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Earth Expeditions Coursework at CCF
July 21, 2014 - July 31, 2014
Earth Expeditions is returning to CCF in Namibia for their 8th consecutive year! Participants gain course credit by helping with the our annual waterhole count, as well as learning about cheetahs- husbandry & re-wilding, Livestock & guarding dog program, predator friendly farming, bush encroachment & bushblok.
This year the waterhole count is July 26th, 2014- The annual Waterberg Conservancy waterhole count provides population and density estimates and trends of game species on the Waterberg Conservancy farms. The count also provides information on group sizes and population demographics and is vital for long-term monitoring. Through continued regular monitoring of wildlife populations utilizing the conservancy lands, more effective conservation of game species will be possible. Data from the counts is used to determine which species and sexes should be hunted to sustain a healthy population, as well as to highlight those that need to be conserved. Regular monitoring of key indicator species gives an indication as to the health of the ecosystem in general, signaling problems as they emerge and while they are still manageable.
Waterholes across all of the Waterberg Conservancy will be monitored for 12 hours straight. The observers (two persons per waterhole) consisted of CCF staff, interns and volunteers, as well as, members of the Earth Expeditions group and field rangers from Okakarara.