Interested in Studying Zoology in Botswana?
One of the real highlights that UNE can offer its students is its overseas study tours that visit a range of countries. Zoology's offering is coordinated by Paul McDonald and aims to give students a taste of zoological interactions in a totally new region for those familiar with Australian animals. There is a focus on human-wildlife conflict, conservation and gaining valuable field skills across a range of research areas while visiting key wildlife refuges in Botswana and Zambia.
This is not a holiday, students work together in a team to gather data across a range of research projects using equipment such as bioacoustic recorders, camera traps and binoculars to gather data on avian and mammal biodiversity, behavioural interactions between predators and prey, termite abundance and diversity as well as developing key field skills in identification of species and individuals.
The two week itinerary covers such iconic areas as the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe River, Baines Baobabs, Nxai Pan and a detour into Zambia to view Victoria Falls and white rhinoceros. These are some of the most iconic wildlife viewing areas in sub-Saharan Africa, with highlights from past trips including:
- Lion, Leopard, Serval, Cheetah and African Wild Cat
- African Hunting Dog, Spotted Hyaena, Bat-eared Fox, Black-backed Jackal, Meerkat
- Elephant, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Buffalo
- Impala, Steenbok, Greater Kudu, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Springbok, Sitatunga
We typically see over 200 bird species during the trip, as well as Nile Crocodiles, Water Monitors and enormous termite mounds. Participants also view 2,000 year old rock paintings and experience a cultural night where they learn about local issues concerning wildlife and living in Botswana.
The 2018 tour has returned and was very successful. See this link for a travel diary of what we found here.
A gallery of some of the animals seen in previous trips can also be viewed here.
Stay tuned for the next trip that will depart in 2020. We have lots of ideas for this trip, and will be posting updates for applications early in 2020. If you'd like to be added to the mailing list, send Paul an email to keep in touch.
For more information, contact Assoc. Prof. Paul McDonald