The beauty of nature reflected in art is just another reminder of our need to protect and conserve it in a sustainable way. In celebration of our 10th anniversary, CCB hosted an art competition in select primary and secondary schools in Jwaneng and Ghanzi respectively during the month of September 2014. With the school art competition, we wanted to know what the youth of Jwaneng and Ghanzi have to say about their environment, how they express themselves with regards to Botswana predators through art, and finally share that with their peers, teachers, communities, visitors and the public and private sector through a high profile art exhibition. The theme for the art competition was “Harmonious coexistence with Botswana’s predators”. The prize-giving ceremonies in these two places were held on the 11th and 18th October 2014 respectively. The art competition helped CCB to establish how much knowledge of predator conservation the students can interpret through drawings in these areas which are prime CCB operational bases. The prizes for the winners included a certificate of participation, art kit hampers and CCB merchandise. We only hope that the prizes and recognition will nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity in the field of arts and culture. We would like to thank our sponsors, Debswana Jwaneng Mine and Classic Auto in Gaborone
CCB Founder Rebecca Klein and Community Outreach Coordinator Morulaganyi Kokole made the long journey to the incredible Wildlife Conservation Network’s annual Expo in San Francisco on 11th October. They took a deep dive into conservation and joined nineteen of the world's leading conservationists to share their stories of protecting wildlife in the field. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with our supporters old and new, as well as share experiences with some incredible project leaders. Thankyou to everyone who made the Expo a great success! http://wildnet.org/events/wildlife-conservation-expo-2014.
Thaki (a conflict cheetah rescued locally from a snare and rehabbed at Cheetah Camp) was taken to her new neighborhood in one of the Wildlife Management Areas in South West Botswana. After a week of scouting, the team finally chose a large, currently dry pan as a release site, with lots of evidence of springbok and steenbok in the area. She will be very far from the nearest livestock (about 80km), but a bit closer to the lions of the Kalahari Transfrontier Park (KTP) only about 30km. We hope that she should not have any trouble avoiding the livestock conflict that originally got her ensnared and if she can manage to avoid the lions, she will do just fine. She was fitted with a new satellite collar so we will be keeping a close eye on her movements. When her release box was opened, she burst out, ran a dozen strides, then paused and looked back at the team and disappeared into the bush. We hope that she will live long and prosper in her new home.