Bat Identification Help Wanted

We had these nice big bats coming to the stream beside our camp in the Mathews Range. While the photos are rather blurred i thought that a bat person could at least make a sound suggestion as to what species we might have here.  Thanks for your help.

Cheers, James

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Baby Aardvark Rescue

This baby Aardvark was found during one of our camel safaris on Aug. 28th. This morning I took him to the vet for an x-ray after sleeping with him in the same bed. He has a broken leg and rib. The leg surgery on Thursday will be long says Dieter Rottcher the leading wildlife vet here. We just hope he will make it till thurs….

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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 rather artful images seen below. when the camera was located this morning it was covered in dust and had been dragged half way into the den. Luckily they did not bring it all the way in as crawling into a Striped Hyena den to retrieve a camera does not seem like a very fun time.

The Ranger, Parm set this camera. Congratulations Parm!

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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 large male Oryx dead several months ago). This Oryx looks like he had survived for several months with his wounds which included two puncture wounds to his underside and a broken leg. Gabriel and his guards found the dead oryx in a little ditch where it appeared he had slipped and then was unable to get up.
Gabriel set up the camera on the carcass the first night and caught this fleeting glimpse of a Striped Hyena, a species we observed only for the first time a month ago.

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Wim are you seeing this!!! cheers, jc

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Wildcats Like Wildfire

In the past 2 weeks we have had 4 sightings of wildcats. Wildcats are the original tabby cat – the species that people first domesticated and bred into all the forms we now find in the domestic pussy cat. We are having a huge boom in the rat population and it appears that the wildcats are reaping the benefits. We also had a caracal on a night drive about two weeks ago.
cheers, james

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