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.
This project investigates the conservation status of Namaqua and Burchell’s sandgrouse on Tswalu Kalahari.
Climate change is a real threat to arid and semi-arid ecosystems which are expected to be severely altered.
This project focuses on assessing antlion abundance and diversity in Tswalu Kalahari’s unique ecosystem
The main focus of this project is raptor conservation in the southern Kalahari
This project investigates the extreme association between the Sociable Weaver and the Pygmy Falcon
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.
This project aims to predict Kalahari desert birds’ responses to climate change.
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.
This project focuses on how large predators
Tswalu Kalahari is continuously looking at ways to reduce our ecological footprint
This project arose through the concern of a visiting doctor from Germany.
Tswalu encourages staff to stay with their families on the property.
For further information, participation and/ or donations please contact Tswalu Management