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No Laughing Matter | Hyenas in South Africa

No Laughing Matter | Hyenas in South Africa

Author -  Pops

Monday, 12th March, had the research team at one of our South African projects, rapidly responding to a call concerning one of Namibia’s “laughing” residents. This time it wasn’t a leopard taking centre stage, but a hyena. Having spotted (no pun intended) a hyena on his property, a local farmer made the decision to call upon the carnivore conflict mitigation team. After capturing the spotted hyena in a baited, non-lethal box-trap, they stepped in, fitting the young male, aged approximately 3 years and weighing in at 47kg, with a GPS collar and released him back on the farmer’s land.

 

Nicola Phillips Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.jpg

The collar now transmits precise GPS locations on a regular schedule, that are shared with the farmer each day, the hyena’s behavioural patterns and range of movements are no longer a mystery and enables the team to gather evidence on the potential culpability of this hyena in any future livestock losses.

 

After all, the unnecessary persecution of hyenas is no laughing matter!

At this project, human-wildlife conflict is researched and subsequently tackled as intensively as possible. The scientific data from the GPS collaring of wild carnivores, provides a platform to systematically address the complex facets of conflict and mitigate the peaceful co-existence between man and wild, that is inherently possible. This innovative project has seen countless predators retain their freedom in the wild where they rightly belong.


Hyena Namibia Project Conservation.png


No Laughing Matter | Hyenas in South Africa

Monday, 12th March, had the research team at one of our South African projects, rapidly responding to a call concerning one of Namibia’s “laughing” residents. This time it wasn’t a leopard taking centre stage, but a hyena.

Monday, 12th March, had the research team at one of our South African projects, rapidly responding to a call concerning one of Namibia’s “laughing” residents. This time it wasn’t a leopard taking centre stage, but a hyena. Having spotted (no pun intended) a hyena on his property, a local farmer made the decision to call upon the carnivore conflict mitigation team. After capturing the spotted hyena in a baited, non-lethal box-trap, they stepped in, fitting the young male, aged approximately 3 years and weighing in at 47kg, with a GPS collar and released him back on the farmer’s land.

 

Nicola Phillips Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.jpg

The collar now transmits precise GPS locations on a regular schedule, that are shared with the farmer each day, the hyena’s behavioural patterns and range of movements are no longer a mystery and enables the team to gather evidence on the potential culpability of this hyena in any future livestock losses.

 

After all, the unnecessary persecution of hyenas is no laughing matter!

At this project, human-wildlife conflict is researched and subsequently tackled as intensively as possible. The scientific data from the GPS collaring of wild carnivores, provides a platform to systematically address the complex facets of conflict and mitigate the peaceful co-existence between man and wild, that is inherently possible. This innovative project has seen countless predators retain their freedom in the wild where they rightly belong.


Hyena Namibia Project Conservation.png


No Laughing Matter | Hyenas in South Africa

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