Category Archives: Wildlife and Transport Programme

At least a million animals are killed each day on highways in the United States alone. While South African roadkill data are still very limited, the EWT’s Wendy Collinson counted 374 roadkills from 81 different species on a 67 km stretch of road over 30 days in northern Limpopo in March 2011, including Brown Hyaena, Black-Backed Jackal and African Civet. In another survey, five Cheetahs were killed on roads next to the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area between January 2006 and June 2009, and three African Wild Dogs were killed in the course of six months in 2006.

The EWT has developed the first standardised rapid assessment protocol for the detection of roadkill on South African roads, which will be piloted to collect baseline roadkill measures in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, so identifying factors that might affect roadkill.

It will also provide the basis for implementing actions to reduce the impact that roads have on wildlife, and contribute towards national norms and standards for future road design, maintenance and improvement.

South Africa steering initiatives for road ecology

With many wildlife species coming under increasing pressure from human development, there is a need for guidance around the planning of environmentally sustainable transport infrastructure. Developed by the EWT, “The Road Ahead: Guidelines to mitigation methods to address wildlife road … Continue reading

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FIRST NATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR REDUCING WILDLIFE MORTALITIES ON ROADS

With many wildlife species coming under increasing pressure from human development, there is a need for guidance around the planning of environmentally sustainable transport infrastructure. Developed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), “The Road Ahead: Guidelines to mitigation methods to … Continue reading

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DRIVING CHANGE: PROTECTING THE PROTECTED

24 August 2016 Start South Africa currently has a serious problem with regards to road-related fatalities, and this epidemic is relevant to wildlife too. Insurance claims suggest that approximately R82.5 million is paid each year against collisions with wild animals, … Continue reading

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Putting African Road Ecology on the Map

By Wendy Collinson, Manager: EWT Wildlife and Roads Project WendyC@ewt.org.za Eight African road ecologists are off to France later this year to attend the fifth Infra Eco Network Europe (IENE), an international conference on ecology and transportation. IENE is a … Continue reading

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RESEARCH SHOWS THAT SPEEDING MAY NOT BE THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF ROADKILL IN PROTECTED AREAS

Roadkill is not an everyday sighting you expect or want to see in a national park, so it is with some sadness that we received a report of a Cheetah killed on the road in one of our protected areas … Continue reading

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A Busman’s Holiday!

A Busman’s Holiday! By Wendy Collinson, EWT’s Wildlife and Roads Project Officer I read with great sadness that 1 755 people were killed on South Africa’s roads between 1st December 2015 and 11th January 2016. This represents an increase of … 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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YOU CAN GET INVOLVED NOW WITH ……… THE CARCASS CHALLENGE!

CARCASS ……..“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 our wildlife. … Continue reading

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COMING SOON ….. NEW PROJECT FOR THE WILDLIFE AND TRANSPORT PROGRAMME… HIT AND RUN! Using Citizen Science to reduce roadkill in Protected Areas.

There is growing recognition in many countries that roadkill is a real threat to a variety of species. The Endangered Wildlife Trust formed the Wildlife & Transport Programme (WTP) in 2012 to address identified concerns which include raising awareness of … Continue reading

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“GOING THE EXTRA MILE” What is the Wildlife and Transport Programme’s “Going the Extra Mile”? Since 2011, the Wildlife & Transport Programme (WTP) has been working closely with a number of volunteers and stakeholders. As word of our project spreads, … Continue reading

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