Boom in the Bushveld
(and now the grasslands too)
new groups, aviaries, partners and more
A new group has been established in the Limpopo Province as part of the 'bush-school' framework, and is the testing ground for methods to anchor these new groups into the massive safe areas (where we have mitigated for all known threats prior to release) chosen for them , in this case for more than 45 000 ha. Once they have established their territory they are unlikely to wander but the challenge comes with trying to help them establish their territory in safe areas. Other methods we are testing are supplementary feed, decals to simulate neighbours and vocalisation call backs, in addition to constantly striving to better our understanding of what is critical versus preferred habitat.
our new mobile soft-release aviary will now drastically reduce the costs of each subsequent release: predator-proof, safe and large enough to ensure maximum fitness at release....
Initial DNA sampling has come to a close, and once the last samples from museums and zoos abroad come in we can begin analysis. How healthy are they? How strong is their genetic diversity in the face of such swift declines? What will this mean for management of captive breeding and reintroduction programmes?
Thank you to everyone who supported our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for building the new hand-rearing facility. We, through this, and several successful small grant proposals have managed to raise about 75% of what we need for the first phase - the most important part. We need to get this up and running by the next breeding season to ensure we can start producing release quality birds at a scale that will be meaningful for population recovery. If anyone has contacts who would be willing to assist with in-kind support of building materials we would be very grateful. If you would like to contribute, in any small way, please drop us a line: email@example.com