A brief background on our Predator Protection Project at Grassland Bushman Lodge:
As Grassland Bushman Lodge is situated on the western side of the Central
Kalahari Game Reserve, we are surrounded by cattle ranches on the western,
northern and southern sides of our game area. Predators move from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to these cattle areas on a very regular basis – it offers easy prey and a reliable source of water.
Sadly, farmers in Botswana are allowed to shoot predators at random, to protect their valuable livestock. We have therefore decided to work hand in hand with Botswana Department of Wildlife and save these predators.
Problem predators are captured and kept in semi-captivity at Grassland Bushman Lodge in 11 ha camps and we are currently working on a solution to save these predators. The purpose of temporarily
housing these predators is not only to save them from a certain death, but also to educate visitors about their dilemma and highlight that projects like this can help improve the gene pool of Botswana’s predators, especially the Southern Kalahari Lions.
In this way we can save threatened species such as cheetah and wild dog from extinction. The predators are fed on donkey meat, bought from local people all over Botswana. This has the added advantage of supporting the local communities. Unfortunately, donkeys are hugely over-populated in Botswana
and pose a serious threat to road safety.
At the moment Grassland Bushman Lodge has Lions, Wild dogs and Leopard. Our intention is to re-introduce these predators back into the wild, as well as to breed the wild dogs.
Particularly in the case of wild dogs, it is extremely important to maintain a healthy population by breeding in semi-captivity in order to re-introduce them to the wild. Wild dogs often come into contact with local dogs from the villages and are under constant threat of being exposed to canine diseases such as Canine
Distemper and Rabies.
Wild dogs used to be very common in all areas of Africa, today they only exist in 6 African countries. With the current wild dog population just under 3000, they are on the verge of becoming extinct.
How you can help?
The Predator Protection Project at Grassland Bushman Lodge is all privately funded as we have this project to protect some of Africa’s most beautiful predators and for the love we at Grassland have for nature.
YOU can become part of this amazing project by adopting one of our Wild dogs. An adoption parent will receive a certificate with a photo and description of his Wild dog. You, as the parent will also receive a two monthly update per e-mail as to how your wild dog is doing. PLUS, you, the proud parent of a wild
dog, will qualify for a once off special rate at the lodge.
Adoption progress is as easy as 1-2-3… A dog can be adopted for a minimum of 6 months at a minimum donation of P250-00 per month.
Please contact us if you are interested or would like to receive more
information on our Wild dogs.
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