Investigating and enhancing carnivore connectivity between Gonarezhou and Kruger National Parks

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Country – Zimbabwe

The Sengwe-Tshipise Corridor (STC) is an integral part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) and the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA), serving to maintain ecological connectivity between Gonarezhou National Park (GNP) in Zimbabwe and Kruger National Park (KNP) in South Africa.

Given the significance of this corridor and the neighbouring communal lands for connectivity for cheetah and other large carnivores, CCI has partnered with the African Wildlife Conservation Fund (AWCF) to initiate a program there, in itself a partnership with the Chiredzi Rural District Council.  The key objective is to understand the seasonal, temporal and spatial dynamics of all large carnivore species in the Greater Sengwe-Tshipise Corridor, as well as potential or actual barriers to dispersal of species between GNP and KNP.

CCI has assisted with project design, helped with fundraising and will work with the AWCF team to analyse and interpret results and help with strategic planning of the next project phases, to maximise impact for cheetah and other wide ranging species.

Map demonstrating the importance of the Senge-Tschipise Corridor within the GLTP. © Cunliffe at al 2021


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