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Prof John Carroll

Studying online for reward and fun

Prof John Carroll has been coming to Africa and bringing university students to do EcoTraining courses for over 20 years. He’s the Director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and his ‘ out-of-the-box thinking during Covid enabled some of his students to incorporate EcoTraining’s Online Field Guiding course into their university degree.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Tortoises

Take our EcoTraining Quiz this week and test your knowledge of tortoises.
These shelled evolutionary wonders play an essential role in keeping their ecosystems healthy. Tortoises and freshwater turtles are important seed and spore dispersers for many plants, trees and fungi.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Reptiles

Take our EcoTraining Quiz this week and test your knowledge of reptiles.
The fundamental role that reptiles play in the ecosystem is a simple one. As one part of the more fabulous food chain, they prevent overpopulation and provide food for hungry predators, especially when they are young.

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Online and On Track

Katie Campbell – study abroad student from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and completed the online Field Guide course via Zoom in August 2021. Now she’s happily on the ground at the remote Makuleke Camp.

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How the Kudu got its Name

Once upon a time, in the small village of Koroga. There lived Chief Paipo. Chief Paipo had a beautiful daughter for whom he was looking for a suitor. He sent word to all the animals in the wilderness to come and contend for his daughter.

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How to become a bird nerd

If you are thinking, “Why would I want to become a bird nerd?” of all the animals in the African savannah? Don’t leave me just yet. Trust me; you will not be able to fight it. I have turned many sceptics into bird nerds. Just keep reading.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Mammals

Take our EcoTraining Quiz this week and test your knowledge of mammals.
Mammals play an important role in ecosystems by providing essential services such as regulating insect populations, seed dispersal and pollination and acting as indicators of general ecosystem health.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Fish

Take our EcoTraining Quiz this week and test your knowledge of fish.
Fish species biodiversity is a testament to the incredible variety of aquatic life on our planet. With over 33,000 recognized species, fish inhabit a wide range of ecosystems, from the depths of the ocean to the highest mountain streams. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, each adapted to their specific environment.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Dung Beetles

Take our EcoTraining Quiz this week and test your knowledge of dung beetles.
South Africa is a haven for dung beetle species biodiversity. These industrious insects play a crucial role in ecosystem health by efficiently recycling organic matter. With over 700 different species found across the country, South Africa is a global hotspot for dung beetle diversity.

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Field Guide Assessments

Emerging from a simple dome tent on my first morning at EcoTraining Pridelands camp, I noticed the cool air and the red-orange glow of sunrise penetrated the darkness. Four and a half years ago, I qualified as a Guide, and here I am back in the throes of assessment week.

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Mashatu Game Reserve

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Pridelands Conservancy

A natural wonderland with free-roaming
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A sanctuary for wildlife, providing visitors
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Karongwe Reserve

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