BOTSWANA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION - SAFARI INFO.

Botswana is one of Africa's conservation giants, with a highly successful program involving local residents.
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WILDLIFE & CONSERVATION

The ability to view animals at very close quarters within these wildlife areas, and the presence of the last remaining wilderness area in Africa, has ensured that tourism is the second largest industry in Botswana.

In 1956 the Government created the first game department for wild animals. The next 10 years saw the Moremi and Chobe reserves established and an up-to-date Fauna Proclamation promulgated.
These two factors were responsible for the change of attitude amongst the local population toward wildlife.

In 1962 the first safari operators obtained concessions and started to conduct safaris similar to those being operated in East Africa.

In 1966 the Game Department was expanded and its policy was changed. The next eight years saw huge tracks of land declared wildlife reserve. Today some 17% of Botswana is wildlife area.

Botswana boasts 164 species of mammals, 550 species of birds, 157 species of reptiles, 38 species of amphibian and over 70 species of fish within the Okavango Delta.

Of the 550 species of birds many of them have very bright colours, different characteristics and shapes by which to identify them. There are however a few of the smaller brown variety that are very difficult to identify. These small brown birds are termed LBJ's, that stands for "little brown jobs".

 

The variety of flora within the country has been recorded at over 3000 species.

In the Setswana language all the large trees names start with

"M".
MOKOTSHONG - Jackalberry Tree
MOPOROTO - Sausage Tree
MOKOLANE - Real Fan Palm
MOTSAODI - African Mangosteen
MOTSHABA - Sycamore Fig

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