Spoor Survey Update
The main aim of this study is to look at the carnivore population densities on farmlands, relative differences between various species, and sympatric associations. This study began in April 2012 and uses the efficiency and success of the San Bushmen to locate the cheetah scats in the wild. CCB uses these trackers for the quarterly spoor survey in Ghanzi, on both cattle and game farms. These trackers survey for carnivore spoor and also track detected spoor to locate cheetah marking trees, scats and kill sites. The tracking takes five full days in each farm from sunrise until sunset at intervals of three months. It is a long day of exploring the bush! This quarter the CCB research team was joined by two volunteers, Valerie How and Marie-Solelil LeHouillier, who were very adventurous and assisted in conducting the spoor survey.
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