Student blog update – 4 July 2013

Students with the anti poaching unit

Here’s an update of what the student’s have been up to in the last week:

GROUP A

Wednesday

Morning: Vet work with cattle in the rural area Acornhoek assisting the final year vet students of Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute.

Afternoon:  Town trip followed by a staff braai.

Thursday

Visit to the Khamai Reptile Centre, and in the afternoon offloaded the meat truck.

Friday

Fed all the carnivores and did a postmortem on a warthog.

Chloe & Carrie on the Elephant Back Safari

Saturday

We went to the adventure centre in Hazyview for some white water tubing – known as ‘geckoing’.

Sunday

Full day trip to the Kruger National Park

Off loading meat truck

Monday

Feeding day

Tuesday

We went to the Pro Track anti poaching unit , and in the afternoon we took Sheila (a cheetah) to Provet for a check up.

Wednesday

Darted and transported two buffalo from Kapama Game Reserve, and assisted in giving injections.

Pro track educating the students

GROUP B

Wednesday

We went to the rural area to examine and treat cattle and dogs of the local farmers.

Thursday

Went to the Khamai Reptile Centre where we learned about the different types of snakes and lizards. They also gave us a demonstration on snake handling. The group also got the opportunity to feed a chameleon. In the afternoon we got very dirty by offloading the meat truck.

Sabrina and Ana on ‘Bubi’ at Camp Jabulani

Friday

Our group fed the antelope and small animals, and in the afternoon we did a postmortem on a warthog. Afterwards we played with Bubbles, the baby serval.

Bubbles the baby serval

Saturday
Some of the group members went ‘geckoing’ (white water tubing) down the Sabie Rivier, while others stayed and relaxed back at camp.
Sunday
We went to Kruger National Park and saw three of the big five, however we were lucky enough to spot a lot of bird species which helped a lot with our assignments.
Monday
Off to butchery at 6:00 to prepare the meat for the cheetahs, wild dogs and lions. Fed all the carnivores.

Tuesday

Visited the Pro Track anti poaching unit and learned how they protect the wildlife from snares and poachers. Well done guys, you’re doing a fantastic job! After town we took one of the cheetahs, Sheila, to Dr. Rogers, the vet for a check up.

Wednesday

Our group fed the carnivores at the Centre, while Group A were moving buffalo on Kapama.

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