The number of leopard populations in north Cameroon have drastically reduced over the years due to habitat loss, loss of prey, hunting for the bush meat trade and direct persecution by Fulani herdsmen. While field observations and scientific reports indicate that small isolated populations of the species still survive in northern savannah ecosystems of Cameroon, their actual numbers are unknown due to the leopard’s discrete behavioral patterns.
By determining the presence of leopards, this project will document existing threats to their populations, conduct an appraisal of how local and cross border communities perceive conservation and species protection, and enable the institutional environment in the form of villages, government administration & other important local stakeholders to support conservation work.
To successfully determine the existence, population status and threats to leopards in Tchabal Mbabo, the project will:
- Conduct reconnaissance field missions to determine the presence of leopards with deployment of camera traps;
- Assess existing threats to current species populations;
- Conduct guided interviews and field surveys with villagers, herdsmen and other key stakeholders;
- Compile the results into data in order to document the existence and status of the species.
This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.