Round River, in partnership with the University of Botswana Okavango Research Institute (ORI) and local Community Trusts, is assisting with wildlife monitoring in selected Wildlife Management Areas in northeastern Botswana.
Botswana is home to some of the world’s most abundant and diverse wildlife populations. Two immense wetlands, the Chobe-Linyanti-Zambezi Wetland and the Okavango Delta, support Africa’s largest concentration of carnivores and are home to over 60% of Africa’s elephants. The Okavango Delta, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the largest inland deltas in the world and supports a vast array of critical ecosystem services within an otherwise semi-arid region of northern Botswana. Surprisingly now for yet unknown reasons many of the wildlife populations of Botswana are now in serious decline. Round River’s efforts in Botswana are to begin to understand this decline and to assist local communities monitor these populations.
This program involves a variety of research activities that include assisting local communities with wildlife monitoring and wildlife demography studies, monitoring rare and threatened bird populations, computer and equipment training with community escort guides, and conducting vegetation surveys.