Alison’s time volunteering at CCF Namibia, part thirteen

Alison is currently volunteering at CCF Namibia from the United Kingdom as a working guest. While there, she will be sharing her daily experiences with us so that we can have a first-hand look at what life is like as a CCF volunteer!

‘Today I visited the Bush Blok project. One of the problems faced by cheetahs in Namibia is loss of habitat, from humans and also due to the encroaching thorn bushes that make it difficult for cheetahs to see their prey. They may also suffer eye injuries from the sharp thorns – I can certainly testify to how sharp they are!’

‘Cheetahs prefer grasslands and savannah where their prey has more to eat as well. The thorn bushes are cut down then chipped in a large chipping machine before being heat compressed and extruded into long blocs, which are then cut up.’

‘These blocs can be used for heating and cooking – David from Bush Blok gave me a few off cuts to try in my wood burning stove at home, but the bigger bloks were a bit heavy for my suitcase! Unfortunately I don’t think it’s yet economically viable to export to the UK – I’ll certainly feel the cold when I get back as it’s in the 30s here every day!’

Tune in tomorrow for Alison’s fourteenth day!

To find out how you could volunteer at CCF Namibia, please read our pages on Internships and Working Guests

Read more about Bush Blok on the CCF website

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