Apart from the annual game aerial game count and personal observations by the members, there is no ecological management on this sector of the reserve.
This is an initiative of the OWGR Game Rangers Association and is designed as a long-term data capture project to establish a resource base of information that can assist the managers in decision-making processes associated with the wildlife of this area.The outputs or products of this initiative will assist managers and game rangers in understanding the following:
- Monitor long term trends in animal and vegetation communities (association of species).
- Animal movement patters.
- Help predict changes in animal and vegetation communities.
- Help to detect any undesirable changes / manipulation of vegetation and animal populations / communities.
- Provide baseline data on which to evaluate trends and changes and therefore provide a basis for ecological management decision.
- This data will also assist in demonstrating the effectiveness of management actions.- Prevent speculation based on short-term observations.
- Identify any crisis in specific species populations or communities timorously.
- Best practise guide for consumptive and non-consumptive activities in the reserve.
This data capture regime will assist in understanding the following:
- Movement patterns.
- Changes in behaviour (habituation, effects of hunting, etc.).
- Inter and intra species competition (EG. Predator / prey, predator / predator).
- Recruitment rates. - Predict seasonal trends in wild life populations.
- Draw a correlation between primary production (grazing / browsing materials), consumers (browsers, grazers) and water resources.
We work very closely with Save the Elephants to monitor the impact of the Elephant Herds within the reserve.