A Bat-tastic Beginning for 2015!

One of our netting sites, the Hunkab Spring, in Kunene District, Namibia (Photo by Theresa Laverty)
One of our netting sites, the Hunkab Spring, is a whisper of water in the Kunene District of northwestern Namibia. (Photo by Theresa Laverty)

Sometimes fieldwork can be both mentally and physically exhausting, but for the most part, I am reminded just how lucky I am to find myself working in such a beautiful and isolated part of the world. I’m here in the deserts of Namibia, following waterways wet and dry to find and study the bats that depend upon them for survival.

Rhino Encounter

From where my last post left off at the western end of the Hoanib River, I went along with Archie Gawusab, my local field assistant, north to Okongwe’s waterhole, seeing absolutely no one on the road, or rather 4×4 track, that day.

We netted at the artificial spring that evening. A herd of Hartmann’s mountain zebra joined us near the waterhole, but were too fearful to come and drink until after we wrapped up our fieldwork around 11pm that night.

After catching four bats earlier in the evening, Archie spotted a black rhino approaching the waterhole around 9:45pm. Like all rhinos I have seen in the field, this one was extremely cautious, but we went unnoticed downwind. —> Read More Here


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