best practices for these cases. Such relocations are filled with difficulties and potential problems that cause concern both for the survival of the relocated animal and for the stability of local wildlife structures including potential resident prides in the relocation area. Rick says he learned a lot about just how challenging the entire process can be. There were a lot of lions in the area where they were operating, a local pride (male and female pair with 4 cubs) was basically living in the old abandoned scout camp where they pitched their tents and there was a separate group of 4 young males that also visited. Rick mentions that late one night, these 4 were roaming through camp roaring, not 3 meters from his tent, what an amazing experience! We hope that CCB will continue to be involved in such studies to learn, offer help and advice on how to move forward with predator relocations.
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