KALAHARI ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEM PROJECT
THE KALAHARI ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEM PROJECT
The Kalahari Endangered Ecosystem Project (KEEP) is an on-going, multidisciplinary study on the reserve that takes into account that key Kalahari species interact with each other in complex food webs, and may respond differently to the direct and indirect effects of climate change. For example, reduced rainfall on the reserve results in less grass, which results in reduced abundance of harvester termites, which has a knock-on effect for aardvarks.
KEEP brings together expertise in botany, zoology, veterinary science, ecology and physiology, drawn from institutions across the world, all working together by sharing data and integrating findings. Long-term vegetation monitoring and collection of weather data is also integral to the success of the project. Through KEEP, research has been elevated beyond studying a single species in isolation.
The Tswalu Foundation and Warren Cary Wildlife Gallery have formed a creative collaboration to raise funds for KEEP while also supporting wildlife artists.
The KEEP Art Exhibition, opening on 1 November 2020, will feature the work of 17 eminent wildlife artists, including gallery owner Warren Cary.
Inspiration was taken from animals big and small, all associated with the southern Kalahari and this groundbreaking research project. A percentage of all proceeds generated by exhibition sales will directly benefit KEEP to ensure the sustainability of future research.
Use our secure online portal to make a donation to KEEP (Kalahari Endangered Ecosystem Project). Please include your email address and specific details if you would like your donation to benefit a particular project that falls under KEEP.DONATE