Leopard Ecology & Conservation Leopard and Lion Research

MSc Thesis Opportunity / Internship

Project: “Improving estimates of daily travel distances for Kalahari large

About the Study

The study aims to improve daily travel distances (or day range) estimates for Kalahari
wildlife in order to refine population density estimates. The focus will be on five large herbivore species lacking of empirical day range data, that is Eland (Taurotragus oryx), Red Hartebeest (Alcephalus buselaphus), Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), Springbok (Antidorcas
marsupialis), and Ostrich (Struthio camelus). Empirical day range data will be obtained
through long-follows of individuals (trailing), such as a value of their 24h travel distance is
collected for each of them.


  • Preferably enrolled in a University programme in Botswana.
  • High motivation and capability of working under remote field conditions. Proficiency
    in driving vehicles with manual transmission and valid driving licence are
  • Socially sensitive and able to work with culturally-diverse and multi-disciplinary
  • Tech savvy, proficient in MS Office. Interest in learning software for reporting and
    research purposes (GIS, statistics)
  • Excellent time-management and organisational skills
  • Good English and Setswana verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of
    any San language will be advantageous.
  • BSc (or higher) degree in biology, conservation or related field, with a focus on
    wildlife. Interest in pursuing higher degree education is welcome.


The deadline for application submission (Curriculum Vitae and covering letter) is the 15th
February 2023, to be sent to Alessandro Araldi a.araldi@leopardecology.com and Marie-Charlotte Gielen marie-charlotte.gielen@uclouvain.be with the subject “Application Daily
Ranges Khutse”.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further detail you may require. Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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