Our bottom-up approach to wildlife conservation empowers the community by directly involving local parabiologists in wildlife monitoring and awareness raising activities in their own villages.
The main goal of this project is to test whether citizen science and community involvement is an effective solution to reducing hunting pressure on wildlife. Through this unique approach, we have trained parabiologists across 10 villages on how to identify animal species, use a GPS and compass, and follow transect methodology. The parabiologists play a number of key roles, including:
Help establish wildlife transects in their village
Collect wildlife monitoring data
Disseminate key concepts from educational workshops to their villages
Carry out village activities to increase awareness of wildlife and conservation issues
Through this involvement of the local community, we hope to increase their awareness of wildlife management, improve local attitudes towards conservation, and empower them to reduce unsustainable hunting practices.