Specific objectives

Create a network of carnivores researchers working and/or based in Africa responsible for evaluating and providing framework concerning carnivores’ ecology (with implication on conservation) that add value to land use activities while preserving local livelihoods. Booklet and public article could be disseminated toward university, school, and museum trying to get a wide audience near local human community.

Such network concerns both modern and fossil carnivores, starting on African continent but possibly enlarge to other continents for comparative purposes

Integrate the normally disparate paleontological, zooarchaeological, modern ecological and socio-economic/cultural studies of carnivores in order to develop a better understanding of the ecosystem dynamics and human interactions that affect carnivores over time and space; Criteria as 1) taxonomic diversity, 2) biological structure (sex, age) & morphometry, 3) skeletal representation, 4) tooth marks, 5) related environmental condition (living species, geotopography)…are some example of variables which have to be integrated site by site (sites= dens, resting-place, kill-sites, scavenging sites, etc.). A common methodology need to be discussed and largely disseminated, associated with detailed analytical procedures (ex. tooth marks and metrics on them) in order to made a DataBase – with possibility for scientist of other continents (Europe, America) to participate to such issue.

Organise regular regional and in-country workshops and training seminars to explain taxonomical and taphonomical procedures, importance to protect carnivore guild, and role and effects of carnivore on ecosystems (educative goals), including for professional their participation in international conferences focusing on carnivore research and conservation with their prey dynamics.

Develop a common methodologies and create databases: in anatomy (photos – see Gallery : will be freely available to interested users (online data)) and biometry, on bone assemblages modified by carnivores (data on biodiversity, biological structure, marks and skeletal representation, etc.) with implication on range and type of predatory actions; Document the influence of modern pastoralists on carnivore behaviour, their prey dynamics and their response to the changing conditions

Document the influence of modern pastoralists on carnivore behavior; their prey dynamics and their responses to the changing conditions.