Students in Botswana
We have an exciting option for student participation in the Okavango and Chobe regions of Botswana. We are partnering with the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) of the University of Botswana on a Human-Wildlife Conflict Research Project and in the near future we will be assisting community wildlife concessions with the implementation of the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks’ (DPNW) new wildlife monitoring protocol.
We will be assisting the ORI in National Parks and wildlife concessions with research on Human-wildlife Conflict (HWC), which is a serious management and conservation issue in Botswana. HWC research and mitigation strategies have been highlighted as important activities by the Government of Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP)’s. The research that we will be undertaking feeds directly into the management objectives of the DWNP and we will be working in hand with them on the ground.
Students and researchers make up an integral part of our projects. Students from all over the world have come to join us, and have made contributions on many levels. We have a number of student options to join us and include:
Student Conservation Experiences
Any registered students are welcome to join us as we perform this valuable research in partnership with the University of Botswana. This will involve working in a unique environment with high wildlife densities collecting data in a number of various ways, including distance sampling surveys, wildlife behavioural observations and point sampling. Students will gain valuable experience in all aspects of field research techniques and be able to add this vital experience to their CVs enhancing their employability in the future and provide them with add recognition when applying for entrance to post-graduate courses, which can often provide that much needed competitive advantage.
Internship and Experiential Learning Modules
As part of many course requirements students often need to perform a practical internship or experiential learning module in the field. We offer the perfect environment for this, where you will be able to partake in practical scientific fieldwork. This will mean working in a unique environment with high wildlife densities collecting data in a number of various ways, including distance sampling surveys, wildlife behavioural observations and point sampling. Wildlife ACT’s lead researcher in Botswana, Dr. Simon Morgan, will be able to communicate with course conveners at your university to establish learning objectives for your internship or experiential learning modules.
Undergraduate & Postgraduate Research Projects
Wildlife ACT would be able to assist you in developing a specific research project within the bounds of the research focus areas and assist with your application to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks though the University of Botswana. Students and researchers could ask for access to previous information collected before they arrived, so as to enhance their data set and projects. The depth of this can be discussed and formulated by the students with the Okavango Research Institute and with Wildlife ACT’s lead researcher in Botswana, Dr. Simon Morgan, to ensure meaningful wildlife conservation projects are developed.