Camera Traps at Mashatu

Camera Traps at Mashatu
Mashatu recently received 25 cameras, which will be strategically placed in the reserve for the purpose of studying the more elusive animals such as leopards and brown hyenas. The traps are generally situated along roads or game paths, and even near waterholes, and are left in position for three to four weeks at a time. Every camera is very useful, as it’s essentially an extra pair of eyes in the bush for the rangers. By having numerous cameras in place, research can be conducted statistically to determine the absence or presence, and relative abundance of certain animals in the area in which the...
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Elephant Update – 23 July 2012

Elephant Update – 23 July 2012
As we move through July and deeper into the dry season, herds on Mashatu continue to reduce in size. Elephants provide one another with more space to ensure opportunity to find nutritious food sources in the dry season, where green forage can be limited. With this years’ drought-like condition, the open, drier areas surrounding Mashatu Main Camp are composed primarily of immediate family groups – mother cows with nursing calves, and their siblings of under 12 years. Other family groups travel along in the general vicinity of each other, as together they form bond groups in the greater herd. The...
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Cyberdiary – 13 July 2012

Cyberdiary – 13 July 2012
Although we have reached mid-winter, the temperatures at Mashatu are moderate and warm. Early mornings on the open game drive vehicles are still a bit chilly, but it quickly warms up as the morning progresses. Game sightings this week have been excellent, especially for carnivores. A total of 11 different cheetah were seen, with one sighting of the family of six (a mother and her five cubs) bringing down yet another juvenile kudu. Last night guests witnessed a young female leopard catching an adult impala, but the location of the catch wasn’t all that great for the elusive cat. She managed to...
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Cyberdiary – 4 July 2012

Cyberdiary – 4 July 2012
Wild Dogs update The resident pack of five wild dogs is soon going to increase its numbers. The alpha female is monitored daily via her satellite GPS collar, and for the past few days the pack hasn’t moved at all. Their location seems to have remained stationary. What made the situation difficult to monitor, is the fact that the female’s radio collar hasn’t transmitted any data for a few days. But a good visual on the pack yesterday cleared up all the questions regarding what has been going on. From a previous sighting of the alpha female, we could see that she was pregnant....
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