The Lekanyane holding and research pens are now under construction. The pens will be used as a transit facility during relocations of predators.
The house has electricity
which is an added bonus in this area. All thanks to Chris Woolcott for
In January this year we collected an orphaned Blue Wildebeest calf from a farm in the district. She is doing very well and is being raised with some calves on the farm. When she is old enough she will slowly find her way back into the bush, hopefully to join a herd with a handsome male. We are still trying to name her. Take a look at the photo and come up with a name!!
Some interresting fossils were found whilst digging a septic tank in very hard calcrete stone. This one on the photo looks very much like a big molar tooth. It was found just outside Ghanzi , about 2 meters under ground.
Lekanyane ended a donor-dry , but challenging 2001, by having an exhibition at the Gantsi Senior Secondary School. This was during their year-end function. The table as usual was manned by two students and as always proved to be the highlight of the day with snakes and skulls on display amongst other environmental educational information
On a very positive note - the Lekanyane Project has been approved by The Department of Wildlife and National Parks, and they will issue the Relevant permits, after completion and inspection of the complex.
Dogs in Trouble...
Amongst rumors of plenty of wild dogs being shot on
the farms - one
Lekanyane has secured breaching funds to complete the relocation center. Thanks to Bob and Doreen McColaugh from Gaborone. This money needs to be paid back soon and we need support out there!! US$7000-00 are needed.
We also desperately need funds to purchase a netgun. To assist in capturing and relocation. This amounts to US$5000-00.
Reports of healthy packs of wilddogs reach us every day. These dogs seem to be operating just north of the Central Kalahari - on the freehold farms.
Lekanyane has applied for a research permit and hopes to have the first student working on gathering info and data in the settlements and among cattlepost farmers, as soon as June this year.
We also paid a weekly visit to a local private
school in order to address, and do programmes, with their wildlife club.
During some of these visits we have asked a member of the Department of
Wildlife and National Parks to join in. We hope the exposure to environmental
education will eventually also give them the experience needed to work
Under Construction ??
We have our own web master now!! Derek Smit, one of our Directors, has taken the site under his wing and we are sure to see some positive changes and more regular news items on it soon. Thanks Derek!
Wildlife can co-exist with humans!!!!! This
photo was taken by Lisa de Jongh in a village called Tutume. This zebra
is a long term resident of the village and seemed to be very happy indeed!