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WHO WE ARE

We are small wild cat lovers engaging and empowering local people living in close proximity with small wild cats to reduce threats to wildlife. Our favorite is the African golden cat. We love it. We strive to protect the African golden cat in Uganda and across its range.

The African golden cat

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The African golden cat is Africa's least known wild cat species. It is only found in the forests of equatorial Africa. However, the African golden cat may be extinct in some areas of its estimated range (red polygon on map). Only a few field locations for African golden cat presence have been ascertained (green dots on the map). We are surveying African golden cat presence in Eastern Uganda, and our collaborators are surveying Western Kenya. The African golden cat is listed as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Red List of threatened species.

WHERE WE WORK

We work with local people adjacent to three of four protected areas in Uganda known to have the African golden cat; 1) Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 2) Echuya Forest Reserve and 3) Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve.

WHAT WE DO

We are saving the African golden cat in Uganda

We identify threats together with local people and wildlife managers. We then empower local people to implement threat reduction solutions, whilst improving local livelihood and oral health care.

Estimating African golden cat population

We started by estimating the number of African golden cats at our project sites. African golden cat numbers are 50% lower in areas with poaching. Poaching is a serious threat to African golden cats.

HOW WE DO IT

We combine cutting-edge and robust biological research, social-science research and local people engagement

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Camera trapping

Using motion-triggered cameras to automatically record pictures and videos of the African golden cat. We then apply robust data analytics to learn about the secretive lives of African golden cats.

WHO ARE OUR PARTNERS

We work with local people living at the frontline of protected areas which African golden cats call home. Our longterm esteemed partners include the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Uganda Wildlife Authority, National Forestry Authority, and the Small Wild cat Conservation Foundation.

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