Conservation Research Volunteering in Zambezi National Park
February 21 2014

Eland

Eland

Following the full moon on Valentine`s Day the volunteers from the Victoria Falls Research Program conducted a 12 hour waterhole count at one of the man made watering holes, Chamabondo Borehole 3. The team set up camp close to the viewing platform where they would seek refuge if it was to rain or when others would take a rest from their game watching shift.

Camping in Zambezi National Park

Unfortunately not many animals visited the waterhole that night, but the beautiful moonlight made the evening a wonderful experience.  Lions could be heard roaring through the night an estimated 1km distance and kept most of the people awake hoping to cast an eye on them.

Among some of the beautiful animals sighted were eland and some of the amazing birdlife of the area, such as the Shaft-tailed Whydah

Shaft-tailed Whydah

As the week proceeded, days as part of the research team could not get any better. A sub-adult female leopard was sighted crossing the road during an early morning drive for the biodiversity monitoring of large mammals.

Leopard Zambezi National Park

A few nights later, another of these rare and elusive predators showed itself in front of the volunteer accommodations. Then,  24 hours after such a splendid sighting, we also sighted seven African wild dogs crossing the road.

African wild dog Zambezi National Park

There are always many interesting birds, mammals and insects to see in the Park as we conduct our various conservation programs and no matter how many times we see them, they are always impressive.  The determination they have doing their daily work is inspriring, including the likes of the Flattened Giant Dung Beetles who are always gathering dung in preparation of their breeding season.      

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Flattened Giant Dung Beetle

 

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