Hot news from Senegal - monitoring of the kinship and research activities

10/02/2015 14:59

At the end of the year 2014, a research team left the Czech Republic to fulfil several important tasks in Senegal. The journey was not routine by airplane but full of adventure. The students and researchers from the Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) Prague and members of NGO Derbianus drove Land Rover Discovery from Prague to Niokolo Koba National Park in Senegal to monitor there endangered wildlife. 

The aim of this mission was the installation of camera traps inside the park which should help to find the last wild Derby elands in Senegal. You can follow their experiences at https://www.facebook.com/Niokolo.Koba.Expedition .

The team also participated in the inauguration of photos of our photographer Tom Junek. Photos of Derby elands and Czech-Senegalese team in activities related to the conservation of this critically endangered antelope will be exhibited in the shopping centre Sea Plaza in Dakar till the 21st February.

The second team, composed of two students of CULS Prague, flied to Senegal in the end of January to monitor the kinship of new-born calves of Derby elands in Bandia and Fathala reserves. The girls are very active and successful. Till now, they determined mothers of seven calves and they also follow other tasks mainly connected with research activities. 

 

The research is focused on social and feeding behaviour of semi-captive giraffes, on parasitological examination of faeces of ostriches and on DNA sampling of several antelope species to study their relationships.