Over the past years, the population of desert lions has increased significantly in the region of the Skeleton Coast, Namibia. This is due to the enormous efforts and hard work of the Desert Lion Conservation Project. The main threat for the lions are unfortunately still the human-wildlife conflicts. Locals are still afraid of the lions and don’t hesitate to kill them when they come too close.
To minimise these conflicts, the project has set up an early warning system. Thanks to this system the local communities are notified when a lion is approaching, giving them time to protect their stock. One of the main contributions of the project is the set up of Satellite Loggers. The system uses communication poles (loggers) consisting of tall antennas, solar panels and electronic devices that interact with tracker collars worn by the desert lions when they get close enough. The loggers are placed at key locations to download movement data from collars and relay data to the central Desert Lion server. This means that researchers can predict movements and warn the rapid response teams before a lion even reaches the communities!
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