The livestock guarding dog placement activity in Northern Botswana was completed successfully and 36 puppies were placed! The recipients of the puppies come from Chobe, Okavango and Boteti districts in Botswana. At the time of placement, all the puppies were de-wormed and vaccinated. A supply of dog food and a bottle of dip was provided to each farmer. It was demonstrated to all the recipients on how to care for the puppies. Questionnaires were administered and monitoring will continue on monthly basis to evaluate the progress and development of the puppies into effective livestock guarding dogs. So far the feedback from the farmers has been incrediblly positive. Good luck to them all!
CCB and Lekgolobotlo Primary School Environmental Education club are in partnership to establish an environmental biopark that will be beneficial for the school and community at large. A tree planting day took place on the 25th April 2014 at the school. There were 27 trees planted in total, of which 5 were donated by Mokolodi Nature Reserve and 22 by Gaborone Forestry and Range Resources department. The Lekgolobotlo village Headman was the first person to plant a tree, followed by the Managing Director of CCB, then the Village Development Committee chairperson. After the official opening the students and their teachers got to work. The students were divided into groups and assigned a tree to care for. The simple act of planting a tree, helps the environment in so many ways, among them trees filter pollution from the air, help recycle water, prevent soil loss, create shade, provide homes for animals, make food for humans and wildlife and provide an interesting, soothing, learning environment for children and the community.
CCB and Lekgolobotlo Primary School Environmental Education Club hosted a volunteer camping visit at the school for two consecutive weekends towards the end of March 2014. The camping was embraced by students from the University of Botswana's Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society (UBWECS), to assist with some hands on activities at the newly built Bio-park. The UBWECS students offered voluntary assistance for clearing the grass at the Bio-park and around the school, renovating the school parking lot, mural painting, renovating the bird feeders and the bird pool. Extra hands were also provided by the Village Development Committee representatives, the village leadership and the youth. All these stakeholders contributed immensely to the overall cleaning and maintenance of the school grounds. The Lekgolobotlo teachers and students were overwhelmed by the results and are looking forward to another visit! Many thanks as well to our sponsors Dulux for the paints, Diamond Educational Publishers for the gardening tools and the Parents-Teachers Association of Lekgolobotlo Primary School for donating some groceries used for the two weekends.
Over the last two weeks of April 2014, CCB's research team officers, together with the San trackers, tracked predators in the Ghanzi farmlands. Through the hot days and chilly mornings, the trackers team deals with a lot while in the mission to save the cheetah species during their tracking events.