Using tech to save lives of people and big cats…

This is just a quick interim post as we make final preparations before working an area where a leopard has made three attacks on people in the last two weeks, incidents that sadly resulted in a fatality and serious injuries. The leopard is now considered highly dangerous and our aim is to put in safeguards. The location provides challenges due to steep terrain and recent high rainfall. Su Se La and Manju of the Coexistence Team have been gathering information from locals and making sure people understand guidelines to hopefully prevent further attacks. My role is to understand how LeopardEye can be applied in the area and then work with partners for effective implementation.

I’ll describe this in further detail when back from the field but technology used correctly is a real lifesaver. We’ve made strong advances with LeopardEye, particularly in the last few months and a major focus will be the further development of early warning systems. In mid February we’ll be appealing for support so community based monitoring can be rolled out further in highly affected areas and beyond, this will be done in accordance with local and national authorities. We do have an urgent need right now though so if anyone can help in the short term it would be incredibly appreciated, especially with this current situation, one of four main monitoring sites at the moment. You can contact me at my social media sites or email projects@wildtiger.org.

Every little bit helps and I’ll keep saying it, people feeling protected means increasing tolerance thus reducing retaliation. In other words, saving lives on both sides…