We aim to be a hub of knowledge for southern Namibia, an area where farming productivity is diminishing and new potential areas are opening for wildlife conservation through diversification and re-investment. Since the area has been a farming stronghold there has never been the opportunity for extensive scientific research, we welcome researchers from around the world who want to further knowledge and help us understand the Nama Karoo biome. So far we have invited Scientists and students from The Namibian University of Science and Technology in Windhoek to initiate or supervise research projects at Oana. Our school and gap year expeditioners continue to collect data on the research projects and contribute to the ongoing studies.
Dr Morgan Haupfleisch Senior Lecturer at NUST - Oana project: baseline survey of small mammals, large mammal movement patterns & Gemsbok social organisation.
Dr Shirley Bethune Senior Lecturer at NUST - Oana project: Mini SASS, to determine the ecology of the Orange River
Holger Kolberg Ornithologist, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibian Bird Club - Oana project: Bird monitoring
Francois Theart Herptologist & expert snake handler - Oana project: baseline surveys on reptiles
Mandy Scheibe BSc student at NUST - Oana project: GIS habitat maps
Viktor Nesticky - Czech University of Life Sciences, PhD on leopard ecology planned for 2018