Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Nakedi Maputla

As was said in my previous blog, I had to visit the Kgalagadi Cheetah Project in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park during 02/03/08 till 07/03/08. The main aim of the visit was to spend time, learn, and discuss the proposed leopard research with Gus Mills, one of the leading figures in the field of large carnivore ecology in Africa.

I felt very lucky and privileged to get an opportunity to spend time with Dr. Mills in the field and to see how he partitioned his precious time in order to meet his objectives. We got to spend a lot of time in the field following radio collared cheetah and in the process saw how they behaved. While following the animals, we had more than enough time to discuss my project and I am glad to announce that it is finally taking shape.

This means that I can spend the next two to three weeks laying the plan on paper and finally sending it to the South African National Parks Board Scientific Services to be discussed as a potential project.


About the Author

Nakedi Maputla is African Wildlife Foundation’s Senior Conservation Scientist. He joined AWF in 2007, working in South Africa's Limpopo region, where he comes from. Nakedi's initial work was focused on studying the great African cats to shape conservation strategies to benefit communities that he has known all his life. In 2014, Nakedi moved on from the Limpopo region, becoming AWF’s Landscape Ecologist in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was based in Djolu up to 2016, when he returned to South Africa. Until late 2018, Nakedi served as AWF’s Senior Partnership Manager, Southern Africa, representing the organization in South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. He attained a Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology/Animal Biology from the University of Pretoria in 2014 and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice from the University of Oxford in 2009. In addition to his BSc in Zoology/Botany, Nakedi also holds a Higher Diploma in Education and taught at a high school in Pretoria before joining AWF.