Wild Dog Research

Wild Dog Research

Our pack of 17 wild dogs happily traverse the whole game reserve.

A Limpopo-Lipadi Initiative

Wild Dog Research

Three students will take up research on the wild dogs in 2017. One will be looking at wild dog dispersal in the region, another will look at the impact that safaris’ can have on wild dog and lion interactions, and another will be looking at the health and population demography of the Limpopo-Lipadi pack

Tammy will use a non invasive camera trapping technique to monitor how lions respond to human caused environmental factors.

How does human behavior affect endangered African painted dog behavior?

Highly social with individuals that care for sick, injured, and elderly pack members, African painted dogs are endangered. Populations decreased from half a million individuals to approximately 6000 due to human-related activities such as snares and habitat loss. We aim to understand the scale of a new threat, den disturbance by humans, and evaluate its effects on painted dog behavior and growth rates through zoo collaborations, den camera monitoring, and photograph analysis.

Leopard Identity Project

Leopard Identity Project

A favourite amongst guests and volunteers, young Maya the leopard is seen often….

A Limpopo-Lipadi initiative

Leopard ID Project

The shareholders of the game reserve have worked together over the last 10 years to piece together the identities, ranges and relationships of our very healthy leopard population. More than twenty leopard have been identified, and are seen often by shareholders and volunteers, adding to their locaiton data using the CyberTracker App.

Wildlife Forensics

Wildlife Forensics

Research

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Poaching and wildlife disease are major threats to ecological areas. Understanding wildlife carcasse decomposition is an incredibly important part of the fight to protect our precious conservation areas and widllife populations. 

Centurion Academy – Pretoria

Wildlife Forensics

Chantelle has been studying the decomposition of wildlife carcasses using cutting edge camera technolgoy to identify maggots and fly species and their impact on decomposition.

Elephant research

Elephant research

The elephant herd on the game reserve is doing well, but as it expands, we can expect to lose more trees.

Liverpool John Moores Univeristy & the University of the Witwatersrand

Agent based modelling of African elephants.

By following individual elephants, Dr Traill will try to learn exactly why some bull elephants knock over more trees, and which species they prefer to knock over. Since many areas are not very accomodating of elephants because of this behaviour, he hopes that this research will help reserves and farms learn to cope better with these majestic threatened animals….

Social Spider Research

Social Spider Research

Dr Settapani climbs inspects one of the social spider nests at Limpopo-Lipadi Game Reserve

Botswana International University of Science and Technology & Aarhus University

Social Spider Research

Dr Virginia Settapani is conducting research on the game reserve on the amazing social spiders of the Stegadyphus genus. The two spider species we find regularly on the reserve are