Monitoring costs

The cost of monitoring depends directly on monitoring goals. An example of budgetary requirements to conduct full-time monitoring and/or research on a metapopulation pack are shown in Table 2.
Table 2. Example of monthly and annual budgetary requirements for full-time research on a wild dog project.

 

Item Monthly costs (Rand) Costs of 1st year Annual cost
Salary
Principal researcher  10,000 120,000 120,000
Research assistant** 6,500 78,000 78,000
Accommodation
If not provided by the reserve 2,000 24,000 24,000
Vehicle and Travel
Repairs 1,000 12,000 12,000
Fuel (assuming approx. 3000km driven in a diesel vehicle per month) 5,000 60,000 60,000
Tracking equipment
Initial purchase (3 x VHF Collar + telemetry equipment) * 25,000 25,000
Repairs * 1,000 1,000
Veterinary bills
Fitment of 3 x collars (transport distance dependent) 2,100 2,100
Miscellaneous
Telephone 500 6,000 6,000
Other (stationery etc.) 150 1,800 1,800
Computer (initial purchase) * 8,000 8,000
       
Total 25,150 337,900 337,900

* No monthly cost included only the total cost for the year.
** The need for an assistant researcher depends on the specific research needs.