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BLOG May 13, 2016

Wildlife Relocation Success at Chipangali

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A few weeks ago we posted about how the team from the Chipangali Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre were involved in various wildlife capture & relocation missions- including the team trapping two serval cats who got on the wrong side of a local farmer by preying on his geese.

In this short podcast Chipangali manager Kevin takes you back to the initial call he got about the feisty geese-hunters.

The story took a few more turns – but be assured, it has a happy ending! Soon after catching the two serval cats, a civet was caught in one of the traps as well – Kevin had been right in his guess that there might be more at play than just the servals. And judging by this sheepish look, the civet had had his claws in the geese-culling as well. Civets are nocturnal and therefore rarely seen in the wild.

Both servals and the civet were kept at Chipangali for a few days for observation and were then taken to the nearby Matopos National Park for release. The servals didn’t hang about – they were a feisty pair and couldn’t wait to take off into the bush. Meanwhile, the civet was a bit more cautious. He ambled over to the dam, took a little drink and then slunk off into the green. Hopefully all three will thrive and find a safe new territory.

Chipangali are replacing the geese the farmer lost. This builds up goodwill with the local farming community and increases the likelihood of farmers calling Chipangali in future when they come into conflict with wildlife, rather than taking matters into their own hands, which all too often results in the wildlife being shot or poisoned.

Being a trusted point of contact for communities is one of the most important roles that wildlife rehabilitation centres play in reducing human-wildlife conflict.

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