Crocodile and Hippo Conservation
To mitigate conflict between humans and both crocodiles and hippos in Swaziland
The conservation concern that triggered this project
conflict of crocodiles and hippos with their population expansions due to
better protection and also increasing human population development, as well as
increasing use of land close to water (sugar cane, recreation).
The objectives of the project are:
- To mitigate conflict between Swaziland's burgeoning human
populations and monocultures, and those hippo and crocodile populations that
have re-established themselves outside the parks.
- To assist Big Game Parks, as the national wildlife
management authority, responding to such problems and having to deal with this
human–wildlife conflict through capture, removal and translocation or even
lethal control of the situation.
- For these capture and translocation operations,
better equipment such as traps, trailers for traps and running costs is
required. Cologne Zoo tries to help financially with these improvements.
- To help with installing structures like barriers
screens, to allow for the safe fetching of water by villagers in water bodies
inhabited by crocodiles.
In order to improve on habitat quality for the two focus species, permanent water
bodies need to be enlarged and maintained through costly repairs initially
within game reserves.
WAZA Conservation Project 11014 is implemented by Big Game Parks with support provided by Cologne Zoo.
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