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 Botswana.
Our translocated conflict cheetah Thaki has been doing well. Over the course of her first 18 days in her new area she has been exploring the neighborhood. She managed to cover 200km in total and, several times, has travelled more than 20km per day. She's in a good area where she's unlikely to have conflict with humans but lions could be another story. If she can avoid them, she will be fine. She seems to be off to a good start, and it will certainly be interesting to see what the coming weeks bring whether she continues her explorations or seems to settle in a particular area.
CCB volunteers Harriet and Alex, along with their Bushmen trackers, were lucky enough to spend over a week in the CKGR during mid November 2014 taking part in a large carnivore spoor survey which involved a number of wildlife researchers from throughout the country. Despite being almost washed away by very heavy rains and magnificent thunderstorms, they found cheetah, leopard, lion, brown hyena, and African wild dog spoor. They were lucky enough to get direct sightings of the famed black-maned Kalahari lions, many bat-eared foxes and even an aardwolf! They had no direct sightings of cheetah unfortunately but the numerous spoor they encountered signals positive signs for the species in the CKGR. We want to thank Kalahari Research and Conservation for having us join them to be a part of this survey.
CCB sponsored Lekgolobotlo Primary School for the cleanliness classroom competition on the 12th November 2014. The competition was introduced in the beginning of the year 2014 for all the 12 classrooms in the school. The objective of the competition was to create awareness about the importance of keeping the surroundings clean and to encourage teachers and students to take up responsibility to maintain their own classrooms. The judging and awarding of the prizes took place on the 12th November 2014. The judge’s panel comprised of the village senior nurse, CCB personnel, the vice-chairperson of the Village Development Committee, the chairperson of Parents Teachers Association and the local Chief. The students and teachers thanked CCB for the generous support with prizes. The school head assured all that they will continue to strive for clean surroundings since clean environments creates calm and focus mind.