The Tswalu Foundation The Tswalu Foundation

The Tswalu Foundation was founded by Jonathan Oppenheimer in 2008 with a single purpose; for visitors to involve themselves in Tswalu Kalahari’s ambitious research programme. Through the Foundation, benefactors may contribute to existing projects or even suggest and fund new research on a subject of their choice.

The Tswalu Foundation’s research programmes create a precious understanding of the Kalahari’s unique and under-examined flora and fauna. New knowledge is fundamental for the management and conservation of this unique part of Africa, as well as the development of a greater public appreciation for the elemental beauty of the Kalahari and the life it supports.

And such knowledge is shared here at Tswalu, just as it is being uncovered. Over the years we have learned that the success of a project is usually determined by how interactive it is; so researchers are encouraged to share their progress with our many guests who often then contribute to further work.

Researchers are invited to provide research material for each project to be displayed at the Motse. Our own conservationists and guides are fully inducted into the objectives of each study.

TSWALU FOUNDATION PROJECTS



Just some of the current projects actively being pursued here at Tswalu are highlighted below.

NAMAQUA AND BURCHELL’S SANDGROUSE

This project investigates the conservation status of Namaqua and Burchell’s sandgrouse on Tswalu Kalahari.

NAMAQUA AND BURCHELL’S SANDGROUSE

AARDVARK

Climate change is a real threat to arid and semi-arid ecosystems which are expected to be severely altered.

AARDVARK

ANTLION

This project focuses on assessing antlion abundance and diversity in Tswalu Kalahari’s unique ecosystem

ANTLION

THE SECRETARY BIRD

The main focus of this project is raptor conservation in the southern Kalahari

THE SECRETARY BIRD

THE SOCIABLE WEAVER AND THE PYGMY FALCON

This project investigates the extreme association between the Sociable Weaver and the Pygmy Falcon

THE SOCIABLE WEAVER AND THE PYGMY FALCON

SCORPIONS

Scorpions are generally disliked; yet they form a vital role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. This project aims to survey the scorpion diversity in Tswalu Kalahari.

SCORPIONS

KALAHARI DESERT BIRDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

This project aims to predict Kalahari desert birds’ responses to climate change.

KALAHARI DESERT BIRDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

THE COLONIAL WHITE-BROWED SPARROW WEAVER

The core aim of this project is to advance our understanding of the causes of variation in cooperative behaviour in animal societies, using the colonial white-browed sparrow weaver in Tswalu Kalahari as a model system.

THE COLONIAL WHITE-BROWED SPARROW WEAVER

HOW DO LARGE PREDATORS AFFECT THE FORAGING AND HABITAT USE OF HERBIVORES

This project focuses on how large predators

HOW DO LARGE PREDATORS AFFECT THE FORAGING AND HABITAT USE OF HERBIVORES

TUNNEL FARMING

Tswalu Kalahari is continuously looking at ways to reduce our ecological footprint

TUNNEL FARMING

THE CLINIC

This project arose through the concern of a visiting doctor from Germany.

THE CLINIC

THE CRECHE

Tswalu encourages staff to stay with their families on the property.

THE CRECHE

SHOULD YOU WISH TO MAKE A DONATION

Account name: Tswalu Foundation Trust
Bank: First National Bank
Branch: RMB Private Bank, Johannesburg
Address: Fredman Drive,Sandton, Gauteng
Branch / Sort Code: 26-12-51
Account number: 62336779949
SWIFT Code: Sort Code: FIRNZAJJ824

For further information, participation and/ or donations please contact Tswalu Management

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