From the 12th – 22nd of November 2013, Ghanzi Camp and Research Coordinator, Rick McKenna was at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) for 10 days assisting in a problem lion relocation study. in general CCB does not support relocation but in cases where there is no alternative we aim to learn and assist in developing some best practices for these cases. Such relocations are filled with difficulties and potential problems that cause concern both for the survival of the relocated animal and for the stability of local wildlife structures including potential resident prides in the relocation area. Rick says he learned a lot about just how challenging the entire process can be. There were a lot of lions in the area where they were operating, a local pride (male and female pair with 4 cubs) was basically living in the old abandoned scout camp where they pitched their tents and there was a separate group of 4 young males that also visited. Rick mentions that late one night, these 4 were roaming through camp roaring, not 3 meters from his tent, what an amazing experience! We hope that CCB will continue to be involved in such studies to learn, offer help and advice on how to move forward with predator relocations.
Our motion-triggered camera traps that are used for our population studies, sometimes capture the most beautiful images. Check out this one that was lightened by our research officer Jane as she was trying to uncover identifiable spot patterns but found a stunningly ghostly image of a cheetah instead!
With sponsorship from Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), CCB’s Programs Manager, Education and Public Relations officers had the opportunity to visit Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) in Hwange, Zimbabwe on the 11th – 14th November 2013. We were joined by EWASO Lions Community Officer from Kenya, Mr. Jineria Likelele. This was a benchmarking trip to get an idea on how PDC conducts their bush camps as they have been doing this for almost 20 years now. CCB is still new to hosting bush camps and wanted to learn from a project that had vast experience. The visit was a great opportunity and we learnt a great deal, made friends, met people from different backgrounds and visited simple award winning projects at some local schools. Already collaborative ideas were running through our minds, even before the trip was over. We developed a working relationship with PDC where they agreed to assist us with our bush camp program, while we share with them on how they can develop their publicity materials. We are looking forward to PDC and EWASO Lions visiting CCB and us visiting Kenya one day to develop further possible regional collaborations, not just on education but also on research and community outreach.
On the 5 - 6th November 2013, the Education department attended the National Environmental Education Strategy and Action Plan (NEESAP) 3rd Review. NEESAP is a 5 year strategy aimed at increased environmental awareness through attitudinal change, readiness to learn, opportunities to share experiences and recognition of traditional systems of managing natural resources. The third NEESAP will operate from 2014 to 2018. The first NEESAP was a five year plan from 1997 to 2003 and was reviewed to assess the impacts of its implementation and to accommodate new environmental education needs and interests of diverse stakeholders. The second phase of the NEESAP was from 2007 to 2012. It is presented in seven major objectives that translate into several strategies that provide a basis for decision making, capacity building and partnership and coordination efforts in the environmental sector. All stakeholders are to engage in activities that are relevant to their programmes in their respective organizations and departments to achieve the desired goals of this Plan within the stipulated time period.