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Tsavo Cheetah Project Update, Kenya  

Cherie Schroff

 

Tsavo Cheetah Project Director, Ch�rie Schroff, reports:  "Only two main strongholds of connecting cheetah populations remain in the species' home range; the largest southern African population, and the next largest in the Serengeti National Park - the Tsavo National Park region - of Eastern Africa". The Tsavo population consists of approximately 750 individual cheetahs. The main threats to this population are: loss of habitat; habitat fragmentation from human encroachment of settlements, agriculture, and development; and human-cheetah interaction.

In early 2014, the project began "A Tsavo Cheetah's Ecosystem" education program in schools within the Taita district, which is adjacent to southern Tsavo East.  This program provides very important information to local residents on cheetah behavior, the differences between the area's predators, their ecology, and the importance of predator conservation.  The project is expanding this program to additional primary and secondary schools in the Tsavo ecosystem. Read more about the Tsavo Cheetah Project

Bay Area Bobcat Study Update
David Tharp

Bobcat

"Fragmentation of habitat is a major threat to wildlife populations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area", says David Tharp of Felidae's Bay Area Bobcat Project.  Contributors to habitat fragmentation are: urbanization and the isolation of wildlife populations by man-made barriers such as population centers and highways. These barriers have created genetic isolation for many keystone predators and umbrella species, such as the bobcat (Lynx rufus). Other anthropogenic obstacles the bobcat must face in its lifetime include: poison, snares, traps, vehicle collisions, electrocution, and shootings. Felidae is often asked, "Why should we be concerned about the bobcat? They aren't endangered."

 

Predators like the bobcat provide services to keep ecosystems healthy that cannot be accomplished by other means. An example of just one of these services is rodent control.  The bobcat, an obligate carnivore, requires 130g of meat per kg of body weight per day.  So, a bobcat that weighs 10kg needs around 1,300g of meat each day to maintain health.  A large rat or ground squirrel's average weight is around 550g.  That adds up to a minimum of 600 rodents a year for an adult bobcat. We all need the bobcat, a master of survival, as an important partner in the world we share!

East Bay Puma Project Update 

 

Felidae welcomes Robbie Waugh, a University of Glasgow, Scotland, graduate student, who has recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for a one-year work placement for his M.S. As part of the East Bay Puma Project, Robbie will investigate how pumas, as well as other native mammals, are affected by human disturbance. The project will assess the impacts of road use and urbanization on mammal abundance and distribution in the East Bay area.

 

Robbie brings experience with camera traps and field work from a recent Glasgow University study in Peru, which monitored the effects of logging on the abundance and distribution of mammals in tropical rain forest habitats.

 

In the week of November 2, 2014, the project field work will begin with the installation of 30 camera traps in areas of differing levels of puma isolation and size throughout the East Bay Area.  This will allow EBPP to determine which areas can support puma occupancy and the activity level of the pumas in these areas.

 

Robbie is also looking forward to participating in Felidae's public outreach and educational programs.  Robbie says "I am very impressed with the vast diversity of habitats in the Bay Area and the work is very exciting!"

Visit eastbaypumaproject.org for more info and regular updates.

CAT Aware Education Program 
Felidae Brings Important Conservation Education to Schools
Welcome Adam Bean

It's a busy time of year for the CAT Aware Program! School is back in session and Felidae return visits have already been requested.  About 20 schools have either been booked, or are working on scheduling, CAT Aware presentations.

 

The 25th of September marked the kick-off of the 2014 program, with 110 students from the MetroED technical high school, in California's Silicon Valley, attending the program.  Ninety percent of these participants are pre-veterinary students, which warranted a stronger focus on the physiology and morphology of mountain lions and bobcats.  Several other facilities have expressed interest in similar, more specialized presentations.

 

This year, Felidae welcomes new Education Program Manager Adam Bean.  Adam updated the CAT Aware Program by reviewing all presentation content and materials for this fall's roll-out.  New presentations are underway, with feedback from the initial road-test at MetroED showing that the new presentation is well received.  

 

The original presentation format still has great value for younger students, and kindergarten through middle-school kids will continue to constitute a large portion of the program's reach.


 

 Learn more about the CAT Aware Education Program

To bring CAT Aware to your school, email info@felidaefund.org

   

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Upcoming Events 

Bay Area Science Festival - Discovery Days at AT&T Park:
Saturday November 1, 2014, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

Bay Area Science Festival - North Bay Discovery Day:
Saturday November 1, 2014, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA

Living with Mountain Lions with Mount Diablo Audubon Society:
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:00 pm in the Camellia Room of the Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

Community Meeting - Learning to Live with Mountain Lions:
Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:00pm at the San Carlos or Belmont Library.
More details soon.


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One of the critical monitoring tools Felidae uses in the Bay Area Puma Project is the camera trap - a motion-activated camera that allows us to monitor cats and other wildlife remotely and non-invasively. 

 

A minimum donation of $300 allows you direct access to the images captured by Felidae's camera traps. These stations are windows into the world of elusive mountain lions and bobcats. 

 

 

You choose one of three Bay Area regions for your camera and help us set it up in the field!


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