Shamwari Conservation Experience – Coordinator Update, March ’12

It’s that time of the month again when I get to tell you all about the interesting and fun things that we and the students have been getting up to at Shamwari Conservation Experience.

We started the month of with the most amazing hike along the Sacremento trail which runs along the most beautiful sea front stretch in Port Elizabeth. Because of the spring high tide allot of rubbish from the ocean had been washed up onto the beach ,so we spent half a day walking along the beach picking up rubbish as we went, the weather was amazing and it gave our volunteers a chance  to appreciate out magnificent coast line.

The wild life centre is in the process of moving one of our breeding herds of buffalo from one breeding camp to another. This is a process that takes a while because the animals start to realise what is going on and tend to hide from us, but luckily we were able to outwit them and managed to dart 3 buffalo from the herd and will continue to try and dart the rest in the weeks to come.

Our big cat monitoring has been a great success this month with all our big cats giving us the most amassing sightings. We have had the privilege of spending time with a coalition of cheetah males and Sandile, our female leopard, has also been showing herself for us to update our monitoring data which has been really exiting

To keep you posted on what’s happening with our community projects at Shamwari Conservation Experience is that we have built a sand pit at the crèche which the kids are going to really enjoy. The paint has been purchased, thanks to a donation from Merist wood, and we will be painting the school soon. The students will each be given a wall and it will be up to them to be creative on there “canvas”. Look out for the pics next month.

There will more game capture in the next month so I will keep you posted on what’s happening. Some exciting times to come on the Shamwari Conservation Experience programme.

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