Research Opportunities at Kasanka
Kasanka Trust welcomes research projects in Kasanka and a number of groups have already carried out studies.
Please see current studies below. If you would like to conduct your own research and you have a topic in mind - please fill out an application for review.
Kasanka Baboon Project
The mission of the Kasanka Baboon Project is to create a long-term field site dedicated to the study of the little known kinda baboon whilst providing capacity building in science education in the surrounding communities as well as promoting empowerment to young women and public awareness of wildlife conservation.
Potential Research Topics
Elephant movement behaviour in Kasanka National Park and the surrounding Kafinda GMA
Kasanka National Park is a relatively small park covering 40 000 ha, which is surrounded by GMA. Elephants utilise both the park and the GMA at different times of the year. To effectively manage them during their time out of the park, an understanding of their movement behaviour is essential.
The feeding grounds of the straw-coloured fruit bat surrounding Kasanka National Park
Where do our straw-coloured fruit bats go to feed? What fruits do they feed on and when? What influence does changing land use have on their feeding grounds? How can we make sure they continue to return to Kasanka annually?
The impact of fire on evergreen forest
Kasanka National Park protects areas of wet and dry evergreen forest. These habitats are home to immense diversity in bird and mammal life. The millions of straw-coloured fruit bats which migrate to the park annually roost within the wet evergreen forest, while very interesting bird species can be spotted in the dry evergreen forest. To better protect these habitats an understanding of their reaction to fire is essential.
A social study on the most effective alternative livelihoods to poaching
Kasanka National Park is surrounded by communities who rely mainly on farming and the use of natural products for survival. In order to effectively conserve the park it is essential to work with communities to combat the unsustainable utilisation of natural products. The development of alternative livelihoods has been demonstrated as an effective method of reducing poaching. It would be very useful to understand which alternative livelihood options would best suit the communities surrounding the park.
Research Proposal Application
Before submitting your proposal, please keep in mind that anyone who wants to come to undertake research at Kasanka needs to be very self sufficient. Your budget should therefore take into account costs associated with Kasanka’s assistance – such as accommodation, transport, whether you will need a guard/scout etc.