Savannah Research Center
The Savanna Research Center is situated in Mbuluzi Game Reserve, NE Swaziland. Construction of the camp was completed in May 2013 and has since been fully operational – and officially launched on December 5th, 2014. The camp accommodates and supports national as well as international researchers, study abroad groups and volunteers. Internal ecological monitoring –and research projects are also conducted biannually in association with the University of Florida (lead by Prof. Bob McCleery + co-founder of the research camp) and University of Swaziland (lead by Prof. Ara Monadjem).
National and international researchers
For more information regarding costs and research, please contact the current camp coordinator, Morgan Vance: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Alternatively, for school groups, independent researchers or university groups you can find out more info on our Learn page.
Researchers are mainly post-graduate students furthering their degrees to MSc or PhD’s. So far we’ve had students from University of Florida, Tarleton State University, Trinity University and University of Swaziland. The research camp staff in addition to support from All Out Africa head office, strive to support these researchers with settling in, setting up meetings with relevant stakeholders, showing them around town and acquainting them to reserve staff etc. – all the necessary actions to have them conduct research effectively. The monetary value of this support has been factored into the rates they pay to stay at camp – see camp rates for details. You’d have to know this as invoicing will be your responsibility.
Although savannahs are well represented in African conservation areas, they are subjected to increasing degradation as a result of human influences through land utilization and climate change. Well known for large charismatic game such as elephants, rhinos and lions, there are a variety of smaller species that are threatened and equally important to the natural functioning of the savannah ecosystem. Raptors (birds of prey) for example are at the top of the food chain and thus, suffer the cumulative effects of savannahs becoming degraded, yet they can roam huge distances (beyond park boundaries) and therefore are exposed to a variety of threats. Many savannah species are very poorly known and understood in southern Africa yet they play a key role in the ecosystem. Although this project involves being based in areas containing big game, your field research activities will be focused on threatened birds, bats, and reptiles, particularly their reproduction and movements, as well as monitoring indicator species of savannah health. By better understanding these species, we can effectively manage and conserve them and the ecosystem in which they are found.