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Re: endangered species at Mokala

Unread postby ice » Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:52 pm

@ son godin

when I wrote "endangered species" I was certainly not referring to any "official" list or status...I was merely quoting what mokala's field guide told me on my night drive...the following day I wrote down what I could memorize but until this very day I cannot remember the fifth animal she mentioned...so let me rephrase my remark:

one of the main reasons why mokala was proclaimed was (according to the guide who was involved in its establishment from the very beginning) to protect these animals I mentioned (roan and sable are certainly rare in ZA and the white backed vulture is -afaik- listed as near threatened)

to answer your question: none of the animals (except the black rhino) is on the list I was given

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Re: endangered species at Mokala

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:03 pm

I AM lucky, anyway I have never seen blackies in Kruger in 22 visits, that is the elusive luck....
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Re: endangered species at Mokala

Unread postby ice » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:32 pm

don't scare me, I've only been there 7 times and unlike you I need international flights to get there

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Re: Mokala - name the rarest animals...

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:43 pm

We saw this black springbok in Mokala early Nov 2011:

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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: Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:40 pm

:thumbs_up:

But why couldn't they fly there themselves. :whistle:
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Re: Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National

Unread postby Rooies » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:51 pm

Bush Baptist wrote::thumbs_up:

But why couldn't they fly there themselves. :whistle:


Jislaaik, to spot a tick on buffalo's bum from 800 km away is a bit too much to ask. :shock:
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Re: Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National

Unread postby okie » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:54 pm

Besides why so no to a free taxi-ride :whistle:
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Re: Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National

Unread postby JenB » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:09 pm

:lol: :lol: Rooies!
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Re: Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:02 pm

Rooies wrote:
Bush Baptist wrote: :thumbs_up:

But why couldn't they fly there themselves. :whistle:


Jislaaik, to spot a tick on buffalo's bum from 800 km away is a bit too much to ask. :shock:


Should be no problem for the female oxpeckers. My wife can smell a rat where there is none! :roll:
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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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Mata-Mata Pangolin

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:59 am

Afternoon all,

About two weeks ago the section ranger of Mata-Mata went to their water pump next to the camp for routine work. This is what they found under a bush.

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Re: Mata-Mata Pangolin

Unread postby Scouter » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:09 pm

:dance: :dance: AWESOME !!!!!! Lucky guys :mrgreen: - thanks for posting for us !
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