Mankwe has recently hosted our 40th Earthwatch Team, this team was made up of 9 enthusiastic teens and 2 staff members. The team was sponsored by the Picerne Foundation and the teens were involved in research, management of the reserve and were educated
Otley College from Southern U.K have just spent 10 days at Mankwe on a field course. There were 11 students who were accompanied by their lecturing staff, Kevin and Vicky. This small motivated group was interested in all aspects of wildlife management and I was impressed with the amount of effort they put into their personal projects. 800 different dung beetles were collected in the dung beetle project and an interesting behavioural study was done at the waterholes using camera traps. The most impressive thing about this group was the empathy and passion they showed to the plight of the rhino in South Africa.
They had excellent game viewing whilst at Mankwe and in the Pilanesberg including lion, black rhino and elephant.
They were also fortunate enough to see several different snake species as they are very active at this time of the year.
Thank you to the group for being such an interested group and for supporting us in our anti poaching efforts.