Reintroduction of Large Carnivores
Kalahari Game Lodge Lion and Cheetah Introduction
Background Project Progress Reports
Many species decline due to loss of habitat and in Namibia, species like lions, wild dogs andspotted hyaenas are incompatible with livestock farming. Ongoing persecution has resulted in thecontraction of their ranges leaving them mostly confined to conservation areas. Where they dooccur outside these areas, they are a source of ongoing conflict with livestock farmers.One of the long-term objectives for large carnivore conservation in Namibia, stipulated by theMinistry of Environment and Tourism, is to identify key areas for the reintroduction of largecarnivores, such as lions, cheetahs and wild dogs.The fast growing tourism industry in Namibia has in many cases led to a change in land-usepractices from livestock farming to eco-tourism activities that is frequently based on wildlifesafaris. This shift in land tenure systems has created suitable habitat for many wildlife species,including large carnivores. This development has led to opportunities and demand for thereintroduction of large carnivores. Tourism and reintroduction are extremely compatible as theexpense of reintroduction is considerable, but a good investment for a tourism enterprise.One of the objectives of the PCT for the long-term conservation of large carnivores in Namibia isthe reintroduction of lions and wild dogs. We are in the process of identifying key sites for thisproject.
Members of the Predator Conservation Trust have been involved in the reintroduction of lions atthe Kalahari Game Lodge in the south of Namibia.The Kalahari Game Lodge (KGL), is a prime example of the eco-tourism revolution,transformed 27 000 hectares (66 000 acres) of traditionally sheep farming land into a wildlifearea. The land supports approximately 8000 medium to large-sized animals, ranging fromspringbok to eland. The land is surrounded by a sound game-proof fence that, in conjunction