Theresa Laverty

Return to the World’s Oldest Desert (and Its Bats!)

A mega-adrenaline rush My eyes strain to see beyond the flashlight’s beam in hopes of identifying the animal responsible for those faint footsteps I’m hearing. Perhaps it is just those three Hartmann’s mountain zebra that were on ...

Bat-Survey Lesson No. 42: Don’t Step on Any Lions

In Among the Big Predators While my last week in the field was not my most successful in terms of sheer bat numbers, it at least highlighted the challenges of working in this part of the world. Two days ...

From Running Water to No Water: In Search of Desert Bats

After three weeks of traveling through northwestern Namibia in search of water where I net for bats, I now have a much better appreciation for the term “desert oasis.” Driving north on the heavily corrugated gravel road from Sesfontein to ...

A Bat-tastic Beginning for 2015!

Sometimes fieldwork can be both mentally and physically exhausting, but for the most part, I am reminded just how lucky I am to find myself working in such a beautiful and isolated part of the world. I’m here in ...

Bats Big and Small in the World’s Oldest Desert

Traveling to a new country is always an eye-opening adventure. Coming to Namibia to try to figure out how insect-eating bats are affected by the dry season has been no exception. Namibia is the world’s second least densely populated ...

From Mega to Mini: Tracing Surprising Animal Connections

Two and a half years after my last stint living in Africa, I find myself returning to the field where the megaherbivores still roam free. For nearly two years in Kenya, I chased after elephants to get the right angle ...