From our losses to our latest additions, our successes and our failures! The work we do may seem extravagant and at times even heroic, however it all comes with a price. After a year such as 2016, we have to focus on how far we’ve come and how much we’ve all helped achieve for our Namibian carnivores. We need to focus on our future goals and our strategies to make an even greater difference for our endangered species in 2017!!!
This report gives you all you need to know about our Leopards, Cheetah, Wild Dogs and Hyaena in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Which cat or dog do you think was the most spotted in 2016?
Nkozi was the most sighted male leopard during the year with 255 sightings. Even though he was occasionally spotted in his former ranges in the eastern part of the reserve, it seems as though he has shifted his hunting grounds mainly into the central-western parts. We believe this could be the result of high competition by other males in the area, although he now has to deal with younger challengers in his new ranges as well. However, exploitation of new areas has the advantage of new mating opportunities and Nkozi was seen mating regularly with Lila as well as Isaskia throughout the year.
In September 2015 the “motorbikes” Harley, Aprilia, Ducati and Starsky were released into the Okonjima Nature Reserve after spending almost six years at the AfriCat Carnivore Care Center.
Harley, Aprilia and Ducati arrived as five month old orphans in 2009. Their mother had been shot, but the farmer felt pity for her three cubs and kept them in a chicken cage for four weeks. Starsky and his brother Hutch came into AfriCat’s care when they were three months old. Having shared the same fate, Starsky and Hutch were introduced to Harley, Aprilia and Ducati. About six months later, Hutch sadly died unexpectedly of natural causes.
After spending almost six years at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre, the Motorbikes were finally released and given their second chance in the wild on 16 September 2015. After several split ups during their first weeks of freedom, the motorbike gang finally reunited and managed to make their first kill. Two weeks later Harley and Starsky split from their sisters once again, moving towards the eastern fenceline where they ultimately settled down. Aprilia and Ducati moved westwards into the open plains before they eventually started moving towards their brothers. Ducati then joined up with the males, but Aprilia remained on her own.
After more than three weeks of solitude, Aprilia eventually joined up with her siblings, but left the group again two days later with her sister Ducati and since then the two groups went their separate ways.
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