Results of the 2012/13 study can be otained from the recently submitted Msc thesis "Home is where you take it - The effect of translocation on movement and thermoregulatory behaviour of leopard tortoises in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa". Order a free electronic copy here.
At the end of December 2012, ten leopard tortoises were equipped with GPS transmitters at the Kuruman River Reserve (KRR), and their movements were observed closely. The fact that this site experienced a hot and exceptionally dry summer with the lowest rainfall since almost 30 years made field work slightly more challenging. On the one hand, it was difficult to find tortoises hidden in dense vegetation, and on the other hand, they were less active under these climatic conditions.
...we would like to say once more thank you very much to all our kind donors. We will have to bear a part of our expenses ourselves - still we are happy that all transmitters and materials are set and ready for our recent project.
Happy Holidays & stay tuned with the latest news from the Kalahari Desert!
Welcome to the Kalahari Tortoise Project website!
We are very excited to present to you this recently established project, located at the Kuruman River Reserve in South Africa where we are working closely together with the Kalahari Meerkat Project
We are presently in need of financial support for planned field work starting at the end of December 2012. Urgently required are dedicated and robust GPS transmitters. Read more about it here.