Modeling African Wild Dog Movement

In January of 2018 I spent two weeks in South Africa’s uMkhuze Game Reserve as a volunteer with the conservation group WildlifeACT. I was part of a team that tracked and monitored wildlife, with a special focus on the lions, cheetahs, and wild dogs in the park. The majority of our work was focused on VHF radio telemetry tracking with additional work done installing and monitoring camera traps.

After my time with the project, I received tracking collar data from individual dogs in Somkhanda Game Reserve and am currently working on using the statistical programming language R to create a context-sensitive correlated random walk model that identifies the environmental factors that influence the movement of dogs in the park.