Become a part of the Pack
A little snapshot of what a monitoring session on Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park entails. Every session is unique and often filled with special moments and sightings.
We have set up exclusive WhatsApp groups for each of our projects. These groups are providing our supporters with updates from our field monitors as they go about their work. We are offering access to these groups to those who donate USD $10 or more per month towards our #KeepWildlifeACTive campaign. $10 for 1 group, $20 for 2 groups, $30 for 3 groups etc. This is our way of saying thank you to our donors, and allowing our supporters to become virtual volunteers during lockdown.
#KeepWildlifeACTive Campaign Link: https://bit.ly/2WB6Y3w
Thanks again to everyone who is helping to Keep Wildlife ACTive during this difficult time! We depend on this support to conduct vitally important endangered and priority wildlife species conservation work, and anti-poaching initiatives. Due to the current global travel restrictions and local shutdown, a number of our conservation projects in Zululand are now under threat of closing.
However, with your continued support as virtual volunteers, we can keep these projects open and continue our vital work. We are HUGELY grateful for the kindness you have all already shown.
The Wildlife ACT Team
New Cheetah Collared on uMkhuze
The collaring of Cheetah in the uMkhuze Section of iSimangaliso World Heritage Site is essential for the effective monitoring, management and protection of the species. Last week, Wildlife ACT supported Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in collaring the reserve's latest arrival, MCM25.
This Cheetah has recently been introduced from a nearby reserve and is acclimatising to his surroundings whilst in the predator boma. With pharmaceutical assistance from African Wildlife Vets, the Ezemvelo veterinarian was able to successfully tranquilise and collar this Cheetah with a Wildlife ACT donated anti-snare VHF. We expect this life-saving collar to last two and half years on this animal.
HiP Painted Dog Pack Collared
On 30 May 2019, the Hluhluwe monitoring team assisted Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the Endangered Wildlife Trust with fitting a new Wildlife ACT tracking collar onto a pack of Painted Dogs. The pack consists of two adult females which had moved up into the Hluhluwe section, from iMfolozi.
Tracking collars allow the team to monitor the movements of the animals around the Park and assist with getting daily visuals. This helps determine whether the animals have left the confines of the Park and helps us to assess the health of all individuals in a pack. The collars can also let us know whether an individual has been stationary for more than 3 hours and will emit a mortality signal helping the team locate the collared individual quickly and efficiently.
240 Wild Dog Collars Fitted to Date
The daily monitoring of endangered species plays an important role in ensuring their survival in the wild. It helps us to continuously assess their condition and report on it timeously, to allow informed management decisions and effective action to be taken when needed. This is particularly vital when an animal is caught in a snare and immediate action is needed to free the animal. However, it is always best to anticipate and attempt to prevent such situations.
Wildlife ACT has developed anti-snare plates that are fitted onto the sides of collars, mostly Wild Dog collars such as in this photo. These plates are fitted on with pop rivets where a snare might hook onto, and can prevent a snare from pulling tightly around the animal’s neck. These plates may also provide the animal with enough time to struggle and break free from a snare before they are asphyxiated.
To date, Wildlife ACT has helped collar over 240 Wild Dogs, and through intensive monitoring, treat over 140 individuals from snaring and other injuries.
5 Priority Species Collared in January Alone!
The new year has started well at the uMkhuze section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have made some important proactive management moves and a total of 5 animals have been collared or re-collared in January alone! These operations were assisted by African Wildlife Vets and Wildlife ACT.
In late January 2018, after an already successful morning of re-collaring two lions, the team continued their mission to add another collar onto the Painted Dog pack. Prior to this, the team had endured 3 long monitoring sessions as the pack had avoided them. But the dogs could no longer resist the urge to feed and once Dr. Joel Alves had taken the shot, it was only 10 minutes before the animal was sedated.
The collar placed on this adult male is a VHF anti-snare collar. The metal plate and pop rivets serve as an important addition that could save his life. Having a good second VHF collar on the pack also greatly assists the monitoring team in finding these animals day in and out.
Thank you to all those who have donated towards the purchasing and fitting of these collars! They are greatly aiding our work to help save this endangered species.
The Wild Dogs That Were Saved
In 2006, there were only 6 African Wild Dog packs left in Kwa-Zulu Natal. With your support and the money raised, Wildlife ACT has managed to continue developing, improving and deploying unique anti-snare collars, which have brought wild dog numbers up to 14 packs at present!
Your kind donations are saving the lives of these critically endangered animals and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support. We aim to collar every wild dog pack in South Africa so that they may have a fighting chance at survival.
Please have a look at the below video which highlights the recent success of our collective fight to save the African Wild Dog, which would not have been possible without the generosity and efforts of people such as you.