Hello 2022! January is an exciting month for us at AWCRC as we brace ourselves to say goodbye to several of our volunteers and students, whilst preparing for the arrival of fresh faces by the end of the month.
In 2021, we welcomed volunteers and students from all over the world including the USA, UK, France, Italy, Sudan and Canada. Together, we had the enormous privilege of continuing to carry out primate and wildlife research on our farm and out in the community, whilst most others continued to ride out the pandemic under less fortunate circumstances.
Throughout this past year, we began the hard work of habituating a wild troop of chacma baboons and continued to create a long-term dataset for our dump raiding baboons. We studied sleeping site selection, carried out snare sweeps, surveyed grass types for wildlife management, began researching the efficacy of livestock guardian dogs, had many vervet monkey break-ins, counted thousands of leaves and fruit pods, began teaching English in Alldays, mapped out a sea of baobab trees, and threw our hands in the air as the baboons continued to outsmart us. We can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store for us!