What We Do
The African Predator Conservation Research Organization consists of a diverse group of researchers, primarily from the fields of veterinary medicine and genetics focusing on African carnivores; lions, spotted hyena, cheetah, African wild dog, leopard and both black-backed and side-striped jackal.
The Red List, which is the IUCN’s document listing all animals who’s ongoing existences is in question, has stated there is roughly a decline of over 30% of the lion population in the last 20 years. In the same period of time the leopard population is roughly 40% less and the African wild dog is endangered with estimates around 3000 individuals.
Due to the severe decrease in the numbers of these magnificent animals and their intertwined lives and habitats, APCRO is taking a pan-African, multi-species, holistic approach to their mutual conservation and research.
APCRO, Inc. is determined to save these animals by examining the role of:
- reproductive potential
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APCRO firmly supports the planned translocation of individual animals based on established scientific criteria that allows for the reasonable chance for an individual’s survival with minimum impact on the local population in the proposed transfer area.
APCRO supports the use of quick field testing of individuals to assure they are healthy prior to movement and the application of either tracking collars or assigned observers to document the success or failure of the move.
APCRO has a policy of judicious use of tracking collars in multiple areas of the research and believes their use can be very beneficial for our research, with minimal harm to the individual animals or their group. APCRO will collar the minimum number of animals necessary to achieve the scientifically valid research goal. All collars will be retrieved at the end of the study. This is assured as APCRO only purchases collars that have a programmable automatic release mechanism on them. Despite this feature, APCRO designs all collars to be removed manually by the team prior to the programmed release date. Not only does this assure the collar will be removed but also the animal will be able to be sampled prior to end of the project.
Further, APCRO understands the requirements of other entities needs in not allowing collaring, due to the concerns of reducing the intrinsic tourist value of the predators which underlies the vast amounts of the conservation work. This being said, APCRO is able to do most of its studies without the use of collars and APCRO does not believe in collar use unless they a vital component for gaining the desired information.