Photo @coryrichards On assignment with @natgeo with @intotheokavango going source to sand doing a scientific and socioeconomic transect of the Okavango Delta on the Cuito River. The water of the delta and the ecosystem it supports, like this intent leopard on Chief’s Island, are all fed by water flowing south from the Angolan Highlands. Angola’s war had a massive impact on game in the highlands, forcing most of it out. As the expedition has traveled south into areas less affected, the game gradually returns. In time, the landscapes of the upper Cuito can support the wildlife that is now absent if the river is left to its natural flow. Animals can and will eventually repopulate if given the chance. The Cuito’s future will depend on Angola’s management and the help of its neighbors, Namibia and Botswana. Without a collaborative effort, the Delta itself will feel the effect, along with all the animals it supports, including us. For more images follow @coryrichards and @intotheokavango Posted from the field. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @eddiebauer #okavango15
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