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© Yussef Rafik 2019

November 10, 2017

A new orangutan species (photo credit: Maxime Aliaga) has become the first great ape species discovered in over 90 years, but the sad reality is that it’s already the world’s most endangered ape.

The entire populations of fewer than 800 individuals, all live in the Bata...

June 30, 2017

Last week was my birthday and I was lucky enough to receive a HC-300A wildlife camera trap. It is an unbranded camera that is primarily used as a hunting trail cam, however it works just as well at capturing footage of wildlife for filmmaking. Due to the relatively low...

September 14, 2015

During my time in South Africa, I noticed that my animal tracking skills greatly improved. I am now able to confidently identify many different southern African animals using things like their spoor, scat and calls, as well as using clues from other animals, such as ba...

September 13, 2015

Today is our last full day in South Africa, and we spent the morning working on our projects. We then drove up to the pub at Thaba Tholo’s main entrance for lunch, collecting the camera traps that we set last week on the way. We stayed in there for a while afterwards w...

September 12, 2015

We headed out early this morning and walked down to the dam to collect some more data for our projects. We collected spoor and scat from the same three roads and game trails as yesterday. Because we used the feather duster to clear the tracks of any spoor yesterday, we...

September 11, 2015

It was another early morning start this morning, and went straight out into the bush to start our projects. We decided to do our first survey on the road leading away from the pan near the buffalo enclosure. We used a tape measure to mark out the first 50m from it, and...

September 10, 2015

We left camp at about 6:30 this morning and headed to the onsite scientific services centre, where Chenay gave us a talk about GIS and remote sensing in Kruger National Park. The system uses spatial data, which is data that has a location and can be pinpointed on a map...

September 9, 2015

We left Oliphant’s camp at about 6am again this morning, and spent the whole day driving to our next, and final, camp. We had a lot of distance to cover today so we drove faster than yesterday and didn’t see as much. We did, however, still see a fair bit. One really am...

September 8, 2015

We left the comfort of Letaba camp at about 6am and spent the whole day driving to our next camp for tonight. We had plenty of time though, so drove slowly and saw even more incredible creatures. I've been keeping a complete list of all species I've seen so far, which...