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Bush eyes? How Game Rangers spot animals:

November 25th, 2009, posted in Educating You

Visitors to the bush know it takes a while before you start spotting wild animals through thick bush, in long grass or across the valley on the opposite hill.  Somehow spotting animals in the wild come naturally to game rangers and I can only think it’s because they must have Bush eyes!

Take this simple test for example: Look at picture 1 what do you see?  Now look at picture 2 and see if that was more difficult or not?



When I asked Pieter how he spots these animals at such a far distance he simply says,” …when it twitched its ear, my eye caught the movement and I looked more carefully.” or “Did you see that flick of a tail?” Ok, so the flick of the tail can be seen, because I saw it, but the twitch of an ear? I was looking in the same direction and I knew what I was looking for and still, I could not see it!!  He also said, “… that wasn’t a rock, a log or leaves, it ‘s an animal”.

Pieter finds small creatures like caterpillars and chameleons at night with ease so it’s not just the larger creatures!  I’m convinced he has a sixth sense when it comes to seeing things in the wild!

The following pictures were taken after the initial sighting, proving that patience can deliver!

leopard, Zululand

leopard, Zululand

leopard, AmaZulu Game Reserve

leopard, AmaZulu Game Reserve

young leopard sighting

young leopard sighting

Conservation Foundation History

October 23rd, 2009, posted in Educating You

The IUCN, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources was established in 1948
The IUCN is now sometimes called the World Conservation Union.
The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) was created in 1961.
CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora was created in 1975.
Although all 3 are independent of one another, their joint belief is in the WCS
World Conservation Strategy: (The guiding principle for modern wildlife management policies)

The 3 objectives of what the WCS described as ‘living resource conservation’ (sic) are:-

1. To maintain essential ecological processes and life support systems (such as soil regeneration and protection, the recycling of nutrients, and the cleansing of waters) on which human survival depend;
2. To preserve genetic diversity (the range of genetic material found in the world’s organisms) on which depend many of the above processes and life-support systems, the breeding programmes necessary for the protection and improvement of cultivated plants, domesticated animals and micro-organisms, as well as much scientific and medical advance, technical innovation, and the security of the many industries that use living resources; and
3. To ensure the sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems (notable fish and other wildlife, forests and grazing lands) which support millions of rural communities as well as major industries.

The WCS does not deal JUST with WILD renewable natural resources. It is concerned with the management of ALL renewable natural resources – both those that are domesticated or cultivated, AND those that are wild.