Why research carnivores?
You may wonder why we focus on predator research. The reason for our top-down approach is because of the huge influence predators have on the ecosystem. Although they are a small part of the ecosystem’s total biomass, predators help balance and regulate the entire ecosystem. They do much more than simply keep prey numbers under control. They effect how all elements of an ecosystem interact.
Accurate data on predators, therefore, indicate the health of specific ecosystems. This type of information is important as it enables action to be taken to improve ecology health and mitigate risk of environmental decline.
Animals are facing huge stress as result of habitat loss, human conflict, and land mismanagement. Scientific research is needed to really understand the effect these activities have on our ecosystems.
Many organisations undertake scientific research for animal conservation. There is a significant overlap in data, however, often on the same predators (lions, cheetah, and leopards). In addition, this information is frequently not shared. These factors hold conservation back.
Develop best possible monitoring technology, implement the technology, utilise the community and research, manage organisation collaborative data collection.
The mission of World Wide Predator NPC is to harness the knowledge, passion and enthusiasm of people from all over the world to gain an understanding of predators globally. Everyone can get involved with World Wide Predator NPC through one or more of these methods:
By sharing data and researching predators, a more detailed understanding of our ecosystems can be formed. To do this, we are creating a management tool whereby all predator data can be compiled. Our aim is to develop a platform that scientists, managers, landowners, wardens, and others can use for secure access to monitor predators in their area.
This management tool, with large amounts of data, will present opportunities for more accurate scientific research, and allow a better understanding of our ecosystems and their health. It will also provide managers of wildlife areas with an accurate understanding of their systems’ biodiversity. They will, therefore, make well-informed decisions on how to best look after their management areas.