• In October 2011, we finally got lucky and I managed to dart my 1st hyaena!! We need to change a GPS collar on Cyclope, from the Makwa clan. We sat at a young ele carcass for quite a while and had to drive around to get close enough to her to dart har. We lost her for 30min as she ran away, but managed to find her back. We thus changed the collar and took some body measerements.

    Cyclop was first captured in 2009, and she was blind of her right eye at that time. It seem now that her second eye is goign blind too... I was impressed to find her in such a good condition, meaning she's able to feed well enough. Let's see how she'll fare in 2012...

    Changing a GPS collar on a hyaena


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  • After I can't remember how many months after Nic was after this young male lion, we finally cornered him in the bush behind Broken Rifle. It was an interesting capture, as the first dart went literally through the tail and Kakori vomited some nice chunks of the well roten buffalo he was eating!

    He's now in a satellite collar, so we can keep track of him even if he travels far from home!

    Kakori's capture

    Nic happy with Kakori's old collar

    Kakori's capture

    Nic drawing blood for sample

    Kakori's capture

    Kakori's canine

    Kakori's capture

    Capture team (from left to right): myself, Nic and Cynthia


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  • We found him early morning close to Togo pans, resting next to a dead elephant.

    Capturing Togo the lion

    Capturing Togo the lion

    Nic managed to put a dart in him, while he was resting in the shade of an acacia. He then moved off to lye down again ~100m from us and goign to sleep.

    Capturing Togo the lion

    Capturing Togo the lion

    Nic and Jane from the Lion team wathcing over the new male in town.

    Capturing Togo the lion

    Capturing Togo the lion


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  • We took part in a big operation of rhino dehorning and microchipping in Hwange. That was a lot of fun but still quite a serious job...

    Rhino & buffalo capture down Wilderness

    Putting the blindfold to avoid any visual stress & getting ready to pour some water to keep her cool.

     

    Rhino & buffalo capture down Wilderness

    Chap and Ray drilling a hole in the horn to fit the microchip.

     

    Rhino & buffalo capture down Wilderness

    The rhino, after the microchip has been glued into her horn. She is kept wet continously to keep her cool and the ears are notched for easy identification in the field. The tube in her nose is giving her oxygen to help her breath.

     

    Rhino & buffalo capture down Wilderness

    Moving everything away before reversing the drugs and waking her young calf up.

     

    Rhino & buffalo capture down Wilderness

    And her she goes, back into the wild, where she belongs!! The painting is here to avoid capturing her again in the next few days.

     

    After the rhino, the day was not over. We still have to remove some collars from buffaloes in the area.

    Rhino & buffalo capture down Wilderness`

    Blindfolding a buffalo.

     

    Rhino & buffalo capture down Wilderness

    Cutting the collar off.

     

    Rhino & buffalo capture down Wilderness

    The chopper, what a nice toy! And a nice way of getting back to camp, enjoying the view and avoiding 2h drive!!

     

    Rhino & buffalo capture down Wilderness

    Eles at Sinanga from the helicopter.


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  • Masimba and I are the dream team to find ele's tusks in the bush!! We carried this one of 8kg for 12km near Ngweshla. These things are not that easy to walk along with...

    Still around Ngweshla, but a few days later, we found elephant skeletons with the tusks still on. This was ivory day and we had real fun!!

    field work

    field work

    How does this tusk suit me??  LOL

     

    field work

    Masimba, my favorite Senior Ranger!! Always smilling except when he's walking in the bush, he gets sooo serious!!


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