Striped Hyena Confirmed Breeding on Tumaren

Striped Hyena Confirmed Breeding on Tumaren

Not less than a month after our first observation of this species we have confirmed breeding within Tumaren. The pups were slightly nervous of the camera at first but within two hours they were relaxed – relaxed enough to chew through the camera’s strap then toss it around for an hour or so exposing some […]

Wildcat – The Original Meow

Wildcat – The Original Meow

A week ago a lion killed a zebra near camp. When the rangers found the carcass the next day they positioned the camera trap on the carcass to see if the lions returned. The big cats, nervous of people around here, did not return but as luck would have it a smaller version walked by. […]

Striped Hyena Caught on Film

Striped Hyena Caught on Film

Gabriel our head of security has managed to get pictures of one of our elusive Striped Hyenas. An Oryx was found dead several days before these images were taken, using the carcass as bait. The Oryx had sustained bad injuries in a past fight with another male oryx (you might remember that we found another […]

Big Thanks To Wim from Tumaren and the AArdwolves

Big Thanks To Wim from Tumaren and the AArdwolves

Wim, Many Sante Sanas for your contribution to our conservation work. I will need now to get that aardwolf pic as a sufficient thank you. In the meantime the Hyena Appreciation Society has some more members and with an Aardwolf picture well surely get some more. Hope your well, James

New Large Mammal Recorded at Tumaren

New Large Mammal Recorded at Tumaren

Just when we thought there were likely no more large mammals to be discovered on tumaren, one shows up. Last night on a night game drive we had a very good look at a Striped Hyena. These guys are nocturnal hyenas like the aardwolf which we have recorded at tumaren on many occasions.

Leopard Caught in Camera Trap

Leopard Caught in Camera Trap

Yesterday while walking with some safari clients a Leopard was spotted bounding up a ridge opposite us. We descended into the ravine between to examine what his tracks might tell us. Between the tracks his feet left there was the distinct marks of something being dragged. The marks once they hit thick grass were difficult […]

Baboon Spider Revealed

Baboon Spider Revealed

You normally only see Baboon Spiders out of their underground funnels when there is rain (or I suppose possibly when breeding). This particular specimen was coaxed from his home with a blade of grass a trick perfected by most young boys in these parts. Baboon Spiders are quite harmless but they will give you a […]

Monster Centipede

Monster Centipede

This centipede was found this morning under one of our tent floors. These centipedes evidently give a serious sting and one of my guys said that they can kill a camel (but are only very painful to humans). I don’t know from where the venom comes from. This particular centipede has rather formidable grabbers at […]

Honey Badger or Ratel

Honey Badger or Ratel

You can use either name. We use Honey-badger around here. Kerry’s 5 traditional bee hives were completely destroyed a few weeks back and all our guys said it was the honey badger and yet we never see him. Then came the camera trap. While it is not a great picture and we will be working […]

Bat-ears Say Thanks to Theresa

Bat-ears Say Thanks to Theresa

So does everyone here at Tumaren – thanks that is , to Theresa for her generous contribution to conservation in our area. Every contribution means a great deal to us and particularly to the local rangers who we employ to patrol the adjacent community land for poaching. We have not found another snare in months […]