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South Africa - Thanda and Tembe

August 31st to September 27th 2010

This was a conservation trip with Wildlife ACT.  My contribution was based in the Thanda and Tembe Wild Life Reserves.  The monitoring programme in Thanda was focused mainly on African Wild Dog, Rhino, Cheetah and Spotted Hyena.  In Tembe Elephant Park, a Government Managed Reserve, the emphasis is primarily on Lions, Elephant and hopefully in the future on Wild Dogs. 


For the original Flikr page please link to Thanda and Tembe Wild Life Reserves



If you wish to visit the Tembe Elephant Park first please click                             HERE






Thanda Reserve

Here are some photos which I hope will give some idea of what it is like working as a volunteer on the reserve.  A more detailed record of the birds and animals seen appears at the end.


Around Thanda Research Camp





Views around the Reserve














Cutting up a Warthog for

use in a trap to enable the

collaring of an Hyena

Cheetah capture to

remove collar


Rob using Telemetry






Tagging a White Rhino

After the darting



Tagging the ear to aid



Drilling a hole for a

transponder as an

aid against poaching.


Removing a collar from a Cheetah

Two brothers Phil and Rusty


Rusty follows

Phil with his collar


Phil darted but not down.



Removing Phil's collar



Rusty very confused




Note: non retracking claws


Phil recovering



Phil still sedated



Phil feeling better


Still needing a rest





Wild Life seen

These are just a few of the hundreds of photos taken of the animals of the reserve. 


African Elephant














Banded Mongoose

Black-backed Jackal

Blue Wildebeest
















Burchell's Zebra








Bush Pig















Common Duiker

Common Waterbuck









Greater Kudu
















Indigenous Mouse
























Red Nyala









Red Duiker
















Scrub Hare

Southern Reedbuck  (photos of a Reedbuck can be seen in Tembe Elephant Park.html)

Southern Giraffe




















Spotted Hyena








Thick-tailed Bushbaby

Vervet Monkey






















White Rhino 


























Wild Dog




















Total 29


Birds (listed from the Thanda Bird List)

Babbler, Arrow-marked








Barbet, Acacia Pied (Pied Barbet)








Barbet, Black-Collared














Barbet, Crested








Barbet, Red-fronted Tinkerbird

Batis, Chinspot








Bee-eater, Little








Boubou, Southern
















Bulbul, Dark-capped (Black-eyed Bulbul)








Bulbul, Sombre Greenbul (Sombre Bulbul)








Bunting, Golden-breasted








Bustard, Black-Bellied (Black-Bellied Korhaan)

Buzzard, Lizard
Canary, Brimstone (Bully Canary)








Canary, Yellow-fronted (Yellow-eyed Canary)








Chat, White-browed Robin-chat (Heuglin's Robin)

Coucal, Burchell's








Crombec, Long-billed
Crow, Pied








Dove, Cape Turtle-dove








Dove, Emerald-spotted Wood-dove








Dove, Red-eyed








Drongo, Fork-tailed








Drongo, Square-tailed
Eagle, Bateleur








Eagle, Martial
Eagle, Wahlberg's








Egret, Cattle

Firefinch, African (Blue-billed firefinch)








Firefinch, Jamieson's








Fiscal, Common (Fiscal Shrike)








Flycatcher, African Paradise








Flycatcher, Fiscal
Flycatcher, Southern Black (Black Flycatcher)








Francolin, Crested








Goose, Egyptian








Goshawk, Little Banded Goshawk or Shikra
Guineafowl, Crested








Guineafowl, Helmeted








Gymnogene or African Harrier-hawk








Hoopoe, African








Hornbill, Southern Yellow Billed








Ibis, Hadeda








Kingfisher, Brown-hooded Kingfisher








Kite, Yellow-billed








Lapwing, Crowned (Crowned Plover)








Lark, Flappet
Longclaw, Yellow-throated Longclaw








Lourie, Purple-crested Turaco














Melba Finch or Green-winged Pytilia








Mousebird, Red-faced









Mousebird, Speckled








Myna, Common (Indian Myna)
Nicator, Eastern (Yellow-spotted Nicator)
Nightjar, Fiery-necked
Owl, Spotted Eagle-owl
Oxpecker, Red-billed








Pigeon, African Green
Plover, Three-banded








Quail, Common
Quelea, Red-billed
Robin, White-browed Scrub-robin








Robin-chat, White-throated








Robin, White-starred








Shrike, Gorgeous Bush-shrike
Sparrow, House








Sparrow, Southern Grey-headed








Starling, Cape Glossy (Glossy Starling)








Stork, Wolly-necked








Sunbird, Collared








Sunbird, Marico
Sunbird, Scarlet-chested








Sunbird, White-bellied








Swallow, Lesser Striped








Tchagra, Brown-crowned (Three-streaked)
Thrush, Groundscraper









Thrush, Kurrichane








Vulture, White-backed








Vulture, Lappet-faced








Waxbill, Blue Waxbill








Waxbill, Common








Weaver, Spectacled
Weaver, Village (Spotted-backed Weaver)








White-eye, Cape








Whydah, Pin-tailed
Woodhoopoe, Scimitarbill (Common)








Woodpecker, Bearded








Woodpecker, Cardinal

















Other Wildlife

Fever Tree






Candelabra Tree


Fever Trees




Swallow-tail Butterfly


Water Monitor Lizard





If you wish to visit the Tembe Elephant Park please click                             HERE

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