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Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National Park

Unread postby Lesego » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:07 pm

South African National Parks (SANParks) and The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) released 21 red-billed oxpeckers into the Mokala National Park on 22 September 2012.

The birds were captured in Limpopo by EWT, flown to the park by the Batteleurs (a non-profit voluntary organisation) and then released into a cage at Stofdam in the park, close to the bird hide. They were released from the cage yesterday, 30 September 2012, and have already been spotted on Kudu and Warthogs.

The Red-billed oxpecker was prevalent in the greater Kimberley area about 60 years ago, but due to the use of dips and treatments for overseas cattle breeds, they disappeared from the region. According to Deon Joubert, Park Manager: Mokala National Park the birds have been re-introduced into the area because they once occurred there naturally, they are beneficial to mammals (livestock and game) as they help keep ticks and external parasite populations on the animals under control. Their main food source is ticks, including the larva and the adult.

Red-billed oxpeckers also keep animals’ wounds clean and remove rotting flesh and insects from the wounds. Joubert said “they will contribute to protecting the disease free buffalo in Mokala National Park from sickness, reduce the external parasite numbers on animals in neighbouring farms and help get the biodiversity back to the way it was before.”

Visitors are encouraged to help with the monitoring of the birds by reporting sightings at Mokala National Park's reception.



The Red-billed Oxpeckers were re-located by the Batteleurs (a non-profit voluntary organisation) from Limpopo to Mokala National Park.
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Re: Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National

Unread postby Rooies » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:16 pm

I have beaten you with this good news Lesego :tongue: :D But thanks for the additional info. I am sure all of us will look out for these very useful and beautiful birds.
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Re: Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National

Unread postby Lesego » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:19 pm

Lol, I didn't realise Rooies :lol: :lol: , Guess I was too excited I too wanted to share the info :lol:
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Re: Mokala - name the rarest animals...

Unread postby Imax » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:47 am

It was great to see one of these Oxpeckers in Mokala over the past weekend. This individual was seen quite a distance from where they were released, and the Ranger we spoke to was very happy that the bird was in that area of the park already.

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Mokala's Red Billed Oxpeckers

Unread postby Rooies » Thu May 28, 2015 9:23 pm

These fellas were re-introduced to Mokala during September 2012. Any news on how they are doing"? They are not listed in the pdf format of birds elsewhere on the forum.
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Re: Mokala's Red Billed Oxpeckers

Unread postby George_Brits » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:01 am

Good morning Rooies,

I have forwarded your question to the Sanparks PR and I will post a reply as soon as I hear from them. Its an interesting question and I also would like to know.

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Re: Mokala's Red Billed Oxpeckers

Unread postby Rooies » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:16 pm

I see Moesa was there 28 and 29 Nov 2014 ticked them off. At least they are surviving. :clap:
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Re: Mokala's Red Billed Oxpeckers

Unread postby barryels » Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:59 am

Hi Rooies,

The reply that I have received from SANParks PR through the Park Manager at Mokala is that the birds are doing quite well and is regularly seen in the park. Even farmers adjacent to the park contacted the park manager to get information about the birds nesting criteria to set up nesting sights for these birds.

Hope this shed some light on the current status of the birds.
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Re: Mokala's Red Billed Oxpeckers

Unread postby George_Brits » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:19 pm

Thank you for the response, Barry! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mokala's Red Billed Oxpeckers

Unread postby Rooies » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:29 pm

Thanks Barry. We are always concerned about the status of the big cats that were brought back to Karoo an MZNP, but the Oxpeckers are just as important to the balance in the eco-system. Yet they get very little or no coverage.
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Re: Mokala's Red Billed Oxpeckers

Unread postby barryels » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:29 am

Maybe it is us as users of the forums that only concentrate on the Big 5 etc. and don't ask questions like you did on the birds :roll: .

I am a bird lover myself and must say that I was impressed by the quick and professional response received from the Park Manager at Mokala. The only reason it took some time to get an answer is the fact that my SANParks Communications Manager in the Arid Park region was in the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park on official business at the time that I did send through my request.
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