By Painted Wolf Foundation - November 17, 2020
Niassa Carnivore Project 2019 Annual Report
We’re delighted to share with you Niassa Carnivore Project‘s 2019 Annual Report. The Niassa Carnivore Project (NCP) operates across Niassa Special Reserve in northern Mozambique, one of the largest protected areas in Africa, covering 42,200 square kilometers.
This incredible 192 page report provides an unusually in-depth look at what it takes to run a successful community-based carnivore conservation programme. We really do encourage you to read the whole thing, and learn about their wide-ranging programmes to ensure that conservation of carnivores benefits the more than 58,000 people that call Niassa home.
If you just want the painted wolf highlights, then skip to page 44. NCP monitors wildlife through MOMS (Management Oriented Monitoring System) through a network of Community Wildlife Guardians. NCP estimates there are 300-350 painted wolves across 30-35 packs. There were 8 confirmed illegal deaths in 2019, compared to 17 in the previous 5 years.
The major threats to painted wolves in the ecosystem are disease and snaring for bushmeat, not only catching and killing the painted wolves themselves, but reducing the all important prey base they rely on. An emerging threat is road deaths due to a high-speed road through the system.
It’s amazing to see the work that these field organisations do and a real pleasure to read such a detailed report.