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  1. I am a student at Texas A&M University and conducting a project that examines animals in Africa. For this project, I need to locate high-quality images of impalas (Aepyceros melampus) that are reclining and directly facing the camera (as in the attached photograph). Would anyone potentially be interested in sharing any photos you have with me? Thanks in advance for any help! A_A14.bmp
  2. I've know there are many projects and research groups for almost every animal in the Mara. Heck we saw the Martial Eagle Masai Mara Project on safariLive today, but I've not found any for leopards. I know they are elusive and sometimes hard to find, but why is it no one is studying them in that area? Lions have their own websites and cheetah have at least 3 different projects alone as do the hyena. If I could afford to live the life of a researcher and do all that I would definitely do it, but I can't and my focus would be on leopard. I think it's a bit of a shame there isn't one, at least one that I've found. Is there a leopard project in the Masai Mara?
  3. To expand our 'Baboon PhotoMap' (more information on http://www.wildsolutions.nl/photography/photomap/) we are looking for baboon photographs from Southern Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and DRC. If you happen to have baboon images from this region which you are willing to share, please send a copy to wildsolutions@gmail.com together with your full name (so that we can acknowledge you accordingly) and the coordinates or a detailed locality description of your record. Thank you very much for your help! Yvonne​ ​​ Yvonne A. de Jong, PhD Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program P.O. Box 149, Nanyuki 10400, Kenya wildsolutions@gmail.com, www.wildsolutions.nl Yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus) at Diani, south coast of Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, wildsolutions.nl
  4. Conservation biologists, wildlife managers and zookeepers are becoming increasingly concerned over the well-being of free-roaming and domestic animals. It has become vital for these groups to understand how internal and external factors are disturbing animals. When an animal is stressed, it releases specific hormones which can be measured and monitored by researchers. These hormones can be measured through blood samples, although this direct method can cause the animal more stress in the process. Therefore, a popular method for measuring stress levels in animals is collecting fresh faecal samples and measuring the concentration of stress hormones within these samples. Researchers have collected faecal samples from elephants to measure the stress levels over a number of scenarios. African elephants have been found to be stressed from activities such as crop raiding, translocations, exposure to hunting events and exposure to intense fires. Increased stress levels have even been found in elephants experiencing thunderstorms or witnessing nearby fireworks. An increase in stress hormones is natural for elephants to enable individuals to cope with or adjust to abnormal or extreme situations in their environment. However, if this stress response is maintained at a high level (chronic stress), there can be broad implications on the survival and behavioural patterns shown by the elephants. This is why it is increasingly important for researchers to understand the state that their elephants are in, especially if the environment is being artificially manipulated.
  5. Hi, y'all: So I've been getting some really interesting preliminary data from my project! It's predominately, of course, a lion/leopard/cheetah project, since we're partially funded by the Big Cats Initiative, but I've been collecting general information about predation incidents, herding practices, etc. I've found a number of incidents here in the TransMara of honey badgers breaking into bomas (either by digging under the fence or by breaking in through an un-reinforced door) and absolutely wrecking livestock; interestingly enough, these incidents seem to disappear as we head up the Oloololo escarpment to the Mara North. I was expecting to see some honey badger problems, but in certain areas, they seem to be coming in as maybe the #3 predator for shoats (read: sheep & goats), behind leopard and hyenas! It's been kind of interesting/surprising. Anyone have any honey badger insight to share? Also -- I haven't yet been able to see one of these buggers; but judging from the horror stories of being attacked/chased, I'm not sure I want to!
  6. Hi all. I have been lucky enough to secure a very small grant to conduct a camera trap based survey of Thuma Forest Reserve. The first ever. I hope to gauge distribution of meso carnivores and other cryptic species. I do however need to make the grant go a long way in order to get a viable sample size. Can anyone suggest a UK source which could possibly offer discounts or low cost bushnell traps? I'm looking at sourcing another 10 traps but I doubt I will manage that from this grant. Thanks Safaritalkers
  7. LION ECOLOGY AND MONITORING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME - SALE In the past few months, we’ve had a lot of interesting developments on the reserve at our Lion Ecology and Monitoring Volunteer Programme. In July, five lions were introduced into the reserve and are exploring their new surroundings and integrating well with the resident lion pride. We’ve also been busy with our leopards. After many months of hard work, we finally managed to collar a new male leopard, Matlala, and in August we re-collared Cleo (our female leopard). Such a great accomplishment and wonderful experience for the volunteers and the project Team! In the next few months we plan on re-collaring Selati and Mica and will continue our regular adventures into the bush along with many other exciting on-going activities. HOLIDAY PROMOTION! We are writing to inform you of Blue Lizard Adventures’ current promotional discount and invite you and your friends to see out 2012 in style - in the bush! 10% Holiday Discount: This 10% discount applies to you and any of your friends that would like to join us. The holiday discount is valid for bookings made between October until the end of December 2012. HOLIDAY PROMOTION PRICE LIST: Remember to check exchange rates regularly and pay even less for your truly amazing African experience! Prices in South African Rand 2 weeks - R7200 3 weeks- R10350 4 weeks - R13500 5 weeks - R16650 6 weeks - R19800 7 weeks - R22500 8 weeks - R25200 9 weeks - R27900 10 weeks - R30600 What are you waiting for? Come and join us!!! Please feel free to forward this e-mail to all your friends that might be interested in our programme! http://www.bluelizar...-programme.html

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