The CCB research team has placed ten GPS tracking collars on cattle in the remote Kalahari settlements of Bere and Kacgae to monitor their movement patterns and dispersal during the wet season. The objective of the study is to observe cattle movements in Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in order to determine general ranging patterns of cattle on daily and seasonal occasions. The findings from this pilot project will be used to provide farmers with insight as to where and how far their cattle go from their cattle posts. The findings will also determine the extent of movement into WMAs. Lastly, this project will assist us in determining if there are any hotspot areas used by cattle that can be targeted for conflict mitigation in the study area. Currently farmers are being informed monthly about movements are very excited to see the results. We hope to derive useful data that will assist these farmers understand and monitor their cattle movements and avoid grazing in conflict areas.
To celebrate the holiday season, CCB offices will close on the 21st December 2018 and reopen on the 7th January 2019. From all of us at CCB, we'd like to wish you a joyful holiday season and all the best for 2019. It has been an eventful year at CCB and thanks to all of your support we have made some great progress in the fight to protect Botswana’s wildlife, people and beautiful environment. We have completed some ground breaking research work like the piloting of the skaapwagter carnivore deterrent device and spearheading the Botswana Carnivore Forum — a group of like-minded conservationists working towards safeguarding all of Botswana’s carnivore species. We have advanced our Communities for Conservation project with exciting activities and consultations in Bere and Kacgae and delivered some awesome education activities to the students in these areas, like our new mobile bush camps. All of this has been made possible by our wonderful network of supporters from around the world that believe there is a future for the rich biodiversity of Botswana's wildlife and that coexistence with rural communities is an achievable dream. With the cheetah as our flagship species, we look forward to 2019 and further developing our programs to ensure that this dream becomes a reality. Thank you for all your support and we look forward to working with you in 2019 and beyond.
We wish you all a blessed Holiday Season!
The newly established “Champions for Cheetahs” mentorship programme aims to groom primary and secondary students to be future conservationists. Students showing a particular passion for conservation during our bush camps are selected for this programme and will enjoy additional activities and resources that will help develop their passion for conservation. CCB as conducted a needs assessment with the selected students and their families so that CCB can assist in meeting those needs through the programme in the coming years. This is a long-term project, which will help support the selected students until they reach tertiary schooling level. Bagorogile Langwane (in blue t-shirt) from the village of Kacgae in the Ghanzi region, is one of the four students earmarked to participate and benefit from the programme.
The CCB team gathered together for our annual planning meeting in Maun on the 5th – 7th December 2018. The three-day meeting commenced with presentations on achievements and challenges in 2018, as well as some capacity building sessions and brainstorming for activities for 2019. The team came up with brilliant ideas for the year ahead that align with CCB’s strategic plan and national and international environmental conservation strategies and the plan will now guide us in the implementation of our activities and events in 2019. In recognition of dedication, commitment and passion in the work place, some staff members walked away with prizes, with the hope that it will motivate them and others to work even harder to preserve the fragile Kalahari ecosystem.
In addition to the meeting, the staff were treated to a team-building exercise in Moremi Game Reserve where they spotted lions, a leopard, many hippos, elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, antelopes and birds. We give special thanks to Letaka Safaris for sponsoring the game drive to Moremi Game Reserve; with their wonderful guides Lucas and G. To wrap up the hectic days and unwind, the team was treated to our end of year staff party at Okavango River Lodge overlooking the beautiful Thamalakane River. After a long and trying year working in tough conditions and dealing with myriad problems, it was a wonderful way for our team to bond and to look back on the successes we have had this year. We dined and listened as the great river spoke into the night – what a night it was and a perfect way to end a year for conservationists!