One Texas A&M University- Kingsville student traveled across the North Atlantic Ocean to a different continent and climate to not only gain 7 hours of sleep but also gain im- portant life and work skills.
Mitchell Green, a Range and Wildlife Management Ma-
jor, had the opportunity to intern at the Center for African Resource: Animal, Communities and Land use, which is a non-government organization located in Kasane, Botswana, Africa.
According to the CARACAL website the mission of this organization is to, “promote, develop and support conserva-
tion and research programs, which contribute to sustainable wildlife utilization, wildlife conflict resolution, endangered species management, rescue of injured wildlife, ecosystem health and natural resource management training of govern- ment staff, communities and school children.”
As an intern he would, “help around with many of the proj- ects they had like going water sampling, testing the water quality of the river so I would go out on the boat … helping with Mongoose captures they were looking into the spread of tuberculosis throughout the different troops around Kasane. Helping out in the lab ….along with helping feed the animal around the park and giving tours.”
There was an initial shock when he first entered Kansae and he adjusted quickly. When he wasn’t in the lab or doing field work Mitchell took in the Kansane sight and sound, where
he and fellow coworkers would regularly see baboons and warthogs walking the sidewalks of town.
When he wasn’t in town he would relax in his little house rented by the people of CARACAL where an elephant crashed his backyard.
He received funding support from a TAMUK Study Abroad Scholarship and from the Blas and Graciela Ruiz Global Studies Fund.
The Ruiz fund is supported by the generosity of Dr. Albert Ruiz, Dean, TAMUK’s College of Education and Human Performance and is in memory of his parents.
The internship was made possible through the Political Sci- ence Global Programs Initiative, developed and managed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor, Political Science.