A vegetation sampling program is underway in the Zambezi National Park and neighbouring Matetsi Safari Area with a view to producing a vegetation map of the Park for use by management and researchers. Using satellite images a variety of broad vegetation cover types have been identified with the aim of ascertaining the vegetation at a sample of locations within each cover type.
Our Victoria Falls research team, along with a Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority botanist visited each sample site and undertook a 100m long step point survey. At 1m intervals along the transect line the vegetation was assessed for dominant grass, shrub and tree species. An photographic image of each sample location was also taken.
Once further sampling points have been undertaken the data set will be provided to Lupane State University to produce two maps showing vegetation cover and dominant species. The data points surveyed will be used to train non probabilistic classifiers in a remote sensing environment.
Once the task is completed for these areas the project will be extended to include the Victoria Falls National Park.
You can join this program as a volunteer and assist in vegetation sampling, studying large predators and helping with many other vital conservation and research projects in this stunning location. Click here for details.