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Following is extracted with permission from the June newsletter of the Caprivi Carnivore Project Large carnivore observations by members of the public in Bwabwata National Park (West Caprivi) are becoming more frequent. Together with spoor observations as well as photographs from the infra-red cameras placed within the park, these records are slowly putting together a bigger picture of not only large carnivore species, but also age classes and social group sizes.This information has been... Read On
One of the main attractions of sport fishing in the Zambezi River is the variety of species that can be caught. What many anglers don’t realise is that the number of species they catch is a small proportion of the species that actually occur in the river and surrounding lagoons and floodplains.The fish fauna of the section of river targeted in the annual International Zambezi Classic angling tournament held in Caprivi in August is supposedly well-known. About 80 fish species are currently... Read On
Fish from the Zambezi River are used by a variety of people, from small children catching fish with reed fishing rods from roadside culverts for fun, to commercial net fishermen and recreational anglers. These latter and the tourist industry that they support are an important component of the Zambezi fisheries. The cleaner in a fishing lodge is as much part of the fishing industry as the gill net fisherman in his makoro.Of all the habitats used by fishes and fishers, floodplains are the most... Read On
For most of the past year I have been living in a two-man tent on the banks of the Kavango, Kwando and Zambezi Rivers and Lake Liambezi in north-eastern Namibia. Aside from mastering the art of ground level cooking (not easy when you are 6ft 5in) and eating enough bream for a lifetime, I have learnt a tremendous amount about the three rivers and lake, and the fishes therein. I have been studying the biology of the larger bream (tilapia) species for my MSc at the University of Namibia. The aim... Read On
 Botswana is home to a myriad of projects funded by government and NGO (non-governmental organisations) groups interested in research, education and outreach. As area researchers can attest, funding these days is not only highly competitive but can take years to procure.One US-based agency, the National Science Foundation (NSF), established a Rapid Response programme to provide smaller grants in unusual situations where time is critical and the opportunity to capture that phenomenon of... Read On
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