Nocturnal mammal monitoring – Read more here

The nocturnal mammals are the ones we know little about! They are very secretive and hard to see and unfortunately many of them are endangered or threatened. These rarer species are particularly popular for use by sangomas who are witch doctors creating muti (medicine) for sale to the public. They believe these rare and special creatures to have strong powers when chopped up and added to a medicine having effects from being an aphrodisiac to warding off evil spirits.

Askari is trying to work in conjunction with local communities to educate people and offer an alternative to selling these animals to the witch doctor by offering to collect them and then release them on Pidwa. Before doing this however we need to assess what is already here. We need to know if certain species exist and survive here before any re-locations take place.

Project aims:

To monitor the presence of nocturnal mammals on Pidwa and where possible to gain an insight into their habits and distribution.

What’s being done?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Nocturnal monitoring drives are carried out on a monthly basis and data collected. Species of particular interest include, African wildcat, pangolin, serval, caracal, leopard, spotted hyena, aardvark, porcupine and civet to name a few.

The role of volunteers:

Volunteers join nocturnal monitoring drives and collect data.

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