The Livingstone Museum has been carrying out research on bats for a number of years, and has a substantial collection of bat specimens. From 2017-2019, with funding from the European Union via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility’s (GBIF) Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) Project, the Museum managed to publish all its bat records (as well as some more acquired from a local researcher and other museums around the world) to GBIF’s online biodiversity database. More information about the project can be found here. The Museum is currently working on the creation of a Zambian Bat Atlas that will show the current known distributions of Zambia’s nearly 80 species of bats. If you want to find out more or get involved in this project, please contact our Mammalogist, Clare Mateke.
In July our Archaeologist, Maggie Katongo, joined Larry Barham from Liverpool University in the field for the third season of surveys and excavations under the ‘Deep Roots’ Archaeological Project. The project is investigating the deep roots of human behaviour. This year the surveys were carried out at Kalambo Falls in northern Zambia.
The Livingstone Museum has active research departments. The Natural History Department has been carrying out biannual waterbird monitoring in Livingstone under Wetlands International’s African-Eurasian Waterfowl Census programme since 1993. The results are sent to a central coordinator who compiles them on behalf of Wetlands International. Every year in both the wet season and the dry season, a count is carried out at 6 sites in the Livingstone-Victoria Falls area. Volunteers are invited to join in, and the activity attracts both amateur and expert birders from within and beyond the local community. We are particularly grateful to our long-term partners in this project, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Savannah Southern Safaris and Taonga Safaris. If you are interested in joining in or finding out more about this programme, please get in touch with our Ornithologist, Maggie Mwale.