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

Our runners are getting ready to tackle the iconic #RhinoPeak mountain in the Southern Region of the Maloti #Drakensberg World Heritage Site this Saturday. This significant fundraising event, which takes place on #WorldRhinoDay, is in aid of critical #Rhino and #BeardedVulture conservation efforts. Wildlife ACT is proud to be an official partner of the #RhinoPeakChallenge and calls on all those willing to pledge their support and help us make a difference.

Fore more info, please visit www.rhinopeakchallenge.co.za

We thank you for the support and wish all the participants the best of luck!

#rhinoconservation #vultureconservation #savetherhino #savevultures #lovevultures #wildlifeconservation

@runningmanadventures @ezemvelokznwild @projectrhinokzn @rhinoafrica @loveafricamarketing @ultratraildrakensberg @endangeredwildlifetrust

Wildlife ACT strongly encourages all of those seeking a #wildlifevolunteering experience to do thorough research beforehand. There are several organisations in Africa that claim to offer #wildlifeconservation value, yet promote unethical practices. Many of these are now coming under fire for good reason, and the onus is on the responsible volunteer to avoid them. Here are some important questions to ask before deciding which volunteer #conservation organisations to support.

#africanwildlife #africananimals #realconservation #wildlifeprotection #africanwilddogs #ecotourism #responsibletravel

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Over a period of 6 weeks Wildlife ACT volunteers on Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve assisted Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife with their bi-annual game counts. These are conducted in order to assist Park management in evaluating the numbers of #herbivores within a game reserve (excluding elephant, rhino and buffalo, which are counted using aerial surveys). This knowledge is crucial for reserve management. Estimating the number of animals in the area is a key element of understanding the interactions between herbivores, predators and the Park's vegetation. With this information, the park ecologist is able to make important decisions surrounding the maintenance of a healthy and sustainable #ecosystem.

Game counts require long hours on the back of the vehicle, carrying out "repetitions" of pre-defined routes to count all targeted herbivores and record their ages and sexes where possible. The data that our teams collect is analysed statistically to account for differences between counts and for any repetitions that may occur, and a reasonably accurate estimate for each species is calculated. It is important that these counts are carried out every year so that trends can be measured.

Text by Wildlife ACT Monitor @fi.evans7
Photo by Wildlife ACT Monitor @ryanmitchellwildlife

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Last year the #RhinoPeakChallenge, held annually on #WorldRhinoDay (22 September), raised just over R300 000 – funds which went towards national #rhinoconservation efforts and bearded #vultureconservation work being done in the Southern #Drakensberg area of South Africa. This year, Wildlife ACT is proud to be an official partner of this significant fundraising event, and you can help by pledging your support for our participants! Our goal is to help raise R500 000.
Our very own Jo Maree (Wildlife ACT co-founder and chairperson) will be taking the Challenge alongside other professional athletes and people of influence who will be running in support of Wildlife ACT. Their profiles are now live at www.rhinopeakchallenge.co.za, along with an explanation of how the pledging system works.

We call on our Wildlife ACT supporters to help us achieve our goal by making a pledge, large or small, and encourage Jo to keep his training program on track!

#savetherhino #savetherhinos #protectrhinos #savevultures #wildlifeprotection #rhinopeak

"What is that crossing the road over there? Could it be? My breath catches in my throat and my heart started to race as I slowly pulled up to the spot where I saw it disappear. As the vehicle drew to a stop we made eye contact with one of Africa's most secretive and endangered #bigcats. A leopard! We were all stunned into silence; arrested by the young leopard as we watched it disappear into the bush.

Seeing a #leopard in Zululand is extraordinary because they are truly wild. They are very shy and not habituated to vehicles. We were extremely fortunate to share a moment with this curious yet cautious (beautiful) young male early one morning while traversing through #iMfolozi Game Reserve." Photo by #Wildlife ACT Volunteer Anne Mueller
Text by Wildlife ACT Monitor @fi.evans7

#leopards #leopardsighting #leopardlover #leopardconservation #wildcat #wildcats #wildlifephotography #wildlifemonitoring

Tomorrow is #InternationalCoastalCleanupDay! The #oceans are close to our hearts, and we encourage all of those who live near the #ocean, to do their bit.

Earlier this year, Wildlife ACT volunteers at the Tembe project participated in a social experiment to see if a small effort can make a big difference. A maximum of 7 volunteers helped in a combined effort of around 4 hours of work in 2 months. The job was to pick up #rubbish, but mostly #plastic, on a #beach that many people would call ‘clean’. The result can be seen in this video, which shows the profound outcome of this fairly small effort.

Video by @haydenrattray

#coastalcleanup #coastalcleanupday #beachcleanup #noplastic #oceanconservation #pickitup

Become Part of the Pack. The Painted Wolf Foundation has been launched to raise awareness about this much threatened and ignored species, and to support organisations that conserve #paintedwolves in the field. Wildlife ACT is proud to be a member of this group which will help to increase the support-base and understanding of one of our focal species - the #paintedwolf.

Six years in the making, the Painted Wolf Foundation is launching the most comprehensive book on painted wolves ever produced, whereby 100% of the profits will go towards their #conservation.

Learn more about the Painted Wolf Foundation at www.paintedwolf.org

Photo by Nicholas Dyer

#painteddogs #wilddogs #africanwilddogs #wilddogconservation #wildlifeconservation #savewilddogs #endangered #endangeredspecies #endangeredwildlife #africanwildlife

#Vultures are part of the accipitridae family and are extremely important members of an ecosystem. Vultures fly in from huge distances to pick rotting carcasses clean, thereby helping to control disease outbreaks. They are equipped with a digestive system that contains special acids that will dissolve anthrax, botulism and cholera bacteria. These magnificent #birds essentially allow us to measure the functioning and health of an ecosystem. Sadly, many #vulture species are now only abundant within protected #wildlife reserves.

This venue (the collective noun for vultures) of #criticallyendangered White-backed vultures were seen on Manyoni Private Game Reserve feeding on a giraffe carcass during International Vulture Awareness Day on 1 September.

#vultureconservation #raptors #africanbirds #africanwildlife #africananimals #birdlife #wildlifeconservation #lovevultures #savevultures #whitebackedvultures #VultureAwarenessDay #vulturelife #vulturesofinstagram

Is it a worm? Is it a rodent? No, it's a #caterpillar larva! This fluffy guy, aptly named the #MonkeyMoth caterpillar (Jana tantalus) turns into a beautiful #moth after his short life span as a #larva. You can see how big he is compared to the average hand.

Text & video by #Willdife ACT Monitor @meg.hudson

#africananimals #africanwildlife #caterpillarlarvae #caterpillars

There are so many special things to see while out monitoring endangered and priority species. After some good winter rains, there was an abundance of standing water in the #Hluhluwe section of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and the ecosystem was flourishing. One morning the monitoring team came across this unusual-looking #bird - a Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta), trying to catch its breakfast in a waterhole. After checking unsuccessfully in the shallows, it spotted something moving in the grass and quickly darted up the bank. To our delight it brought its prize (frog) back down to the clean water in the puddle just in front of us. The #Hamerkop is a common water-bird often seen throughout South Africa on the water's edge where it hunts for its prey, mostly frogs and small fish. They build large nests out of sticks in trees or cliffs that are close to their hunting grounds.

Text & video by #Wildlife ACT Monitor @michaelstaegemann

#africanbirds #birdlife #africanwildlife #africananimals #birdsofinstagram #birds🐦 #bird_lovers #birdwatching #birdlovers

Ever had an #ultrasound? It is usually done in a hospital right? Well, I volunteered with #Wildlife ACT and was lucky enough to see a vet examine and treat a sick #lioness, including the use of ultrasound to check her internal health.
Following several reports of a #lion that had mange, the Wildlife ACT team responded to a sighting of the sick animal. When we arrived, the lioness was laying down after drinking for several minutes at a nearby dam. The management team was informed and #wildlifevet Dr Mike Toft was called in to examine the state of this lioness.

After an initial visual assessment, the lioness was darted so Dr Toft could collect samples and administer treatment. Once the lioness was asleep (and snoring), Dr Toft took a scraping of her skin for analysis, in which sarcoptic #mange was confirmed.
Mange is caused by a parasitic mite that burrows under the skin of animals. It tends to affect immuno-compromised individuals but is relatively easy to treat. Dr Toft then carried out an ultrasound in-field with a portable scanner, to further investigate her health. Antibiotics were administered to prevent possible infection and an anti-parasitic medication was given to treat the mange.

Text & photo by Wildlife ACT Volunteer by Tanya Taylor with Wildlife ACT Priority Species Monitor @danitheron8

#lionconservation #africanlions #wildlifeconservation #bigcatconservation #africanwildlife #africananimals #bornwild #lions #savelions #bigcats

A big thank you to all our monitoring teams for the many hours they spent doing #vulture counts and raising awareness on International Vulture Awareness Day! The recorded vulture numbers and different species (including other #raptors) will be used to estimate population density across Zululand's wildlife reserves.

@ezemvelokznwild @isimangaliso @wildlandssa @somkhandagamereserve @manyoniprivategamereserve

#InternationalVultureAwarenessDay #vulturecount #vultureconservation #africanvultures #endangeredvultures #endangeredbirds #wildlifeconservation

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