Shamwari Conservation Experience

The Covid19 Blogs No 1

May 2019 was a month with a couple very special activities involving research projects and human/wildlife conflict.

According to studies, honeyguides (type of birds), are able to digest not only honey, but also beeswax and therefore provide this important role in opening up old beehives for new critters to move in.  However, we were wondering if there are other insects/birds or mammals that can do this as well?  For a couple of years we have been looking at our bird and bee box project on a very small scale. We extended the project with 16 more boxes in May last year and have sadly had to take some of the boxes down as we have been unable to complete the results.  We are looking for ways to re-invent this project in the future  Fingers crossed!

May 2019 was exciting too when one of our cheeky sub-adult elephant bulls  was breaking into lodges!  He could not resist the temptation for a fresh aloe feast.  Our team of volunteers cut up chillis and mixed them with old engine oil to paint the fences around the lodges.  Elephants will avoid areas that smell like chilli - they do not like it.  Simple and effective elephant control - as long as the volunteers didn't rub their eyes while painting the chilli mixture.   

Watch this space as we remember more special moments from a year ago.

Until then, "uhambe kakuhle", which means "go well" in the local Xhosa language.

Observing with a birds eye view.  We look forward to doing this again.

Observing with a birds eye view.                                 We look forward to these times again!

 
Monitoring the boxes in our gardens.

Monitoring the boxes in our gardens.

Chilli and old engine oil on fences keeps elephants away from lodges!

Chilli and old engine oil on fences keeps elephants away from lodges!