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Throw-back to when we were fortunate to observe the Bhejie Pack in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park playing and interacting with one another after they had finished hunting for the morning. #PaintedWolves form very tight bonds within a pack. They constantly make contact with one another and engage in play to reaffirm these bonds, as well as to establish a hierarchy among individuals in the pack. These strong social bonds confer an advantage to the Painted Wolves during hunts, whereby they perform with skillful coordination to run down and overpower prey.

#Wildlife ACT focuses on the #conservation of Painted Wolves as well as other #endangeredspecies and the preservation of wild places. #Volunteering with Wildlife ACT affords volunteers amazing opportunities to see Painted Wolves - Africa’s second most #endangered carnivore species, and contribute to their survival in the wild. Find out how you can get involved: http://bit.ly/2fHPefX

Text by Fi Evans
Video by Wildlife ACT Volunteer Amie Nevin

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Lions don’t climb trees? Many people are under the misconception that #Lions (Panthera leo), unlike other #bigcats, don't climb trees at all. This is however incorrect. Lions can and often do climb trees for a variety of reasons, from cooling down, to avoiding pesky insects.
In the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, lions have been observed adopting this behaviour particularly in the hot and humid Summer months (from late November to late February). A collared adult #lioness was photographed by our Hluhluwe monitoring team, while resting with a sub-adult male companion in a large and iconic Marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea) – an unexpected perspective for our volunteer research assistants!

Text & Photo by #Wildlife ACT Monitor @michaelstaegemann
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Like in humans and other #animals (such as zebras and elephants), #leopards have distinct features that tell them apart from one another and aid in leopard identification. Rosette patterns to leopards are like fingerprints to humans. This important identification characteristic allows the #Leopard Survey team to identify unique individuals and generate leopard identification kits that are used by #Panthera to calculate population density estimates for #wildlife reserves.

There is no set rule on how to identify a leopard, but researchers must rather trust their eye in a scientific game of spot-the-difference. #Rosettes come in a variety of shapes, sizes and formations and learning how to identify and isolate these patterns for comparison against other coats, is a skill that takes some practice!

Photo property of @pantheracats
Text by Wildlife ACT Monitor @kalzvanheerden
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An interesting and rather unusual sighting in #Zululand. This female #giraffe decided that she was lacking a bit a calcium in her diet. She bent down and picked up an old femur bone and proceeded to chew on it. Since #giraffes are herbivores feeding mainly on leaves from acacia trees and sickle bush, they sometimes lack certain vitamins. They get calcium from feeding on the bones of animals that have died, either due to predation or old age. In this video you can see the female chewing on the bone and trying to keep it in her mouth.

This behaviour is quite common in giraffe and is known as #osteophagia. Animals do this to supplement their diet with calcium and phosphorus that their bodies may be lacking. Osteophagia is more simply known as the “eating of bones.” Like many animals, giraffe are also known to consume soil or clay for the same reasons. This is called #geophagy and helps #animals to acquire essential minerals that their bodies might be lacking, such salt, iron and zinc. Geophagy and osteophagia is very common in #mammals – especially ones that rely predominantly on plant food.

Video taken by @estelle.corade
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"Like music or art, love of #nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries" ~ Jimmy Carter

A Painted Vine moth in its #caterpillar stage (or Agarista agricola as scientifically referred to) showing its brilliantly-banded body in front of our brilliantly posed work vehicle. Who says monitoring is all about the big things?

Text & Photo by Wildlife ACT Monitor @meg.hudson
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These #malelions were introduced into Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP) from Khamab #Kalahari Private Game Reserve last year, followed by the introduction of #lionesses from Tembe Elephant Park. We recently had a good sighting of the males, which were seen resting not far from the main road, when all of a sudden they started moving with great haste down into a small gully and disappeared.
The females had been seen a few days before in the area just to the north. It's possible that the males had heard a kill or detected that one of the females was going into oestrous. After a quick telemetry scan in their direction, we determined that all the females were together. Before long we saw one of the male #lions still heading north along the hill. We continued our drive and soon caught up with the second male, and had our first glimpse of the females resting in the shade of a large Marula tree. But no kill present? When both males finally arrived, their intentions were made abundantly clear after a brief scuffle. One of the females was coming into oestrous.

The male can be seen in the images below using his Jacobson's organ to test the air for the #pheromones given off by the receptive females, in a behaviour known as #Flehmen. For the next three hours we watched the numerous attempts by the fastest, victorious male to court the female, but unfortunately for him, no #mating took place.

Text & Photos by #Wildlife ACT Monitor @michaelstaegemann
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Dusk. And the sun has set. A beautiful #BlackRhino male looks at our monitoring vehicle with an unmistakable intensity. A bright #fullmoon rises in the background. It’s a truly wonderful sight in any part of the world. But in #Zululand, full moons can be ominous. A full moon usually coincides with a spike in #rhinopoaching…

The extra light allows the poachers to enter and move around in protected areas without using spotlights or torches. This gives them a great advantage in tracking and #poaching #rhinos for their horns without being detected. On these evenings, the anti-poaching rangers are on high alert and focus on the sounds of the bushveld to detect any trespassers.
Next time you are sitting by a fire enjoying the moon lighting up your surroundings, spare a thought for the brave men and women risking their lives for the protection of this iconic, #criticallyendangered species.

Photo & Text by #Wildlife ACT Monitor @fredebenade

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Say "cheese"! Wildlife ACT, Panthera and Ezemvelo KZN #Wildlife have an ongoing Leopard camera trap survey across northern KwaZulu-Natal to monitor leopard population trends; but the #cameratraps also provide insight into a variety of other species. There are 60 camera traps set up throughout Ithala Game Reserve and these cameras allow us to see the natural wonders of the wild when the animals think no one is watching.

Camera traps are a vital #conservation tool as they allow us to observe animals in their environment and witness their natural behaviour and habits without the influence of human presence. #Leopard Survey volunteers were delighted by the opportunity to see a side of these animals that is normally unseen. It is clear from these photos that we are not the only species that has mastered the art of the #selfie.

The Wildlife ACT Leopard Survey is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Find out how you can participate in this unique conservation project by visiting our website.

Photo property of @pantheracats
Post by Leopard Survey Monitor: Kaylee Van Heerden

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This short video shows a male #cheetah being released into the uMkhuze Game Reserve predator boma after his long journey from Rietvlei in the Gauteng province last year. He was released onto the reserve after getting accustomed to his surroundings - a key ingredient to the successful introduction of any #predator. All three of the newly introduced males have shown signs of a successful start to their new life on the reserve, including a healthy appetite. This move is in line with the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife cheetah management strategy and will enrich the genetic diversity of the current population in the uMkhuze section of the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site. The transport of these cheetah was supported by the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Wildlife ACT.

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Over the past few weeks, the Wildlife ACT #conservation volunteers on #iMfolozi Game Reserve we have been very lucky to participate in an authentic hands-on endangered species monitoring experience. Our favorite moment was when we saw a pack of 27 African #PaintedDogs approaching a herd of approximately 40 #elephants who were drinking on the banks of the Black iMfolozi River. Two elephants reacted with alarm and attempted to chase them off, but the dogs would not be deterred and stood their ground against these impressive mega-herbivores. What a spectacular sighting: Africa’s second most endangered carnivore up against the largest land mammal on earth!

Text & Video by #Wildlife ACT Monitor @fi.evans7
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This African White-Backed #Vulture was wing tagged for monitoring purposes and released in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park recently. Vulture tagging forms part of the vulture monitoring and #conservation work carried out by Ezemvelo KZN #Wildlife and Wildlife ACT, as members of the #Zululand Vulture Project. Please report any sightings of tagged #vultures to help us monitor these severely threatened species! Re-sightings can be submitted at the following link: http://projectvulture.org.za/report-vulture-sighting/

You can further support vulture conservation in Africa by making a small donation towards this essential work. Please visit the link in our bio.

@GoFundMe @empowersafrica In the video: Wildlife ACT monitor @ryanmitchellwildlife
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BREAKING NEWS: First sighting of the new lion cubs on Somkhanda Game Reserve!

In May 2017, three #lions (1 male and 2 females) arrived at their new home in #Somkhanda Community Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, from Phinda Private Game Reserve. We are pleased to report that there are four healthy new additions to the pride. These #lioncubs are the first wild lions to be born on Somkhanda in the past 50 plus years. Well done to all those involved who made this reintroduction possible.

Post by @bloodlionsofficial
Photo by @pipsorps

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