Knowledge is Indeed Power
Since January 2014, CCB has been on the road staging predator talks at various schools in the country. Schools of all levels have been targeted as well as distributing user friendly resources to both the students and teachers. These resources have been aligned with those of the national school curriculum, infusing information about predator conservation into broader environmental issues. Partnerships and collaborations have been appreciated from other conservation and environmental NGO’s who have been supporting and working with us to impart this knowledge to future conservationist throughout.
The Botswana delegates, on the 24th-26th July 2014, gathered at Mokolodi Nature Reserve to fine tune their presentations in preparation for the EEASA conference to be held in Namibia, Windhoek from 9th-12th September 2014. The workshop was embraced by participants from government departments such as Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation, non-governmental organizations such as Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Birdlife Botswana, Tshole Trust, , teachers from primary and secondary schools, representatives of tertiary environmental clubs and the University of Botswana. The main objective was for all participants to assess each other’s presentations prior to the conference using the recommendations (presentations assessment criteria) gathered from the previous EEASA conferences. Cheetah Conservation Botswana collaborated with Birdlife Botswana, Tshole Trust and Mokolodi Nature Reserve to give a presentation on the success stories of Botswana NGOs.
The lives of cheetahs in farmland areas are very secretive. Yet these areas are becoming increasingly important for their conservation. In order to shed more light on their daily habits and movements, CCB teamed up with The Royal Veterinary College and Vetswana to catch cheetahs at marking trees in the Ghanzi District of Botswana. We managed to collar one cheetah from a coalition of two brothers and three males which formed another coalition. State of the art collars were placed on these cats to investigate movement through the farms, hunting behaviours and to discover how these cats have adapted to life on bush-encroached farms. Collaring the three cheetahs together is hopefully going to unlock new exciting information about how cheetah coalitions use collaborative hunting techniques. All this information will help us in our work to prevent human-wildlife conflict between farmers and cheetahs. We hope to put more of these collars on cheetahs with another trapping venture sometime in the coming months so stay with us!
The theme for the show was, ‘Transforming Agriculture in the Wake of Climate Change’ and the main objective was to give farmers a platform to share ideas on how to develop the agricultural sector. The chilly July winters could not hold CCB team back from taking part at this exciting annual activity. Like norm, there was a range of exhibitors from individuals, farmers, government, private sector, parastatal organisations and NGO’s who all came together to showcase their products and services to the public who attended the show. We did set objectives for ourselves to share knowledge and information, educate, and distribute user friendly resources as well as learn from farmers especially, on their farming experiences. We also answered questions from the general public and students on the non-lethal ways of protecting livestock, the livestock guarding dog program and the common one of the difference between the cheetah and leopard. Through efforts like this, Botswana predators can continue to live on.