Catherine Hauw – Effects of lead ammunition hunting in Namibian cheetahs

Lead (Pb) from hunting ammunition is a serious health risk for humans, wildlife, and ecosystems, and is a global One Health issue. Many recent publications have questioned evidence that animals and humans are suffering from lead intoxication, and putting a light on predator lead blood levels is therefore important.


Catherine Hauw


During this project, Dr Catherine Hauw, wildlife veterinarian and biologist, will investigate the impact of lead ammunition hunting on wild cheetahs and leopards by analysing their blood samples at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.

 Catherine Hauw


This will be the first-ever study on lead toxicity in carnivores in Namibia. More studies proving the effects that the use of lead ammunition might have on other wildlife could help ensure best practise is followed, particularly in countries like Namibia where hunting is an important source of revenue and meat and is seen as a tool for conservation.


EXPEDITION DATES: 4 June 2023 to 4 September 2023

EXPEDITION LOCATION: Cheetah Conservation Centre, Namibia


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