The GVI Trust has been monitoring wildlife on Karongwe for the past 18 years. Ater some deep thinking of the benefits for these cats we've decided to merge our Big Cats project with our Saving African Wildlife as we can have a positive impact on all wildlife as we are all part of a bigger family.
These species are currently listed as vulnerable on the list of threatend species. Since human population has increased, the growth of in frastructure, agriculture and settlements have resulted in cheetahs being pushed out of their historic range as the grasslands are diminishing.
Reflecting on the years, we've seen 15 cubs translocated and also a new female cheetah was relocated. These are just a few achievments we'd like to highlight. If it wasn't for your genourous contributions we wouldn't have been able to monor and track these beautiful cats to better understand how they tilise resources and avoid conflict.
Once again we'd like to thank all our dedicated supporters for continually supporting these iconic cats and please remember to follow link below to the new Saving Afican Widlife project to support these amazing creatures.
Each day, in the heart of the bush, a dedicated team of researchers drive out with telemetry and tracking devices to monitor the cheetah on Karongwe Private Game Reserve. Upon locating either the male coalition or lone female, data is collected on behavior, coalition dynamics, preferred prey species and daily movements. Over the years, data collected by Global Vision International has been provided to multiple organizations to create published studies, including South Africa’s Endangered Wildlife Trust.
The EWT manage a country-wide project aimed at increasing South Africa’s cheetah population, aptly named the Cheetah Metapopulation Project. Careful management and strategic movement of the cheetah within this metapopulation is key, as individuals are separated by vast geographical boundaries. Through this project, cheetah are regularly translocated between reserves to strengthen their genetic pool.
Karongwe is proud to contribute to the metapopulation and has seen more than 15 cubs translocated during its tenure. Recently, a new female cheetah was relocated to Karongwe. Your valuable contributions enabled us to place a tracking device on this female to aid in keeping close watch over her. Continuous monitoring of cheetah on small reserves is vitally important to better understand how these predators utilize resources and avoid conflict.
Mothers, like this new female, who can teach their cubs the essential skills to avoid other large carnivores are extremely valuable to the genome. Cheetah cubs released and translocated from Karongwe have grown up to be predator aware, due to the high density of carnivores. The hope is that she is successful in raising fruitful litters who will also play a part in the survival of their species.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We hope to one day see you in South Africa, in awe of it’s incredible wildlife and wild spaces.
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Global Vision International have been actively monitoring the wildlife on Karongwe Private Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province for the past 18 years.
Our intimate data sets have contributed to numerous scientific papers, and have directly influenced the management of the abundant species who call Karongwe home.
Throughout the past 18 years GVI have monitored many species but none more closely than the cheetah. This species is currently listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In just 100 years, human populations have increased twentyfold, pushing cheetahs out of 95% of their historic range. Infrastructure, agriculture and settlements have been central to habitat loss and fragmentation of populations. The open grasslands that cheetah traversed for three million years prior to our arrival is diminishing, and in turn, so are these iconic cats.
GVI’s intimate relationship with the cheetah on Karongwe Private Game Reserve offers unique research opportunities, only attainable through intense and consistent monitoring through various data capturing techniques. Our database began with the introduction of cheetah to the property in 1999, and spans almost 20 years, allowing us an unfiltered look into the fascinating ecology of these predators. Data gathered detailing their habitat utilisation, prey preferences and inter-specific relationships contributes directly towards their management and will ultimately influence their survival.
Your contributions towards this fund will be utilised directly for the conservation of cheetah, and other large cats, through purchasing of tracking equipment and telemetry units.
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