Wilderness Safaris Botswana - Conservation Team

Έγινε μέλος στις: Ιουλ 26, 2019 Τελευταία δραστηριότητα στις: Ιουν 09, 2021 iNaturalist

The Wilderness Safaris Botswana Conservation Team is responsible for: (1) ensuring that the business is environmentally sustainable by reducing our foot print on the wilderness areas in which we operate ; (2) conducting the ongoing biomonitoring within our area of operations; (3) supporting and facilitating visiting scientists conducting research from our remote camps and; (4) facilitating a multitude of special projects to protect and conserve our areas of operation including our Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project . Our conservation team consists of Segametsi Monnamorwa (Environmental Manager), Kylie McQualter (Conservation Biologist), Rob Taylor (Ecologist), Baz Sandenbergh (Sustainability Coordinator), and Boniface Sekondeko (Administrator). Additionally we work closely with many government departments, local and international universities, NGO’s and independent researchers/conservationists.

We have recently started our biodiversity monitoring programme, in the form of a biannual bioblitz. We have been using iNaturalist as a platform to collate and share records, to identify organisms we are not familiar with, and to communicate with other conservationists. We hope to contribute towards a better understanding of the biodiversity in our region. Additionally we hope that we can attract more researchers to focus their studies and conservation efforts towards these economically and ecologically important conservation areas. Observations from within our concessions can be seen here and these observations still need IDs. To date 1134 observations have been made in our concessions of 430 species, which include 56 dragonflies and damselflies, 51 moths and butterflies, 43 beetles – including 14 dung beetles, 38 fish, 21 ants, 17 bugs, 11 gastropods, 19 reptiles, 9 frogs and 83 species of wetland/riparian plants. We hope these observations excite you!

To further support research and conservation Wilderness Safaris formed the independent Wilderness Wildlife Trust. This trust supports conservation and research projects which meet our conservation goals and objectives. Visit that website to donate or to inquire about potential funding for suitable projects. All structured research projects in Botswana must be approved by the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism and be conducted under a valid research permit.

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