Dog owners could take the lead on dingo conservation with a ‘Fido fund’

Dingo puppers. A small levy on dog costs could help create more ethical management of dingoes. Shutterstock Neil R Jordan, UNSW and Rob Appleby, Griffith University Humans and dogs go way back. From wolf totems to the big bad wolf of fact and fairy tale, through sheepdogs, lap dogs, and labradoodles, our relationships with these … Continue reading Dog owners could take the lead on dingo conservation with a ‘Fido fund’

Human-wildlife conflict is draining Africa of it’s lions

This is short video I put together explaining the impact that predator-livestock conflict is having on predator populations, even those within protected areas. Admittedly it casts a bleak outlook, but to conserve lions and rural livelihoods in Africa, we desperately need investment in developing practical and innovative conflict-prevention tools. If you want to learn more about my … Continue reading Human-wildlife conflict is draining Africa of it’s lions

The hunt debunked?

Our new research shows that African wild dogs don’t hunt collaboratively or chase prey over long distances. Pack-living African wild dogs are known as super-successful hunters, supposedly collaborating in coordinated attempts to run down their prey in long-distance chases. Such hunts have been dramatized in numerous wildlife documentaries, including Sir David Attenborough’s sensational series “The … Continue reading The hunt debunked?

i-cows! Could saving lions be this simple?

Eye patterns painted on the hides of cattle is a rare sight in more ways than one: it's a low cost, locally implementable potential solution to human-wildlife conflict. Although trophy hunting of African lions and leopards has been banned in Botswana for many years, still the killing of lions continues. Lions kill livestock and, in … Continue reading i-cows! Could saving lions be this simple?