Hwange Leopard Project
Sadly Leopards are highly prized trophies for sport hunters.
D.A.R.T. is working with Zimbabwe National Parks Ecologists on the “Hwange Leopard Project” in response to the growing concerns regarding the actual status of Leopards and the sustainability of the hunting quota defined by CITIES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) together with illegal hunting and poaching of this animal.
Respected wildlife researchers estimate that since the 1960’s, the African leopard population has declined from 700,000 to 50,000 and the decline of big cat populations worldwide is one of the biggest conservation issues facing the world today.
Some even suggest that a mass extinction of the big cats could even occur in the next 10-15years.
Closer study and research into the status of this animal has never been more important.
Since 2013 D.A.R.T. is increasing the number of Leopards being studied and monitored by capturing and fitting additional tracking collars to provide a better understanding of the movements, distribution and social dynamics of the Hwange Leopards.
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