Mr. Kenny Mokokonyane delivered yet another fun-filled presentation on the 4th April in Tlokweng for the Standard 5, 6, and 7 students of National Batlokwa Primary School. Students appreciated learning about local carnivores, the importance of carnivores in the environment and how everyone can help promote coexistence between humans and wildlife. We left the students more aware of the difficult situation that cheetahs are facing and we hope that they are now motivated to spread the message of conservation to their families and friends and are inspired to continue to learn and expand their knowledge base on issues of conservation in Botswana. Thank you to Kenny once again for working with CCB to reach the next generation of conservationists.
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.
CCB’s education team spent the 11th and 12th of March conducting art lessons focused on wildlife in Bere – a small village in a large wildlife corridor in the Ghanzi district. This wildlife corridor links the Kalahari Transfrontier Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and it is important for the community of the village to be inspired and appreciate the wildlife they share land with. The purpose of the art project was to teach students basic art techniques as well as help them see and learn about wildlife, so that they can build love and respect for wildlife in a unique and fun way. Karrie Hovey, a professional artist and volunteer with CCB shared with the students a brief history of art in the region — most of which has been produced by the San through the Kuru Art Project in D’kar. The best drawings by students were re-drawn using a computer program to produce murals that were painted on the walls of the classrooms to remind the students every day of the beauty and importance of wildlife. In a celebration of the San tradition of tracking, the walkways of the school were covered with animal tracks painted in the colours of the Botswana flag to encourage pride in their natural heritage. The school community was thrilled when they saw the murals for the first time on their school walls and the animal tracks along the walkways. The school community is grateful to CCB for this activity and is excited about what CCB will do in their community in the future. We appreciate the support of the Bere community for letting us work with them on this project, especially Bere Primary School and the Village Development Committee for allowing us to camp in their grounds and use their facilities. We hope the artwork at the school will inspire everyone in the community to continue to care for wildlife in their area.
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.