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  1. Well, it was near the hide which people frequent, so people would walk by regularly to get to the hide. They could inform tourists of its presence and how to behave in a way to minimize disturbance. This relocation is a huge disturbance, and it looks like it has to cover a large area without cover if it can't find a suitable hiding spot in the termite mound it was released at.
  2. Kaingo camp in South Luangwa posted this on their website: So basically they remove the snake because some guests don't like it. Couldn't they divert the path further around his hiding spot, explain the guests his presence and how to behave safely around him? I find it odd that in a National Park an animal has to be moved for convenience of tourists. I know of a story in Botswana years ago where a highly respected guide who was training new guides came across a python crossing the road. As it was in the road he got out, caught in, showed it to the trainees, explaining about pythons, showing the spores etc, and then release it in the bush next to the road. He was fired as he handled an animal inside the national park, which was illegal. There is a video too of the release of the snake. They state: I like to point out that snakes are creatures of habit. There are lots of snakes, but the reason you see so few is because they don't like to crawl around and explore. They like to hide in safe spot (ie holes, cravices etc), sadly Peter wasn't released near a hole he could hide, so he/she wasn't quite content and exploring his new home, he was frantically searching for a safe place to hide in an environment unknown to him.
  3. Saddle-billed storks with 4 large chicks, that's a great result!
  4. Certainly a good list. Odd though that they mention most projects by their name or organisation, but there are 2 entries named just by the park and both are projects from African Parks, arguably currently one of the most successful conservation organizations!
  5. Was the auction advertised in China and Vietnam? By who? Any links for that?
  6. What a start!!! First bird: white-browed sparrow-weaver Owl: Pel's Fishing Owl!!! A much sought after bird by bird watcher and usually very difficult to spot during the day! You were very lucky to see one so well!!!
  7. I noticed that, maybe an admin can correct that in the title.
  8. The website of Kruger NP lists a Kobus antelope (most likely a puku K. vardonii) as reedbuck... http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_reedbuck.html Not a very good example of marketing if you apparently don't even know what you're talking about, and that for the country's best known national park. Edit: OK, not the official Kruger website, and a whole bunch of animals are listed which don't occur in Kruger (Damara dikdik, Oryx, also listed as Gemsbok with different text) or even in SA. For me stuff like that is a deal breaker. If I search for a safari destination and the company I look at lists such erroneous things they're off my lists immediately.
  9. @Africlan Beautiful pictures again! Size would rule out bush snakes, location rules out green mamba. Adult male boomslangs can have solid green bellies, they'r very variable in colour.
  10. Nhkotakota looks wonderful! The snake can't have been a green mamba as they only occur in the southern parts of Malawi. It was most likely a snake of the Philotamnus genus (bush snakes) who are often brilliantly green coloured. It could also have been a male boomslang (and probably was if the snake was longer than about 1m). Keep it coming, great report!
  11. A good example that legalizing trade does not reduce poaching. Poaching of lions has recently been increasing. It has sharply increased this year, and SA announced they allow the sale of hundreds of lion carcasses allegedly to be used for their bones in TCM. The trade is legal, yet poaching isn't reduced but is increasing. Didn't the same thing happen with ivory? Yet people still argue allowing rhino horn trade is the best remedy against rhino poaching...Rhino poaching was on a downward trend. Recently the domestic sale of rhino horn within SA was allowed, we'll see what happens with the future trend of rhino poaching. But this news from lions isn't promising. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/poachers-target-lions-in-limpopo-20170825
  12. Wonderful! And very cool to see the cheetah! Have there been more recent sightings?
  13. Great posts and photos! So in Okonjima they have 35 leopards in about 200 sq km? That's a really high density! How many cheetahs are there currently? 7 dead out of 13 doesn't sound to good, but how long did they survive? How many cheetahs do typically live in habitat like that in 200 sq km? Maybe 2 or 3? I also have mixed feelings about operations like that. How can you truly release something in a completely fenced area? And what kind of responsibility does the owner have to its animals in a fenced place. 'Release' animals only to have them succumb isn't really good practice.
  14. Hunters will blame the USFWS for this. As they see it, because Americans can't import the trophies the animals have lost their value so the owner isn't receiving the money he needs to take care of the animals.
  15. Very good post again @inyathi ! You make a good point about the breeding life of male lions. Since the 6-year age rule surfaced its interpretation seems to have shifted. Initially it was presented as the age at which (in the Serengeti) a male lion would have raised a first set of cubs to the age of 2-years, at which they are safe from infanticide. Lately, especially from hunters, it is often referred to that lions of 6 years or older are done breeding and about to be ousted of a pride anyway if they still control a pride. The latter is simply not true. Cecil was still holding a pride at age 13, the famous Duba boys had a territory for 11 years and when they died were thought to be around 17 years. Thus they only took the territory they reigned for 11 years when they were 6 years old! So rather than 6 years old being the age at which they are done breeding, it's just the age (in the Serengeti, this is likely later in more bushy areas without migratory prey) they have raised a first set of cubs to an age save from infanticide, but still have a lot of breeding potential (especially the stronger males).

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