Elephant update – 24 October 2012

Elephant update – 24 October 2012
This month (and as an American, in the Thanksgiving season) I’d like to offer my thanks for our skilled rangers and the arrival of rain. Our rangers and trackers have an incredible history in the area, with many decades of experience. They have a keen sense for reading animal behavior and responding in a manner that reassures the elephants that the vehicles have a non-threatening motivation. It is because of these skills, that many have seen this population change from what were once considered among the most aggressive elephants, to now being recognised as some of the most docile and approachable in...
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Elephant update – 10 October 2012

Elephant update – 10 October 2012
New leaves are sprouting on fresh shoots. Flowers, insects and birdlife are growing more prolific. Although rainfall continues to be low, with only 5 mm falling during September, it is clear that change is underway across the landscape. And with the return of spring, elephant activity in the Mashatu Game Reserve is on the rise. Family groups are more often seen sharing space in close proximity to one another, where previously they were keeping some distance from associated members of their greater bond group. Elephant movement during the transition from winter to summer has brought increased sightings...
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The Northern Tuli Cheetah Project

The Northern Tuli Cheetah Project
Overview The Northern Tuli Cheetah Project was initiated at the begininning of this year (2012). The purpose of the research is to gather information on the population status of the cheetahs of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, and to identify threats, particularly anthropogenic conflict outside of the reserve, to ascertain whether or not cheetahs contribute substantially to livestock loss and helping reduce and mitigate the human-predator conflict. Background to the study The current status and distribution of the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) population in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NOTUGRE) is...
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Cyberdiary – 10 October 2012

Cyberdiary – 10 October 2012
Windy conditions were experienced the past couple of days out in the bush. Temperatures were mild at midday, and evenings were considered perfect. The night sky is nothing short of spectacular, with a starry-host that is second-to-none. Elephant herds are still concentrated along the southern regions of Mashatu, around the alluvial floodplains close to the Limpopo River. Herds of eland are scattered all across the landscape, and loads of baby eland are starting to appear. Small wildebeest herds are slowly making their way back to their former areas, but zebra are still fairly concentrated along the...
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September Game Report

September Game Report
Game viewing in Mashatu was great during the month of September. Our cheetah sightings were up by 21% (from 26% to 47%), and although sightings for lion, leopard and elephants were slightly lower, what we saw is still considered exceptional. Lion and elephants sightings were 80% each, with leopard sightings at 73%. On the 7th of September a pack of 11 African Wild dogs was seen hunting and killing an impala. The pack was quickly tracked down by our experienced and professional rangers, and it wasn’t long into the morning drive before they found the pack on the move. With at least another two...
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