Human-Wildlife Conflict tolerance – Epupa Okanguati
Epupa and Okanguati are amongst the many conservancies in Namibia experiencing human-carnivore conflict. In an effort to conserve wildlife, hundreds of livestock are lost annually to leopard, cheetah, caracal, lions, jackals and crocodiles. The question is what drives human-carnivore conflict and tolerance to co-exist with carnivores?
Two SCIONA students embarked on a week-long trip to investigate the trend of human-carnivore conflict, assess vegetation structure at livestock carnivore kill sites and interview farmers on tolerance towards carnivores in Epupa and Okanguati Conservancy.