13th May 2010
Eight days after landing in Namibia we finally have the whole field team and all the kit at the field site! In this time AJ and I have driven a combined total of 1150km, burning more fuel than I care to calculate, collecting tonnes of kit, mountains of food and six keen and (hopefully) willing volunteers!
The Tsaobis Baboon Project studies the behavioural and population ecology of a wild chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) population on the edge of the Namib Desert near Karibib in central Namibia. In 2010 Alecia (AJ) and I (Harry) are conducting fieldwork on the Project as part of our PhDs. We are studying, respectively:
- the evolution of personality
- social foraging and environmental change
To do this we have a team of three volunteers each to help us collect data over a four month field season and today is the first day of the season!
Over the next four months the field team will be recording their experiences of baboon fieldwork here. This will no doubt include stories of baboon antics to make you laugh and make you cry, fieldwork trials and tribulations most likely involving unruly 4x4s (these will make us cry) as well as any other interesting and/or amusing experience or anecdote the team would like to share with you.
So far, we have all arrived safely and managed to only leave one bag in Windhoek. Last night we had an excellent start-of-season braai (bbq) with Maria our landlord and farm manager, her partner Teddy and their criminally cute son, Sunene, and some excellent Ukuib Farm Oryx steaks! Now, it is time for work and the team induction. In the meantime, please keep checking back here to see how Tsaobis Baboon Project 2010 unfolds!
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