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Satellite Tracked Vulture Movements 08 – 15 October 2017

The latest movements of our Bearded Vultures; Jeremia, Pharaoh, InkosiYeentaka, Lehlwa, Mac, Camo and Mollie and our Cape Vulture; Bennie for the past week. You will notice that we have a new Cape Vulture on the map- N207- a sub-adult bird that was rehabilitated by Ben Hoffman (Raptor Rescue) and released in the southern Drakensberg by Ben and Chris Kelly (Wildlife ACT). This bird was fitted with the transmitter that was recovered from Kloutjie.

The necropsy report revealed that Kloutjie died of trauma – the type that would be expected from being shot at. X-Rays revealed a cracked skull and broken humerus. He was not poisoned and lead levels in the bone were low. We will need to schedule some awareness activities within the region to address human persecution.

You may also notice that I have updated the birds’ ages. All our Bearded Vultures are now adults, with the youngest being those caught as one year old birds in 2012.

Meet the vultures included in the project

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Satellite Tracked Vulture Movements 01 – 7 October 2017

The latest movements of our Bearded Vultures; Jeremia, Pharaoh, InkosiYeentaka, Lehlwa, Mac, Camo and Mollie and our Cape Vulture, Bennie, for the past week, that are fitted with satellite transmitters and included in our monitoring program.

Meet the vultures included in the project

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Satellite Tracked Vulture Movements 17 – 24 September 2017

The latest movements of our Bearded Vultures; Jeremia, Pharaoh, InkosiYeentaka, Lehlwa, Mac, Camo and Mollie and our Cape Vulture, Bennie, for the past week, that are fitted with satellite transmitters and included in our monitoring program.

Meet the vultures included in the project

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Satellite Tracked Vulture Movements 03 – 10 September 2017

The latest movements of our Bearded Vultures; Jeremia, Pharaoh, InkosiYeentaka, Lehlwa, Mac, Kloutjie, Camo and Mollie and our Cape Vulture, Bennie, for the past week, that are fitted with satellite transmitters and included in our monitoring program.

Meet the vultures included in the project

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Rhino Peak Challenge 2017

Rhino Peak Challenge

On World Rhino Day, the 22nd of September 2015, a small group of South Africa’s finest Trail Runners were asked to ascend the iconic Rhino Peak in the Southern Region of the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site. While establishing new FKT’s (Fastest Known Times) for the Rhino was a partial objective the main focus was to raise awareness, in a unique way, to the plight of Rhinos as well as the other endangered habitant of the Rhino Peak itself, the Bearded Vulture. These two very different creatures are a powerful symbol for South Africa’s threatened species and having these elite runners doing something special on the only Peak over 3000m in the world that resembles a Rhino sent an unprecedented message on behalf of the conservation community.

In 2016, in line with the plan to launch off the foundation of 2015, the participants in the Rhino Peak Challenge (RPC) were increased to 2 teams of 12. The first group consisted of 12 of SA’s Elite Trail Runners and the second group comprised of Persons of Influence (POI’s) from the world of Sport, Conservation and Entertainment. Using the FKT’s established in 2015 of 2hr45 and 3hr25 the Elite Men and Ladies were given cut-off times of 3hr30 and 4hrs respectively for their runs while the POI’s were allowed to set their own goal times.

A system was then set up whereby each runner had a profile on the event website and the public was able to pledge an amount on one or more of their chosen participants. This pledge was then linked to the runner’s cut-off or goal time by means of a multiplication factor. So for example, if someone pledged R10 on a runner and that runner then ran 20 minutes under their goal time then the pledge would be multiplied by a factor of 20.

The day went off extremely well despite the gale force winds. New FKT’s of 2hr34 and 2hr45 were established by Rory Scheffer and Holly Page and all of the participants raised substantial amounts of money totalling nearly R 300,000.

One of the beneficiaries is the Maloti-Drakensberg Vulture Project. Sonja Krueger will be undertaking the challenge in 2017 to raise money for the project. Please pledge your support using the following link:

http://www.rhinopeakchallenge.co.za/participants/?yearopt=2017#people

 

Satellite Tracked Vulture Movements 28 August – 03 September 2017

The latest movements of our Bearded Vultures; Jeremia, Pharaoh, InkosiYeentaka, Lehlwa, Mac, Kloutjie, Camo and Mollie and our Cape Vulture, Bennie, for the past week, that are fitted with satellite transmitters and included in our monitoring program.

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