2016 has been a year of magical moments and amazing achievements.We valiantly rose to every conservation challenge, we opened our arms to all animals orphaned, injured and seeking sanctuary solace, we GPS collared magnificent carnivores, we released where we could back into the wilds, we forged ahead with innovative research, we lent a loving touch, we covered endless kilometers to mitigate carnivore conflict, to bring expert medical care to even the remotest San Bushman communities, we diagnosed and treated every illness we could, we cried tears of laughter and joy, we grieved in moments of loss, we nurtured young minds, encouraged hope for the brightest futures, we fulfilled children’s (and animals’) dreams... and we opened our hearts… as did you!
NOT ONE, NOT TWO... BUT THREE DECEMBER COLLARINGS!
They say that most things come in threes. And our Rapid Response Team can certainly attest to that, having collared three of Namibia’s prime predators this month.
9 December saw our intrepid research team rapidly responding to a farmer’s call. A pregnant female leopard, her petite frame weighing just 29kg, had been caught in a capture cage, Namibia’s extreme summer temperatures demanding immediate action. After deftly sedating and fitting the diminutive feline with a GPS collar, the team watched her dash back to freedom, the GPS data now being shared with the farmer on a daily basis.
And the collaring excitement continued just a few days later, our researchers rushing to a farm where a lone male, a resplendent three year old in prime health, had been cage trapped by the concerned landowner – a landowner now working closely with N/a’an ku sê and willingly putting the livestock protecting advice of our research team into action.
The mighty male leopard now sports a GPS collar, his known movements and behavior providing peace of mind to a cooperative landowner whose heart lies close to conservation.
The third round of rapid action took place at a farm in the vicinity of the project on 23 December. A female leopard, weighing a healthy 38kg and heavily pregnant, had been caught in a capture cage, the concerned farmer relying on our staffs carnivore conflict mitigation experience to allay his fears of suspected livestock predation. Deftly sedating and fitting the magnificent cat with a GPS collar, the team watched in awe as she leaped back to freedom, her movements now being shared with the farmer every day.
It never fails to create a feeling of accomplishment when landowner and conservationist work together in forging a peaceful co-existence between man and wild.
Meet our latest tiny arrival – Julie. 28 December had staff doing what they do best… gently and lovingly welcoming an orphaned baby baboon, Julie. Soothing words, tender touches and tasty tidbits have started easing the trauma of losing her mum, and the marvelously maternal female members of the baby troop have fully embraced their latest addition. A fellow baboon cuddle works wonders!
Welcome home Julie.