Mangetti Cattle Ranch
Situated in the eastern Kalahari woodlands approximately 100 km south-west of Rundu, lies the Mangetti Cattle Ranch, a government parastatal farm conglomerate administered by the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC). The ranch is approximately 168,900 hectares in size, and is comprised of over 40 individual farms primarily for livestock production. The Naankuse Foundation has been involved in the long-term monitoring of African elephants in the Greater Mangetti Complex, situated in the Kavango region of north-eastern Namibia, since 2014. At that time two elephant cows from a resident herd were fitted with GPS Iridium tracking collars. One of the two elephant cows, belonging to the largest known family group in the area and originally collared in 2014, was re-collared in May 2018 to allow the continued long-term monitoring of the elephants’ movements across the area.
Naankuse’s involvement was triggered in 2010, when 14 African painted dog pups were excavated from their den at a very young age at the Kavango Cattle Ranch (KCR). Naankuse has since raised conflict painted dog pups with limited human contact at the Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary. These pups were successfully released onto the Zannier Reserve by N/a’an ku sê in June 2018. In 2012 Naankuse’s research team based at the KCR established a project site, and continuously studies and monitors the painted dog packs resident within the KCR and NDF. Since the involvement and collaboration of Naankuse with the KCR and NDC, no further persecution of painted dogs has occurred in the study area. Furthermore, the collaborators in this project have adopted a policy of no longer persecuting the magnificent and critically endangered African painted dog.
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About the area
The Mangetti Complex comprises two main areas – the Kavango Cattle Ranch, a government farm conglomerate in the Kavango region of northern Namibia, and the nearby Mangetti National Park. In total the study area comprises more than 2,000km2 of north-eastern Kalahari woodlands and mixed acacia Savannah. The vegetation is thick and dense allowing even the largest species of wildlife to simply vanish before your very eyes.
Namibia Nature Foundation, Naankuse and The AfriCat Foundation have been granted access to the property for African wild dog research purposes.
Mangetti welcomes volunteers to assist our researchers in elephant and African wild dog conservation research.
Although this research site focuses on the research of the African Elephant and African Wilddogs, there is no guarantee of sighting these other than on camera trap footage.
Human-Carnivore Conflict Research
Human-carnivore conflict is the clash between Namibia’s carnivores and landowners and is actively mitigated by Naankuse.
Collaring and monitoring of two of 65 elephants on the Kavango Cattle Ranch in Namibia’s north-east.