Capturing for scientific research

If all the conflict in the world could be wiped away, what a wonderful world this would be - conflict revolution to peaceful coexistence. To get an understanding of HWC (Human Wildlife Conflict) between farmers and predators, you have to learn from the masters themselves. Currently I am capturing and fitting GPS collars to Jackal and Caracal, enjoying the privilege to work with these amazing and highly intelligent predators. And in this process helping humans (farmers) to understand the chal...
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Sharing Mutual Interests

What an absolute honour and privilege it was to host Dr. Benjamin Allen en his family for a week on my farm in the Karoo. Dr Allen (Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow/Wildlife Research Australia) is working in Australia on Wildlife and especially on predators and predation management strategies. He is widely recognized for his expertise on dingos. The Dingo (Canis lupus dingo) in Australia, like the Black backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) in South Africa is accountable for most of the li...
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The Golden Jackal

The Golden Jackal During some of my research I read a very interesting article in a magazine explaining the origin of the Golden Jackal. Although not found in South Africa the relevance is fascinating and worthwhile sharing. The extracts and photos below is shared in the public domain and information was collected from the internet. It turns out that Africa’s Golden Jackal – also found in the Middle East, Asia and Europe – is actually a wolf in jackal’s clothing. After exhaustive DNA analyse...
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Wolf tracking in Yellowstone

USA Wolf tracking in Yellowstone Yellowstone USA, world renowned as the oldest national park in the USA. What a great opportunity and privilege this was for me to visit this beautiful place in Wyoming USA. The absolute beauty of this unspoiled and undisturbed piece of nature was breathtaking and probably the highlight of my tour to the USA. Working with predators for a immense part of my life, this opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park and to come face to face with the top predato...
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USA Researchers and Farmers

USA Researchers and Farmers During my resent visit to the USA I had the opportunity to visit different research centres, specialists, doctors, professors and of course farmers from different states and experiencing first-hand the conflict between humans and predators. After the trapping course in Indiana I boarded a plane to Western USA, the idea being that for this part of my journey I would travel between the states of Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming. Just before landing i...
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