After almost most of the team took half a day off on sick leave, everyone had recovered by Thursday for the last day of activities.
Hendrik, Astrid and Ariane went out to check the newly set box traps and became the luckiest team members this year when three cheetahs appeared on the road in front of them. Two cubs with their mother, so we think that these were the ones from the picture we discovered three days ago.
When Hendrik, Astrid and Ariane arrived at box trap number 4, they found the gates down and were very excited when Jesaja told them to come close and have a look inside. A tortoise had been captured 😉
Our last full day of the expedition finished with an inventory and packing up before we all went out for our last 2012 expedition sundowner.
Kristina, Joerg and I, and everyone else involved in the expedition this year, would like to thank everyone who joined in and helped us this year. Even though the leopards eluded us on the later slots, we have achieved much and we could not have done so without your help. Kristina and I will stay on for a few more weeks to pack up and try to catch another leopard. The full results of the expedition will be written up by Kristina in the expedition report, which should be with you within the next 6-8 months.
For now we have put a selection of pictures below.
Please do stay in touch and thank you very much again for your help. You could have chosen to spend it on a beach somewhere, but instead you came to help Kristina and Joerg with their work out here, and we all really appreciate this.
Best wishes to everyone and we hope to see you again on an expedition, some time, some place.
The Biosphere Expeditions team
Update from our working holiday volunteering with leopards, elephants and cheetahs in Namibia, Africa