Study objectives and research questions

For our study, we plan to:

  • Determine the home range and movements of caracals by using the data from GPS collars via maps.
  • Determine the density of caracal in the region using GPS collars and remote cameras (some other methods could be used as well).
  • Compare the spatial ecology of caracals and leopards in the Cederberg Mountains as well as their behavioral ecology by using GPS collars.
  • Determine how caracal’s activity varies with different biotic and abiotic factors in the region.
  • Learn and identify various attributes of caracals’s niche in the Cederberg ecosystem (habitat and feeding ecology).
  • Find and suggest practical solutions to reduce conflicts between caracals and farmers by providing activity and movement maps.



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