Kalahari Research and Conservation (KRC), was established by Dr Glyn Maude in 2008. Over the years KRC and its team has built up a wealth of experience in successfully conducting significant and long lasting research on wildlife in Botswana and then playing a leading role in wildlife conservation efforts.
Based in Hukuntsi the KRC team is a multinational blend of scientists, students and conservationists with a Botswana core.
In that time we have worked effectively with the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), local communities and other stakeholders. The majority of our efforts are aimed at the arid Kalahari environment in Botswana, in both the formally government park protected areas and the adjacent Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). There have been a number of separate wildlife projects we have undertaken working with wildlife in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), Makgadikgadi and Linyanti regions learning more about wild dogs, lions and wildebeest. Our more recent work is in the SW region of Botswana in the Kalahari Transfrontier Park (KTP), with a strong focus on the wildlife in the WMAs to the north. At present with have students on projects working with wild dogs and springbok and we work hand in hand with the DWNP on conservation issues concerning lions and other wildlife in the arid SW region.
Our overall goal here is to address issues that involve “landscape conservation” and threats to this and to work towards the preservation of this remarkable region of Botswana.
KRC takes a holistic view to understanding the Kalahari as we study predator-prey dynamics across the ecosystem. We conduct a number of studies on different species which all contribute to improving our understanding of the ecosystem and leading towards applied conservation activities.
Raptors Botswana is a “sister group” and the flag under which we do our conservation work on vultures. All vulture species in Botswana are either critically endangered or endangered so we view our work with vulture as very important. As vultures move all around Botswana and indeed southern Africa, we partner with many organisations and deal with many issues that affect the conservation of vultures.
KRC also conducts a variety of outreach programs in the communities living near the KTP and in other parts of Botswana.
Engaging and involving communities can be an important part of wildlife conservation. We believe that developing local capacity is the key to long term and sustainable wildlife conservation in Botswana and most of our students and team members are Botswana Nationals.
Of the eight students that have passed or are about to pass their masters or PhD programs with KRC, six have come from Botswana and all are actively involved in wildlife conservation today in Botswana.
The Kalahari is a unique and fragile ecosystem supporting a rich diversity of plants and animals.
Kalahari Research and Conservation are working to understand and conserve this distinctive landscape in the face of increasing challenges.