BOTSWANA TULI WILDERNESS RESEARCH & CONSERVATION PROJECT
The Project is based in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve – a huge, unfenced 70,000 ha group of privately owned properties in the Tuli Block of South Eastern Botswana – and home to the largest population of elephants on private property in Africa

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The Tuli Wilderness Conservation Project in Botswana has been established with the aim of giving volunteers the opportunity to closely study wild animals in a wilderness environment - and produce meaningful and useful data which can be incorporated into other academic research projects.  The Project is based in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve – a huge, unfenced 70,000 ha group of privately owned properties in the Tuli Block of South Eastern Botswana – and home to the largest population of elephants on private property in Africa (over 1 800 Elephants).

Our property borders the great Limpopo river at is southern end and encompasses riverine thickets, mopane veld, open plains and boulder-strewn sandstone ecosystems complete with the general game species one would expect, including Eland, Zebra, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Kudu, Impala, and the smaller Bushbuck, Klipspringer, Duiker and Steenbok.  In amongst these general game species, lurk the predator population of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog and both Spotted and Brown Hyena.

Venturing out on foot or in a dedicated Game Viewer vehicle, the Volunteer Co-ordinator plans the days to ensure that data is recorded on each of the animal species and the various habitats.  The project focuses on the following:
• Elephant behaviour (herd make-up, movements, parent/offspring behaviour, individual characteristics, feeding traits, etc).
• Predator activity (species, territory utilisation, feeding and social behaviour).

Additionally, the volunteers collect data on general game, birds, vegetation mapping and tree population and growth. We can also include a specific focus to our Project, as requested by these research projects -maybe mapping a specific tree species or more specific information on feeding habits of one animal species.  Bush skills of identifying animals and birds and their behaviour, tree and plant identification and the interrelation between all of these is explained and taught by the Co-ordinator as well as the art of Tracking – such a valuable skill in finding animals and understanding their behaviour.  
Telemetry is an invaluable asset in locating our Lions, Leopard and Wild dog and is used to great effect day and night, giving both incredible viewing opportunities and the chance to record valuable data on the animals’ behaviour.

The data collected is added to our database which is periodically distributed to ongoing academic research projects both in this area and elsewhere, furthering man's knowledge of wilderness areas and the behaviour of the animals living therein.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

The project director sits as a trustee of Children in the Wilderness, Limpopo Valley, and through this trust Tuli Wilderness works with and supports children from the local communities, inspiring them to care for and protect their natural heritage.  We are actively involved within the schools and sponsor and operate 5-night camps for the local children, developing an interest and passion for conservation in them and nurturing leaders to become custodians of these fragile ecosystems in the future.

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