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Wildlife ACT  An award-winning #wildlifeconservation organization running critically endangered & priority #africanwildlife conservation projects in Africa 🐘🐾

Stalking through the long grass, all that can be seen are two oval black ears and a single white strip. It makes its way onto the road, there is a sudden flash, and the camera trap has taken its picture. A #serval (Leptailurus serval)! This species of cat is medium-sized, slender, yet strong, with long legs and prominent oval-shaped ears. The fur is boldly spotted black on tawny, with two or four black stripes from the top of the head down the neck and back, transitioning into spots. Each coat pattern is unique to that individual, making them identifiable. Serval are primarily nocturnal, though more diurnal than most cats, active in the early morning hours and late afternoon into the evening.

The camera traps of the regional leopard #cameratrap survey carried out by Panthera, Wildlife ACT and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife captured this slender cat walking past a camera on the hunt for prey. It was again captured and startled by the camera on its way back carrying its rodent dinner. #Servals are specialists in hunting rodents and birds in tall grass, with small mammals accounting for 94% of their diet.

Sadly, servals are threatened by habitat fragmentation, poaching and illegal trade.

Photo property of @pantheracats
Text by #Wildlife ACT Monitor @staceykleinsnakenborg

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There is so much that one can learn by spending time with this very vulnerable species. Did you know:
Each #PaintedWolf pack has an alpha male and alpha female. The alpha pair are generally the only pair that breeds, but the entire pack shares responsibility for protecting the pups.

Despite being one of the most successful #predators on the planet, there are fewer #PaintedWolves in the wild than there are tigers today.

Come and help us protect this #endangeredspecies.
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#Leopards have excellent senses which are used in combination to locate, hunt and kill their prey. Sight is arguably the most important sense when it comes to hunting. Their large, forward-facing eyes provide binocular vision in order to gauge depth and distance of their sought-after prey. Additionally, leopards have a remarkable reflective layer at the back of the retina called the ‘tapetum lucidum’, allowing the brain to process the image a second time thus improving their vision in low light conditions such as on dark, moonless nights. Their daytime vision is supposedly no better than ours, but it is said they can see at least six to eight times better than humans at night, their primary hunting time!

This male #leopard, commonly referred to as a “Tom” or “Big Tom”, calmly made his way across the road ahead of the #Wildlife ACT monitoring vehicle one evening in the uMkhuze Section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park before settling in the grass alongside us. Sightings like this are generally rare, but by spending as much time in the field as our monitoring teams do, memorable sightings like this one are much more likely!

Post by Wildlife ACT Monitor @meg.hudson

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This magnificent #Tusker elephant was filmed at #Tembe Elephant Park last year. Tembe is widely known for having around 200 of the world’s largest #elephants, and is also the last remaining indigenous herd in KwaZulu-Natal. This population includes a handful of legendary “Tuskers” (elephants whose enormous tusks can weigh more than 45kgs)! The last remaining big-tuskers are slowly dying out in #wildlife parks, but it is hoped that through the #conservation of this important population’s gene pool, future #Tuskers will emerge.

Video by Hayden Rattray

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#Elephants use their trunks to suck up water and pour it into their mouths. However, this is a steep learning curve for infants who take around eight months to a year to learn how to use their trunks properly. Until then they bend down and drink with their mouths, as seen in this video. Drinking is just one of the ways that elephants use water. They also bath and swim to help cool down as well as play to strengthen family bonds.

Text & Video by #Wildlife ACT Monitor @michaelstaegemann

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#WorldElephantDay Fun Fact: When an older #elephantbull wants to spar with a younger male, they will often get down on their knees, which is a great example of #elephant empathy. Elephants also appear to express grief, compassion, self-awareness, altruism and play.

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Interesting #WorldLionDay Facts:

#Lions are very social compared to other cat species and live in prides of up to 15 males, lionesses and #cubs. Lioness sisters usually stick together for life.

The #lion is the national animal of Albania, Bulgaria, England, Ethiopia, Luxembourg, Singapore and the Netherlands.

Lions roar to communicate their position to other prides and is the loudest of any #bigcat and can be heard up to 8km away.

Male lions defend the pride's territory while the females do most of the hunting. Despite this, the males eat first.

Lions have terrific vision at night. Their eyes are 6 times more sensitive to light than human eyes.

Photo by Joel Alves

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A look behind the scenes of a “lion call-up” on Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. Here, 4 #lions are darted in order to check their general health status and also to fit a radio tracking collar onto one individual for monitoring purposes. Once the collar is fitted the vets draw blood samples and collected parasites off of the lions before preparing and administering the reversal drug.

Video by Wildlife ACT Monitor @fi.evans7

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Support Real #LionConservation

A big threat to #lions is their captive breeding. This unethical practice is what is fueling the #cubpetting industry. Many of these hand-reared lions are ultimately trophy hunted in canned hunts when they reach a certain age. The captive breeding of lions is NOT #conservation. Do not believe that hand-reared lions can be successfully released into the wild and survive. If you pet a #lion, you could be indirectly responsible for killing a lion.

Please help spread awareness about the #captivebreeding of lions, support real lion conservation, and watch the documentary, Blood Lions™, to get a proper understanding of what is happening behind closed doors.

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"Since that first experience, we have rejoined Wildlife ACT’s volunteering projects several times. We had lost our hearts in #Zululand – with its majestic landscapes, wild bush with all its noises, and all the small and big creatures that live there. When I took a timeout from my job, I spent another month volunteering with Wildlife ACT in two of their camps. My first two weeks were shared with young girls, but on my second stay, I was the youngster! What a great time we had – four people of mature age but young-at-heart and with open minds. We were all experiencing #nature at its best."
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Text by Maya von Dach
Photo by Manfred Suter Photography

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Working in partnership with the Emvokweni Community Trust and @wildlandssa, Wildlife ACT assisted with the #dehorning and collaring of 3 #rhino on Somkhanda Game Reserve over the weekend. The operation was extremely successful with 2 #whiterhino and 1 #blackrhino being darted and dehorned or collared as necessary. Wildlife ACT assists with/supports long-term monitoring of the population of both black and white rhino on this community-owned reserve. The information gathered daily is proving invaluable for law enforcement and #conservation management. Wildlands, as the management authority of this reserve owned by the Emvokweni Community Trust, have dedicated significant resources to successfully protecting this valuable population of rhino, with this specific work being made possible through the generous support of Talbot and Talbot.

Video clip of a dehorned white rhino by @loveafricamarketing

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