Western Leopard Toad – Roadkill Mitigation Project ….. Day 2

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Toad Fencing with barrier

Alison has shared some photos with us of the work conducted over the last two days. The barrier is fully up on the eastern side of Noordhoek Main Rd now, with the plan to erect the barrier along the western side early next week. Thanks to Wally Pietersen of KEAG and his team for their huge enthusiasm and commitment for getting the barrier up.

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Wally Pietersen and Alison Faraday setting up the barrier

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Making the final adjustments to the toad barrier

Alison says, “It has transformed the experience of patrolling this dangerous stretch of road – the stress and “fear-factor” my patrollers felt saving toads off the road has been reduced significantly.”

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Wally Pietersen and the KEAG team

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Western Leopard Toad – the barrier prevents it from becoming roadkill …. as well as making it safer for the volunteers to monitor them

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Western Leopard Toad – ready to be released safely on the other side of the road

Yolan Friedman, the CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust congratulates Alison and her team on their work and says, “Thanks for the updates and for the exciting news. Well done to everyone involved. Saving Endangered species does not always have such visible results!”

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About wendy collinson

Originally hailing from the UK, Wendy gained her Bachelor of Education in 1990, and spent 15 years teaching Physical Education in London to high school students. She moved to South Africa in 2005, beginning work as a research assistant with large carnivores, working on research projects initiated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Wendy’s education background has stood her in good stead as a tour guide, since she believes in an interactive approach, engaging guests in specialist carnivore research tours. In addition to her research and tours, Wendy is also the main organiser of the aptly named “BIKE4BEASTS” mountain bike race, organised annually to raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (www.bike4beast.coza) Wendy is a field worker with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa, which examined the impacts of roads on South African wildlife.
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