Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 22 on 03 February 2014. Visit the Simalaha Community Conservancy and see how wildlife and local people can exist in harmony, take a trip underwater with new technology designed to conduct marine biodiversity surveys and meet some amazing nocturnal creatures in this week’s episode!
Simalaha Community Conservancy
Traditional reserves were areas set apart purely for indigenous fauna and flora to exist in relative isolation from human influence. Often, in conservation, this is not possible and not necessarily ideal. Conservancies are conservation areas in which wildlife and local communities exist in harmony. The Peace Parks Foundation and WWF Germany have funded the development of the Simalaha Community Conservancy which forms a key part of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area – the world’s largest Transfrontier Conservation Area that crosses five countries – Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola – and provides a major elephant migration route. The uniqueness of this conservancy is that it was first proposed by the two Chiefs living in this area and allows local ownership and involvement in the management of the conservancy. Including principles such as conservation agriculture, environmental sustainability and local empowerment, this conservancy is an exciting new concept for conservation as a whole.
BRUVS – Baited Remote Underwater Video
The monitoring and management of Marine Protected Areas is notoriously difficult. Biodiversity surveys are achievable on land with aerial game counts and other on-foot survey techniques. But how do you measure the same thing under the ocean? Current monitoring techniques in South Africa such as SCUBA surveys and controlled angling surveys are expensive, reliant on skilled labour, and usable only to certain depths and in particular ocean conditions. A new method using Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) cameras is changing all this. The concept is simple: fish are attracted within the field of view of an underwater camera and the footage is brought ashore for analysis. Join Maurice as he investigates this new technique which takes the viewer deep under the ocean to reveal an abundance of species with some unique behaviour.
James takes us on a night drive through the bush and discovers animals that lurk in the dark! Scrub hares, hyenas, jackals and African wildcats all have physiological and behavioural adaptations that allow them to forage at night. James explains some of these interesting traits.
In this week’s VeldFokus we have some monster earth worms, fiery escapes, close elephant encounters and alien-looking clouds!