Cheetahs, Predators, Wildlife
Trip Start Jun 04, 2009
18Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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Cheetah Conservation Fund
It’s been so incredibly busy, partly because of the work I’m here to do and partly self-imposed. I mean I’m in Namibia, in my own little “Dennis dream world”, how can I NOT use every single moment getting about as close as is humanly possible to cheetahs, watching the wildlife, interacting with the people, watching amazing sunsets over the African bush, and of course enjoying a few G&Ts. But I have ripped myself away to try and write a blog entry. Oh, and getting interact access is a huge pain out here too.
Here are some of the highlights, but read below for the details: the cheetah run, game drives, leopard sighting, stalking wild cheetah, setting my trail cameras, seeing images form the trail cameras, and plotting for next summers adventure
Here is a short list of the wildlife sightings so far:
- wild free-ranging cheetah
- aardwolf (a rather rare sighting)
- African wildcat
- Polecat (small, looks like a skunk)
- Warthog – loads of them with babies
- Bat-eared fox
- oryx (stunningly beautiful antelope which we ate
- kudu (huge curly horned antelope which we also
ate one night)
- hartebeest (small elk size antelope)
- steenbok (very small antelope)
- dika (small antelope)
- porcupine (in fact I just chased one down the
road with the video camera)
The morning we arrived here, we got to experience a cheetah run
We’ve also been on a few game drives. The CCF is not a game preserve, rather it’s an area about 440 square kilometers (that’s about 88 thousand acres for the “Mericans reading this) that is managed to encourage wild game such as wart hogs, kudu, springbok, giraffe, oryx and other African game animals
I had had my trail cameras out for 2 nights and checked them the other day. I had images of a
leopard, a cheetah, black rhino, aardvark, porcupine, and loads of warthogs and other game. In fact on one camera at a water hole, I had 1200 images over 54 hrs. So brilliant!! I’ve included some of the images.
So tonight I was talking to a visiting biologist called Any Dickman. I actually met Amy about 10 years ago when I first visited Namibia. She is a Brit and recently finished her Ph.D. in the UK working on human-wildlife conflict in Tanzania. She was here just for a week for the conference. She has been given funding to work for another 5 years at an enormous game park in Tanzania. One topic she needs to work on is a wildlife survey in the park. So this evening we were brainstorming. I wondered about the possibility of doing aerial surveys, as the park is huge, with a 2 person powered parachute. Obviously piloted by yours-truly!! Honestly, its probably total pie-in-the-sky thinking. Not doing an aerial survey, but actually getting a powered parachute and me piloting the thing
We all go to Etosha Park in a few days, I’ll check my trail cameras again, and once the conference is over I’ll get to spend some time traveling up north and doing some more field work. Needless to say I’m incredibly excited!