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Our aim is to create a hub of knowledge in Southern Namibia by gathering experts in all as aspects of the natural world to better understand our ecosystem. You will embark on a remote expedition, explore a place not many people have, learn new skills and help us discover what species exist on our 45,000 hectares of wild land. You will be part of a long-standing research project surveying the flora and fauna to create an archive of information for one of Southern Namibia's largest protected areas. The land has never been studied before and so much is unknown, this is your chance to go on a true biodiversity exploration.
Oana conservancy is in transitional phase from a livestock/hunting ranch into a protected area for wildlife. You will be involved in regenerating the habitat, clearing scrap, taking down fences, revegetation, vulture restaurant and developing water points for the animals.
You will be in charge of surveying the land for invasive species. Our current problem is with Prosopis a highly invasive plant which you will study and eradicate. Once you have cleared the invasive species you will work on our indigenous tree nursery.
Leopard Density and Home Ranges
You will be involved in our ongoing leopard survey, this involves identifying key game trails, setting up camera traps and ID-ing individuals. You will learn capture recapture methods and map each leopard's territory to find out home ranges.
Mammal game counts are mostly carried out on foot and using camera traps. You will venture off into the mountains to conduct peak counts using telescopes in search for Mountain Zebra, Kudu, Gemsbok and hopefully an African Leopard! You will also conduct bird and amphibian surveys on the river and hopefully spot the African Clawless Otters.
Spore Tracking/Scat Identification
We use spore tracking and scat identification as a means of taking stock on what species exist on the land and to monitor movements. You will track spore with the Khwe bushmen which are some of the best wildlife trackers in Africa. You will collect scat, identify the species, log the data and take specimens back to base camp to conduct dietary analysis using a microscope.
Bee-keeping is a relevant and important part of conservation, the bee population worldwide is decreasing. You will learn all about bee ecology and harvest a hive yourself, a truly buzzing experience!
Relocation and Release
Relocating and releasing animals is often necessary. This however is not a guaranteed project, we only release if 100% necessary and if thorough assessment has taken place.
Known wildlife on Oana Conservancy (click to scroll through)