CCB Staff: Movers and Shakers!
Research Officer, Phale Kgotla Phale has seen great success in professional advancement opportunities lately. Late in March 2014, he won a Sidney Beyers Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation though the WCN Scholarship Program. The grant will support his MPhil program through the Okavango Research Institute. His MPhil proposed study topic is ‘The Impacts of Livestock Guarding Dogs (LSGD’s) on Predator Densities, Livestock Losses and Farmers Opinions’. We wish him well in his studies and hope that the study will contribute to the development of such projects within CCB and Botswana in the future.
According to the United Nations, World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the day reminds us of the urgent need to step up against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts. CCB’s community outreach officers attended the World Wildlife Day commemoration in Tsabong on the 3rd of March 2014. It was the first time in Botswana that this day was celebrated under the theme of ‘Wildlife Conservation; our responsibility’. The main objectives were to address the issue of illegal trade of wild animals in the country, to promote the use of wildlife in reducing poverty and development of rural communities. Participants were encouraged to actively take part to help the government and other conservation authorities in fighting the battle of wildlife crime and human wildlife conflict, saying it can only be won if all the affected parties cooperatively play their role.
Africa Environment Day was launched in February 2013 in Botswana to address the key environmental issues of each African country. This year the event was celebrated on the 3rd March under the theme, “Environment for Sustainability is Everyone’s Call”. The theme calls for maximum participation and cooperation from government, non-government organizations, the private sector as well as all citizens of Botswana. This year’s commemoration was celebrated by a number of presentations from different organizations on issues such as Community Based Natural Resources Management, funding opportunities for conservation projects, climate change and sustainable development. CCB was represented by our education officer, Ms. Keneilwe Mathaba.
Mahina Perrot, a journalist who stayed at our Ghanzi camp recently has written an article about CCB for Africa Geographic about the work that we are doing in order to continue to secure a future for the national cheetah population.The population of wild cheetah has dropped by a staggering 90% over the last century alone. Today, only 10 to 12 000 of the 100 000 cheetah which were estimated to roam throughout Africa remain and the only place outside Africa where wild cheetahs are documented is in Iran, with a fewer than 100 individuals. CCB has been trying to combat conflict issues between predators and the community by combining community outreach supported with education and research. The use of the dogs is also incredibly efficient and a recent survey conducted by CCB found that 84% of farmers using livestock guarding dogs had a reduction in the amount of livestock they were losing to predators. To better record the animals’ activities, CCB works regularly with local San trackers and they have incredible skills in deciphering the natural world through the tracks and signs left on the landscape by its wild inhabitants. With the coming National Geographic Crittercam project in April 2014, we hope to find out how cheetahs interact with each other, how they’re hunting and moving through the environment. We are guessing that they’ve adapted their behaviors in many ways because of the bushy environment and the lack of larger competitors. To learn more on this article, please link to the below site.