Only 30 minutes from the Kruger National Park, Limpopo wildlife volunteers have the amazing opportunity to visit the untamed beauty of this large, diverse and beautiful reserve, rich in wildlife habitat, and where animals roam free.
And it’s baby boom time, for a number of the local animals there.
Life as a lion is tough, but these 2 little cubs, estimated to be around 8 weeks old, are doing well.
At this stage, it is a very risky time for the lion cubs, especially with the rival male ‘Kalahari junior’ in the area. They will most likely stay well hidden for a few more months to come, to get through this initial dangerous time.
Following the sad loss of a male sable last month, we are happy to report a baby boom for 2014! Since return from the Christmas holidays, 4 new sable calves have been seen and are now travelling with the herd. Later this week the vet will be in to move some of the young males out as they reach the age at which the dominant male doesn’t like them around anymore!
A new baby Elephant calf was born in December, to one of the 3 main herds on the reserve, and a number of sightings have been enjoyed.
Often elephants are very protective of new-born calves but during the couple of sightings we had, all the adults were very relaxed allowing us to enjoy fantastic views of the latest addition.
Baby season in the bush and a great sighting of 2 curious little jackal pups too!
Over the Christmas holidays a female cheetah and cub were seen on 2 different occasions. The cheetah mother was originally reported with 4 cubs but just one remains now, a little male around 10 months old. Here she is with an impala in her jaws, as she scared a herd of impala, straight into the mouth of the mother.
Wildlife Volunteer at Limpopo
All the roads of this Wilderness Reserve are dirt roads making it easy to check tracks and animal movements. There are wonderful views of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. The Selati River flows through the reserve and there are wonderful indigenous trees, making this a favourite haunt of lions and elephants.
The reserve runs breeding programmes of rare and endangered species including sable, reedbuck and nyala antelope.
Brown Hyaena, rescued from farmers’ traps have been introduced. Cheetah, eland, African wild cats, and tsessebe are among the different species also brought in.
Cheetah Metapopulation Project
The reserve also conducts research contributing to a huge variety of projects and monitoring both on the Game Reserve and beyond, such as the Cheetah Metapopulation project, which aims to develop a national metapopulation management plan for cheetahs in smaller, fenced reserves and is one of the key aspects is to ensure adequate gene flow among fragmented sub populations.
This project brings new challenges and developments each day and volunteers get involved hands-on in the monitoring and research of the wildlife and the natural environment at the reserve.
Volunteers will also have the unforgettable experience of sleeping out in the wild underneath the stars, making it a truly wilderness experience.
If you would like to join the wildlife volunteers at the Limpopo Wildlife Conservation project, please email Gemma@amanzitravel.co.uk at Amanzi Travel, or phone +44 (0)117 253 0888 for more information.
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