I have been out in the Kalahari for just about two weeks now and am starting to adjust to the heat and antisocial fieldwork hours. I have been very busy with training and have been going out with the other people here who have been showing me how to tempt the Meerkats onto the scales with hard-boiled egg, how to use the handheld computers we use to store ad lib behavioural data and how to enter the data into the database.
Not been taking my camera out quite as much as I would like as each Meerkat group has its own bag with its own set of scales (so the Meerkats don’t get the scent of other groups and to limit the spread of tuberculosis) unfortunately these bags don’t fit my camera in! I will probably be able to carry my camera more often when I am more comfortable with everything going on around me and on Sundays when we don’t have to collect behavioural data.
The internet here is very limited so I may not be updating this blog quite as often or uploading as many pictures as I’d hoped but I will still try to make it work!