Research Areas

Botswana herbivore research's investigations focus on medium sized herbivores such as zebra, wildebeest, tsessebe and impala. All these species are key herbivores within northern Botswana.

Okavango Delta Herbivore Research

Research began in 2005, its aim being to increase our understanding of the present state of herbivores in the Delta. The project focussed on two areas; what factors were most important in predicting herbivore occurence and how did herbivores move between preferred areas. A wide variety of field techniques were used to collect high quality data, including detailed vegetation analysis, herbivore distribution counts and the deployment of GPS collars onto specific study animals.

For more detailed information on the aims and findings of this project please go to Okavango Delta Herbivore Research

Okavango-Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration Research

In 2007, a number of study animals GPS collared for the Okavango Delta Herbivore Research surprised us by migrating to the Makgadikgadi National Park. At 580km round trip this is the second longest zebra migration in existence. A project has now commenced focussing purely on this migration; the aim being to increase our understanding of its biology and its implication for conservationists

For more detailed information about this new and exciting project please go to Okavango-Makgadikgadi Migration Research

The ecology of African Ecology in the Okavango Delta

African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) form a large part of the total mammalian biomass of the Okavango Delta. Their large size, combined with their gregarious nature, means that herds several hundreds or even thousands strong are likely to have a substantial impact on their environment. The changeable terrain and high water levels found in the Okavango Delta make for challenging fieldwork conditions, which is why, until, very little research had been carried out on the herbivore species in the ecosystem.

This project investigated a number of areas of the buffalo ecology. For more detailed information please go to The Ecology of African Ecology in the Okavango Delta