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!
Select a blog
Our people are our greatest asset and we realise our vision for a world where wildlife thrives through their ideas, skills and passion. An inspired, informed and empowered community of people work, study and volunteer together at ZSL.
A blog for lovers of ZSL London Zoo, bringing you extraordinary animal facts and exclusive access to the world's oldest scientific zoo.
Do you love wildlife? Discover more about our amazing animals at the UK's biggest zoo!
We're working around the world to conserve animals and their habitats, find out more about our latest achievements.
From the field to the lab, catch up with the scientists on the cutting edge of conservation biology at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology.
A day in Discovery and Learning at ZSL is never dull! The team tell us all about the exciting sessions for school children, as well as work further afield.
Every month, one of the pieces held in ZSL’s Library and at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will feature here as Artefact of the Month.
Read testimonials from our Members and extracts from ZSL's award winning members' magazine, Wild About.
The Chagos archipelago is a rare haven for marine biodiversity. Hear from the team about our projects to protect the environments in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).
ZSL works across Asia, from the famous national parks of Nepal to marine protected areas in the Philippines. Read the latest updates on our conservation.
An Open Access journal for research at the interface of remote sensing, ecology and conservation.