Shamwari conservation experience

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It has been a very busy week for the vets and nurses at the Animal Rehab Centre here at Shamwari Game Reserve, with lots of new arrivals checking in.

A pack of 6 jackal pups arrived last week; they had lost their mother to hunters and are too young to fend for themselves so needed some help from the centre, but luckily they are all strong little monsters and have settled in and are feeding very well.

We also have 5 springbok that were abandoned by their moms. We were very worried about them at first but they are all taking the bottle now and getting stronger every day, which means that hopefully they can go home to the bush very soon.

A Cape Spotted Eagle Owl has also checked in with a damaged wing, from what we don’t know, but he seems to be a strong fighter and is eating very well and we are sure that he will be soon on his way.

So, between all the resident animals at the rehab centre and all the new arrivals, the students have been kept very busy filling mother duties for all the animals, which means feeding them and making sure that their enclosures are as comfortable as possible.

Two of the girls even spent the night at the centre to feed the very young animals through the night. We are very positive that all the animals will make a speedy recovery and will be returned to the wild where they belong. Thanks to all the students that have been available: I’m sure if the animals could talk they would say the same thing. 🙂

It is spring time here in South Africa so out with the morning chill and welcome to the nice warm weather. This also means that a lot of the antelope species will start giving birth to young soon – it’s always really exciting to see the new babies around the reserve.

The leopard has finally been seen, and she has brought her cub out of the den to teach and to join her on hunts. The little one must be about 4 months old now so will have just started eating meat.

Hopefully now that the cub is more active, we will be able to see a lot more of the mother and resume monitoring her movement patterns with the cub to see how far they are travelling on the reserve.

We have put together a worm farm in our nursery which will produce fertilizer for our veggies. All we have to do now is feed them all the table scraps and they can start doing their thing. This has only just been put together so I will let you know how it goes.

Sunday 4th of September was the annual trail run which was held in Alexandria. A very busy day mostly spent doing face painting for the kids to raise funds for charity.

This meant that we had to practice which we did on each other. Some were pretty good and others you needed a great sense of humor to see what it was, but in the end it was all for a good cause and it turned out to be a fun morning for all.

I will be away for the next two weeks but my colleagues will let you know what we have been up to.

From Africa with love,

Graham Manser

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