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Where: Zimbabwe

Grantee: Andrew Loveridge

Andrew Loveridge is a wildlife biologist and the Kaplan Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

Human-predator conflict represents a key threat to lions and other large carnivores living in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. The region is extremely remote and currently insufficiently policed by underfunded park management.

Loveridge's Big Cats Initiative grant will fund the training and deployment of an anti-poaching team in the park. The team will remove snares, arrest poachers, deter poaching activity, and prevent illegal grazing of cattle and livestock. Loveridge will also collect data to assess the extent of poaching within the park.

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