Today we were visited by Tshepiso, who runs a local ecotourism business. Her talk covered the economic and cultural significance of tourism in Botswana, the second largest industry in the country. She also discussed the goals of ecotourism and its rising popularity in the global tourism industry.
Yesterday morning we had a talk from Elmar who studies dragonflies and damselflies in Botswana. His work uses these species as bioindicators, useful for the rapid assessment of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem health. After the presentation we took some sampling nets down to the river to try our hand at dragonfly sampling.
Tshepiso presenting on tourism in Botswana.
Elmar presenting on the use of dragonflies as bioindicators.
Alec and Mike waded into the water to try their hand at catching dragonflies.
Zoi takes a turn at macroinvertebrate sampling.
Elmar holds one of the common damselfly species of the region.
Cullen and Sophia caught some nice specimens.