Cheetah Conservation Botswana is inviting applications for the position of Coordinator of the Communities for Conservation Programme based in Ghanzi. Requirements: Minimum BSc, in environmental or social sciences or related topic. Minimum 5 years field experience, ideally in community based conservation and development. Skills and experience in CBNRM, participatory planning processes, livelihood assessments, capacity building & training, ecotourism and project management preferred. Clean driver’s license essential. Email detailed CV and cover letter to email@example.com. Preference will be given to citizens of Botswana. Closing date for applications - 15th April 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted within 15 days of the closing date.
Last week CCB carried out another fabulous school presentation on cheetah conservation for the Standard 7 classes at Thornhill Primary School in Gaborone. Thornhill is a very important partner to CCB and every year their Standard 7 classes hosts different fundraising activities with the proceeds going to CCB. These funds go a long way in extending our services to the communities of Botswana, especially with our education outreach activities. The students were amazed by the lesson and learnt more about cheetahs and wildlife conservation in general. We can only hope that the students realise the situation that cheetahs and other wildlife are facing and that they get motivated to continue supporting cheetah conservation efforts. Thank you Thornhill Primary School once again for your support.
CCB’s education team spent the afternoon of the 6th March in Tlokweng facilitating a presentation for the Standard 5, 6, and 7 students of Kgosikgosi Primary School. CCB’s friend and alumni, Mr. Kenny Mokokonyane delivered a smooth talk to the eager students and provided them with a fun-filled presentation and hampers of educational materials. Students were enthusiastic about learning about local carnivores, the importance of them in the ecosystem and how the students can help promote coexistence between people and carnivores. We appreciate the support of Kgosikgosi Primary School and Mr. Kenny Mokokonyane for working with us to impart this knowledge to these future conservationists.
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the myriad benefits that wildlife provides people. Humanity is faced with a lot of challenges and the survival of many species is at risk. Climate change is real and its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. Let this World Wildlife Day be a reminder that our societies and wildlife depend on natural resources. If they continue to be depleted, what will become of our environment? It is upon us to make this world a better place for ourselves and our children. Go out and enjoy and appreciate nature — snap pictures in the wild, splash fresh water on your face, pick up that plastic bag, advocate for healthier environments, involve youth and colleagues in these dialogues — be the change you want to see in the world. And not just on World Wildlife Day, but every day!
Photo credit: Suzi Lonergan