Ghanzi Department of Wildlife and National Parks in collaboration with CCB engaged communities of Okwa and surrounding villages to a farmer’s workshop on the 18th September 2015. Farmers around the Okwa area are faced with predation from lions, jackals and leopards. Almost all the cattleposts around this area are not enclosed/fenced therefore their livestock move around a lot looking for palatable pastures. As a result of such, their livestock become so much vulnerable to predation. The workshop was held at Mr. Camm’s farm in Okwa, one of CCB’s oldest friend, farmer and pioneer user of livestock guarding dogs. The workshop was mainly aimed at looking at what strategies farmers/herders are using and discussing with them some other possible mitigation measures they can adopt. The workshop managed to round up about 29 farmers and their herders from cattleposts of Motlopi, Mosimawathakadu, Dukwi, Metsianotshe, Bolelathoshe, Karata and Borolong. As we cannot do this alone, we share the podium with stakeholders such as the Botswana Police, Departments of Veterinary Services, Animal Health & Production, Crops and the Ghanzi Conservation Committee Chairperson Mr. Kwadipane who made valuable contributions. A telephone radio interview followed after the workshop to further raise awareness and share information with listeners. We thank RB1 station and all for the support throughout all these years in carrying our conservation word to all over the country.
Earlier in September 2015, CCB Ghanzi team was called to a farm to rescue 2 cheetah who were about to be shot by a farmer. The mother who was named "Tshaba" and sub-adult cub were taken to CCB's Ghanzi rehabilitation facility and after sourcing a tracking collar, a veterinarian and relocation site, they were translocated to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the 18th September 2015. As usual, we had trouble finding a safe site to relocate these beautiful animals, we were looking for a location with permanent water, gamepotential prey, few lions competitors, and few people with whom they would come into conflict with. Unfortunately, such a place does not exist is hard to find in Botswana, especially during low rainfall years. We weighed up all our options and decided to release them in the settled on the best possible location. However, even with the best care and the best release site; very few translocated animals will survive being relocated to a new habitat translocation is still a huge challenge for the animal. CCB only does translocation as a last resort, we do everything possible to convince farmers not to take the removal approach but rather improve management. Unfortunately in a few cases this is not successful and the farmer insists the cheetah is taken away. It's situations like these that make us aware how important our work to mitigate human-wildlife conflict is - unless we can help people to live peacefully alongside cheetahs, there will be no places left for these beautiful animals to live. Thank you to all who helped in the process and we have our fingers and toes crossed that these two cheetahs can find a safe place to call their new home.
CCB hosted its second round of their annual charity Golf Day on Sunday the 13th September 2015 in a bid to make awareness and engage the corporate world in to the mainstream of predator conservation. The chilly morning of Sunday did not dampen our spirits and suddenly players poured in and made their way to registry table, made last minute checks on their equipment, got carts ready and off they went to the green lawns. While they were away, we made sure to set up the prize awarding ceremony area by displaying our merchandise stall and of other NGO’s present, lined up a table full of prizes, put up all banners, got the drinks ready with waiters on standby and waited for all to get back from the field. Towards lunch time, the day was now warming up and Andre, the golf club manager, took his place as the master of ceremony. After an awesome speech by CCB Executive Director, Rebecca Klein, she handed out prizes to all winners, followed by music, networking and lunch for everyone. We would like to extend our utmost appreciation to Avani Gaborone Hotels and Casino, Wilderness Safaris, Cresta Hotels, Naledi Motors, Subaru, Botswana Tourism Organisation with Goo-Moremi Gorge and Tsabong Camel Park, Impression House, Kgalagadi Breweries Limited, Liquorama, Hi Range Safari City, Kalahari Quilts, Botswana Craft Marketing, Electricity and Refrigeration Services, Multi Waste, Air Botswana, Taurus, G&V Solutions, Time Projects, Spar – Tsetseng Group, Alpha Direct Insurance, Pie City, Pro Stationers, Pam Golding, Continental Media, Samsung – Gold Tech, The Grand Palm Hotel, Wessels Plant Hire & Ian Dickie, Lengau Wine Company, Motovac, Haskins, Builders Warehouse, Barclays, Clean All Services, Elliot Mobility, Knight Frank and Canon. We also thank those that made this day possible in one way or the other and see you all at another fun round of CCB charity golf in 2016. We closed the day with a fun dance where we all saw some very eccentric but exciting dance moves and we concluded that indeed everyone had a time of their life, and that is how we roll at CCB!