Okavango River Basin Exploration

On Monday, three teams started expeditions to the Okavango River Basin in an attempt to document the plants and animals in the Angolan highlands (part of the Okavango River basin that is not protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site). The highlands are home to leopards, cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, an “elephant highway” and more.

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The last expedition to the Okavango River Basin was in 2015.

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The world’s largest remaining elephant population lives in the Okavango Delta.

During the expedition, the teams will travel to remote villages to interview the local people about their perception of wildlife; they will lead the first underwater exploration of Cuito, Cuanavale, and Tchanssengwe source lakes; and they will use “fat bikes” to set 120 camera traps and record video footage of the Miombo woodlands. Their goal is to collect biodiversity data and rally public support to persuade the African government of the necessity of taking action to protect the area against poachers and land developers.

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