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#okavango14: Highlights Of Google HangOut In Okavango Wilderness!

In late-August, we conducted a 17-day, 340km research expedition in dug-out canoes or “mekoro” across the Okavango Delta. It had taken us almost a week to get to “Out There Island” just 30min before this live Google+ Hangout On Air from the remote wilderness of northern Botswana. We were sitting in the middle of one of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas, absolutely surrounded by the abundance of life. Plain to see all around us. Imagine a remote, untouched wetland landscape covered in elephant, lechwe, giraffe, impala, hippo, crocodile and much else. Birdlife is prolific with flocks numbering in the hundreds and activity everywhere…

Left to Right: Jer Thorp, Shah Selbe, Gregg Treinish and Steve Boyes. Sitting in front of main channel passing through the central wilderness of the Okavango Delta. (James Kydd)

This Google+ Hangout was the most-watched live for National Geographic with hundreds of people watching in real-time and posting questions via social media. These highlights provide a brief window into life on expedition in a remote wilderness area. To watch the full 30-minute Hangout go to: http://youtu.be/UGdoSLJF1tQ Enjoy more interactions with explorers by adding National Geographic to your circles on Google+: http://plus.google.com/+natgeo

Working for the Okavango Delta! (James Kydd)
Working for the Okavango Delta! (James Kydd)

To relive the 2014 Okavango Expedition with Gregg, Jer Shah and Steve, please view the latest live-data simulation at: http://intotheokavango.org

Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to conserving Africa's wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. After having worked as a camp manager and wilderness guide in the Okavango Delta and doing his PhD field work on the little-known Meyer's Parrot, Steve took up a position as a Centre of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. He has since been appointed the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust and is a 2014 TED Fellow. His work takes him all over Africa, but his day-to-day activities are committed to South Africa's endemic and Critically Endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Based in Hogsback Village in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), Steve runs the Cape Parrot Project, which aims to stimulate positive change for the species through high-quality research and community-based conservation action. When not in Hogsback, Steve can be found in the Okavango Delta where he explores remote areas of this wetland wilderness on "mokoros" or dug-out canoes to study endangered bird species in areas that are otherwise inaccessible. Steve is a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work in the Okavango Delta and on the Cape Parrot Project.

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