BirdLife Botswana and Crane Fund Msc Scholarship Student Profile


Tuduetso Mandy Tlhomelang is a 24-year-old female from Moshupa village, Botswana. She graduated from the University of Botswana with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 2018.

She is currently engaged with BirdLife Botswana in partnership with Hoisting Solutions Pty (Ltd) undertaking an Msc program with University of Namibia on wattled crane research in the Okavango delta. “I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity afforded by BirdLife Botswana and Hoisting Solutions Pty (Ltd)”, she said.

The aim of her study is to investigate the distribution and breeding success of Wattled Cranes in the Okavango delta. This knowledge will enhance improved conservation measures by stakeholders both the government and civil society.

The Wattled Crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) is found in Africa in the Sub-Saharan countries such as Botswana, Malawi, Angola, The Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, and Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and a population in Ethiopia. There are a few species that are non-breeding found in Guinea-Bissau and Lesotho. The Okavango delta houses the single largest concentration of this species.

Hoisting Solutions Pty (Ltd), and BirdLife Botswana have established a Crane Fund to support all research work associated with cranes in Botswana. Established in 2010, Hoisting Solutions is Botswana’s fastest growing crane hire, rigging and jacking company, capable of servicing sites throughout the region with its mobile fleet of cranes and jacking equipment, collaborating with partners in Southern African region. Hoisting Solutions is able to outsource large crane capacities at competitive rates. The company is owned by Ian Nuttall-Smith.