We are very happy that Gueye Mallé has published a brand new article about his research on conflicts between large carnivores and pastoralists in and around Niokolo Koba National Park in Senegal. This research was supported by Leo Foundation and is part of the PhD study Gueye is currently undertaking.
By using data from calling stations, camera traps, but also information gathered by tourists, guides and rangers Gueye and his colleagues showed that spotted hyena is the main species to be responsible for conflicts (87% of the attacks). The results further demonstrated that attacks are aimed at cattle, mostly occur during the night, and peak during the wet season. Furthermore, not all the sectors of the park appeared to be equally affected by conflicts, and some communities suffer under these attacks more than others.
These findings will be used to better understand the dynamics of the current conflict situation and will directly contribute to the development of effective mitigation measures, so that losses of livestock can be reduced. Large carnivores can only be protected effectively, if there can be co-existence with the people living close to them. Do you want to know more about this research? The entire article can be downloaded HERE!