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The Department of Wildlife and National Park (DWNP) has recently built 13 water points at Chobe National Park to reduce water challenges that often led to wild animal mortality and congestion in Chobe river front.
In an interview, Chobe Acting Regional Wildlife Officer Ernest Madimabe said that water shortages have often led to the death of animals in the park which forced to government to come up with solutions. He stated that the water points were also built to address congestion that was happening at the Chobe river front.
Madimabe stressed that this is an effort to reduce movement of the water dependent animals because they observed that there was vegetation fragmentation due to congestion and regular movement.
“Currently there are only four boreholes that are still using diesel while others are using solar energy, but soon we will convert those that are still using diesel to the use of solar energy as a way of aligning to application of green technology,” he said.
Meanwhile, other tourism businesses operating in the park also supported the efforts by DWNP in addressing water challenges in the park by pumping water from their boreholes to the water points.
Nogatshaa Pans Lodge Camp Manager, Ketshele Omaatla said they have a total of six boreholes from which they pump water to the water points all year around to address water challenges in the park. She stated that when there is enough water during the rainy season that’s when they stop pumping to the points.
She noted that their boreholes also use solar energy to pump the water to the water holes and that they also take into consideration that regular movement of wild animals to the river front may cause environmental degradation.