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2011 Research Report - Caprivi Spotted hyaenas: Lise Hanssen

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Spotted hyaena Ecology and Human-Wildlife Conflict

in the Caprivi Region of Namibia.

2011 Research Report

 

Lise Hanssen, Caprivi Carnivore Project, PO Box 8027, Kongola, Caprivi Region, Namibia.

Tel: +264 (0)81 129 4060; Email: carnivores@iway.na

 

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The Caprivi Region lies in north east Namibia and stretches 450 km from east to west. The west Caprivi is bordered by Angola in the north and Botswana in the south. The Kavango River lies to the west and the Kwando River lies to the east, separating the west Caprivi from the East Caprivi. The west Caprivi(formerly known as the Caprivi Strip)is approximately 200 km long, stretching from the Divundu police checkpoint in the west to the Kongola police checkpoint in the East, and is 32 km (20 miles) wide. This strip of land along with Mahango Game Reserve, which lies on the western side of the Kavango River received National Park status in 2009 and is now known as Bwabwata National Park (BNP).

 

BNP covers an area of approximately 6000 km2: The landscape is shaped by thick deposits of Kalahari sands and perennial rivers with their associated floodplains. The majority of the area consists of sand dunes which are dominated by Kalahari woodland vegetation type (Mendelsohn, et al. 1998). The areas adjacent to the perennial rivers within BNP are considered core conservation areas and extend for approximately 30 km into the interior. These areas have the highest concentration of wildlife particularly during the late dry season when the perennial rivers are the only sources of water in the west Caprivi. The Buffalo Core Conservation Area lies east of the Kavango River and south of the trans-Caprivi highway and the Kwando Core Conservation area lies west of the Kwando River as well and both north and south of the trans-Caprivi highway. Together these Core Areas cover an area of approximately 1500 km2 of BNP.

To read the rest of the report, please click on the PDF link below.

 

(Report courtesy and copyright Lise Hanssen, Caprivi Carnivore Project, PO Box 8027, Kongola, Caprivi Region, Namibia.

Tel: +264 (0)81 129 4060; Email: carnivores@iway.na

 

 

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2011 Research Report - Caprivi Spotted hyaenas.pdf

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