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Wild Dog Diaries – 80: The ups and downs of Shiyane

Wild Dog Diaries – 80: The ups and downs of Shiyane The start of 2014 has been very eventful with the ending of two eras. Firstly, the moving on of Brendan Whittington-Jones from the country, who spent a remarkable 8 … Continue reading

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THE CARCASS CHALLENGE ….. how you can help reduce roadkill in South Africa!

The CARCASS Challenge! “C A Carcass And Send Sighting” Hands up if you have ever hit an animal or bird while driving! Chances are your hand is up. In fact so-called roadkill is one of the most underestimated threats to … Continue reading

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Almost 1200 people killed on the roads over the festive period …. and what of the impact on wildlife?

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) reported a total of 1184 people killed in 987 road accidents nationwide from December 1 to 30. It is estimated that road crashes cost around ZAR 307 billion every year, however, wildlife-vehicle collision still … Continue reading

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Wild Dog Diaries – 77

Wild Dog Diaries – 77 The recent story of Egyptian authorities detaining a “swan” oddly enough highlights several rather important conservation issues. The Guardian.co.uk reported “the bird, allegedly working for the French government, was captured in a heroic citizen’s arrest … Continue reading

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Wild Dog Diaries – 76

Wild Dog Diaries – 76 I was recently reading a brief history of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) Carnivore Conservation Programme which covered Wild Dog conservation efforts from the late 90’s until 2005. At that stage the managed metapopulation (which … Continue reading

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Wild Dog Diaries – 75

Wild Dog Diaries – 75 There are, approximately 5,500 free-ranging Wild Dogs left in Africa. They have disappeared from at least 25 countries during the past 50 years. With fewer than 450 free ranging Wild Dogs left in South Africa … Continue reading

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Wild Dog Diaries – 74

Wild Dog Diaries – 74 I recently met a Slovenian political scientist, and although he was a passionate and knowledgeable academic in his field, it only took a few coffees, cheese, tea, sausages, Russian potato salad and a beer or … Continue reading

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Wild Dog Diaries – 73

Wild Dog Diaries – 73 Wild Dog management can be a tricky affair. While there is the strong desire to see pack and individual numbers soar, partly so we can tick it off as a species “saved”, it always has … Continue reading

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Evidence of breeding and fledging success in Kabale and Ntungamo Districts, Uganda

During previous trips to Kabale and Ntungamo Districts (Uganda) in 2011 and 2012, Osiman Mabhachi  observed hundreds of Grey Crowned Cranes (flocks and pairs) in wetlands and agricultural landscapes. Though the sight of these pairs and flocks gave him a … Continue reading

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Wild Dog Diaries – 72

Wild Dog Diaries – 72 There really wasn’t much left of the tracking collar. It was still giving out a reasonably strong signal, but there wasn’t much more than a scuffed brown battery/transmitter block attached to a piece of antenna. … Continue reading

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