2018-10 LH files

The October Life History files have been uploaded.

  • Baobab are no longer… With Hippie (VBBF142) the last remaining female passed away mid October, bringing the history of this once so successful group to a sad end. Unfortunately, also Egg, dominant female of Van Helsing, is showing signs of decline – hopefully not following Baobab’s path.
  • Make-a-Plan have a new dominant male, Le Grand Obstacle (VVHM103) who immigrated with 3 VH males. Run Amuk’s dominant female Eedward (VJXF097) disappeared over night, so Bean (VRUF001) is now dominant.
  • With the start of the rainy season come the roving trips: A group of 6 Lazuli males crossed the entire reserve to find other females.

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2018-09 September LH Files

The September Life History files have been uploaded.

  • Baobab are down to 3 individuals suffering from TB; I fear October will mark the end of this once so successful group… Van Helsing, who also have some individuals with TB symptoms, experienced 13 group splits this month – with subordinate Goblin (VVHF100) leading the healthier part of the group.
  • LLCoolJ is now dominant at Little Creatures; his long-term companion Jazzy Jeff keeps roving – but couldn’t join a new group (yet).
  • Whiskers’ Swift had a litter at the end of September – just after dominant male Brea turned 9 years old!
  • Several of the habituation groups make good progress, with more individuals hopping on the scales or coming near the researchers.
  • The nights are still very cold (down to -7°C/19.4°F – when only two groups got up in the morning).

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2018-08 August LH Files

The August Life History files have been uploaded.

The project has seen a few changes in male dominance, in August: Long-term dominant males Kuçuk at Van Helsing and Pi at Make-a-Plan were both found dead at the end of the month – Kuçuk from TB and Pi from predation. On a lighter note, LL Cool J (recently subordinate at Jaxx) has moved to Little Creatures, there probably filling the dominant male position.
Other than that, the Kalahari is waiting for a hopefully good rainy Summer season even though nights in August have still been exceptionally cold.

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2018-07 July LH files

The July Life History files have been uploaded.

Bad news from several groups:
  • Baobab is suffering badly from TB – most animals show signs now.
  • Unfortunately, also Van Helsing have a few individuals with TB symptoms.
  • Gold Diggers’ only collared individual was predated, so the group is currently being tracked again.
Good news are that there were 5 successful births with surviving litters – uncommon for July, but similar to 2016 when late rains after a too dry rainy season led to a late breeding season.

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