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Rhino Rescue

The method of removing a Rhino stuck in the mud Estimated time ~9hrs. What you need: – Torch (1 for 25 people) – Land rover or 4 elephants, which ever is closest – Firewood, because no Mokolodi event is complete without bush braai – Coffee (sweet and black coming out of thin air) – 4…

Giraffe death/skeleton building

Right before we left for our trip to Chobe a young giraffe had a compound leg fracture and they were just going to go and see if it would be possible to operate, or if they would have to euthanize. Well they wound up having to euthanize, so Janna (the vet student volunteer) did a…

Rock pythons!

Mokolodi has a snake relocation program. They got a call one day about a giant rock python is somebody’s yard so it was collected and brought back to the park. So we micro chipped it and checked that it was healthy and took measurements, it was 3.61m and 26.9kg male and he was quite feisty,…

Supplemental feeding schedule

We developed a feeding schedule for the park to decrease the pressure and competition for food on the other animals as well as reduce some of the pressure on the vegetation. Feeding the animals was always an adventure, having to throw bales of Lucerne from the truck to the hippos, and running away from charging…

arrival at mokolodi

After a 5 days of orientation in Gaborone we moved out to Mokolodi! I wish I had practiced Setswana a bit more. We couldn’t be welcomed to Mokolodi by more friendly people! Emanuel Martin (the conservation officer) made sure we had a good tour of the park, and a couple of the local volunteers, Jame…

Vegetation Assessment 2007

Since the park is generally a closed system (it is fenced) the condition of the vegetation is crucial to the survival of the animals. The vegetation assessment is used to determine the carrying capacity of the park (the number of herbivores that the vegetation can sustain). While conducting the fieldwork for the vegetation assessment the…

U Vic Student to work as Environmental Education Officer in Botswana

Hi my name is Erin LeSeach and I’m a 3rd year biology student at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. As an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast I have always had a strong interest in outdoor education. My experience in biology has further expanded my interest in human health.