habitat & wildlife 

Transforming land use – until 2002, the entire area that Morama sits within, was grazed by cattle at unsustainable levels. The flora could not sustain such numbers and detrimental effects occurred – in particular increased bush encroachment and the loss of more open grassland, a classic indicator of heavy over grazing. Morama offered an alternative land use and allowed the cattle to be moved to more suitable grazing areas.

 

Habitat restoration – to counteract the effects of the over grazing, much work has taken place to reduce the bush encroachment and open up grazing opportunities for wildlife.

 

Poaching protection – our presence in the area has created a reduction of poaching, on both a local bush meat scale and a more professional scale in the hunt for ivory. We do not carry out armed patrols.

 

Water provision – we have the capacity to provide water for migratory species, along their migratory route. Although this is not a completely natural process, it allows the unmolested use of the migration route, and reduces the spread of elephant into more populated areas, thus reducing human/wildlife conflict.

 

Species population numbers – monitoring of numbers since 2002, has proved a picture of increased population density, particularly of larger mammals.. 

Additional areas of development

  • Increase in grassland cover across the reserve

  • Reduction in woody species

  • Maintenance of seasonal pans with regular supply of water

  • Removal of competitors and threats to wildlife e.g. domestic stock and poaching.

  • Wildlife census and monitoring

  • Increase in biodiversity

  • Publication of research results

  • Establishment of trans-frontier wildlife conservation area between Botswana and Namibia