Prof. Paul Funston
The Cheetah Metapopulation Research Project
Aim: Knowledge to manage cheetah metapopulation
This project aims at providing much of the scientific knowledge required to manage the cheetahs in South Africa's small reserves as a metapopulation in the best possible way.
Under this broad aim there are more specific targets, which include research on:
demographic and genetic viability
ecological and economic opportunities for range expansion
The people behind
The principal researcher is Kenneth Buk, who holds a M.Sc. in Wildlife Conservation Biology from the University of Copenhagen and a Postgraduate Diploma from College of African Wildlife Management. Kenneth has considerable experience from research on wild dogs, elephants, black rhinos and more.
Kenneth enjoys the support of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, represented by Kelly Marnewick, a cheetah specialist, who plays a key role in project inception and data acquisition, and Dr. Harriet Davies-Mostert, also a predator specialist.
The project will be supervised by Prof. Paul Funston, who was a professor at Tshwane University of Technology, and now works for Panthera - an organisation protecting large species of cats. He is also a member of both IUCN's Cat and Conservation Breeding Specialist Groups and a member of the African Lion Working Group.
© Ken Buk