Kenya Wildlife Service will hold its Annual Carnivore Conference between 30th and 31st October, 2018 at the organization’s headquarters in Nairobi.
This year’s conference theme is “Carnivore conservation in changing landscapes”. The theme is about expanding poor human population, increasing expansion of human settlement into wildlife habitat; bringing with it livestock and agricultural practices necessary to sustain people in both rural and urban areas.
To the carnivores, this results in habitat loss, population fragmentation, and reduction in the wild prey base. As human-carnivore interactions increase, so do human-carnivore conflicts, resulting in reductions in carnivore numbers through killing (poisoning, trapping and shooting), and lack of support for carnivores conservation among local communities.
The landscape could also be changing because of rapid infrastructure developments like roads and railways which are impacting negatively on conservation initiatives. The conference will focus on the following thematic areas:
- Conserving carnivores through local community eyes
- Carnivore population status and Habitat utilization
- Carnivore identification and monitoring
- Carnivores and pastoralists
- Diseases outbreak ;distemper Rabies and Canine
- Wildlife translocation as a mitigation measure
- Carnivore conflict assessment and mitigation
- Application of smart technologies
- Role of Veterinary in Carnivore conservation
- Wildlife Poisoning
- How vulture and raptor research add value to carnivore conservation
- Genetics and sustainability assessment
The conference has drawn participation from:
- University lecturers
- Conservation practitioners
- Research Scientists
- Conservation managers
- Graduate students
- Community representatives
- Technology Industry representatives