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New Earthwatch Projects Announced for 2011

Monday 21st February 2011

Join the first Earthwatch research expedition to Vhembe UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Be the first to help us conserve leopard, brown hyaena, civet, aardvark, bushbuck, and red duiker. Observe chacma baboons and vervet monkeys on foot and at close quarters. Rich in diverse species, this corner of South Africa boasts one of the most varied and breathtaking natural, geological, archaeological and cultural systems anywhere in the world.

You’ll help researchers assess the role of the Soutpanberg Mountains in biodiversity conservation, assisting with camera-trapping, GPS data collection and scat analysis, and conducting observations of mammalian behavior. The data you help collect will provide detailed information on the potential for managing human-wildlife conflict in this important region, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You’ll help determine the actual extent of livestock depredation, a chief source of community concerns over animals like leopards, hyaenas, and other predators. You’ll also help study the actual rate of crop destruction by primate species, another key source of human/wildlife tension in the region.

With leopards, baboons, and other mammals under growing threat, you can help scientists discover how to preserve South African biodiversity.

Founded in 1971, Earthwatch is an international environmental charity which engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Visit the Earthwatch website for more details about these exciting new projects.