Our PhD candidate Marie Gielen had her PhD study's crucial data collection come under threat from the COVID-19 lockdowns. Thankfully she was granted permission to travel to the Western Kalahari Conservation Corridor with her San trackers at the start of June. They conducted one of Marie’s many month-long surveys counting wildlife footprints (spoor) on the sand roads between Botswana’s two biggest protected areas, in the famed Western Kalahari Conservation Corridor. Apart from the freezing conditions (her water bottle actually froze overnight inside her tent - see photo below), she professed to having a wonderful time. The rough sand roads were tough on her field vehicle, which suffered from destroyed break discs, flat tyres, an overheating engine (which subsequently required her to replace the fan), and broken shocks, but in Marie’s words “fortunately no major break downs”. Including the back and forth trips to the closest villages to fill up with fuel, she covered a total distance of 3,324.5 kilometers (2,065 miles) in only four weeks. An impressive achievement, especially considering the thick sand roads they were mostly travelling on! Well done Marie! Her study aims at looking at the populations and movements of wildlife through this crucial are of connectivity, and how wildlife is affected by farms, human settlements and artificial water points.