Snakes Awareness Documentary
Zoological Garden of Botswana Trust (ZGBT) intends to produce a documentary on Snake Awareness that will be distributed to the affected areas of the country that have had snakebites incidents. In addition, it will hold talk shows and presentation of booklets the areas of Molepolole, Shoshong, Kaudwane, Khudumelagwe, Dukwi, Serowe, Nata, Mokoboxane and Mahalapye with posters placed in the hospitals, Kgotla’s and clinics of the above mentioned places. The Snakes of Botswana Awareness Documentary will be broadcast in on Botswana Television in both Setswana and English languages in order to reach a wider audience. During the period April 2008 to date snake bites has caused 42 deaths. The recent Mokoboxane incidence of January, 2010 in which 3 women died while the fourth one (a man) is in a critical from presumably due to cobra bites is a sad one. Fatalities from snake bites in these areas are very fatal as they are attributed to Black Mambas and cobras which are venomous. Venoms of the snakes are highly potent these affect the nervous system; making makes it very difficult for those who are trying to render first aid and treatment to victim since the venom is fast reacting. Some snake bite in Botswana goes unrecorded due to poor communication and dissemination of information to the relevant authority.
Zoologiacal Garden of Botswana Trust
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Project Characteristics and Results
Botswana government policy identified tourism as an economic sector with the potential to contribute to the diversity of Botswana’s economic base. Tourism is also credited as contributing to sustainable development that is not overly dependent on known renewable resources. In addition the need for the geographical diversification of tourism is recommended with the development of tourism attractions away from the prime tourism center’s of the north to other regions in the southern, western and eastern parts of the country. Elsewhere in the world, snake parks have become a popular tourist attraction. Snakes have become important in the production of anti-venom for use in the field of medicine. Therefore, it is hoped that communities will identify and appreciate snakes as a resource with economic and medical importance hence the need to conserve them.
Notable Community Participation
Community participation is essential to the success of the Trust with the awareness campaign actively encouraging community participation nation-wide. It is envisaged that the Trust will have community members, volunteers, who will receive training and act as ‘representatives’, reporting data back from all over the nation. Snake bites are a medical emergency once they occur hence understanding and exposure to hands on handling will be a crucial life saving skill for both people and the snake.
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|Mr Botshelo Lawrence Kamodi|
|Phone: +267 3926076|
P O Box 314, Gaborone
Gaborone , SADC ,