A new study by researchers at Duke University and WWF aimed to accurately track the expansion and retraction of small ephemeral water bodies from the wet to dry seasons across the KAZA region. The Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, or KAZA, spans a wide variety of ecosystems and is home to many endangered species that travel between and rely on these ephemeral water bodies.

Through detailed study of satellite imagery, more than 650,000 previously unmapped water bodies have now been accurately mapped across one of the richest mammal biodiversity regions in the world.