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Lion Capture and Relocation

Photo essay, preparing to transport seven sub adult lions to their new home on a newly established reserve in Limpopo. (Click on the pics for high res!)

Photos by: Brianna Hackler (Student volunteer from Savanna College of Art & Design, USA)

Impala Bait: Glen and Francois preparing the Impala bait to attract the lions to the tranquiliser darts.Impala Bait: Glen and Francois preparing the Impala bait to attract the lions to the tranquiliser darts. Tranquiliser gun and darts: The bait, securely tied to a tree, has been put in place and the darts are prepared. Three dart rifles are allocated to the Vet, Brian Jones of Moholoholo and to the Glen so that the entire group can be darted as quickly as possible. Tranquiliser gun and darts: The bait, securely tied to a tree, has been put in place and the darts are prepared. Three dart rifles are allocated to the Vet, Brian Jones of Moholoholo and to the Glen so that the entire group can be darted as quickly as possible. The first!: Once all the preparationThe first! Once all the preparation is complete and the "marksmen" in place a tape recording of a buffalo in distress is played over the speakers. Not long before the first of the group comes running in, attracted by the prospect of easy prey.

 

Not long: and the restNot long: and the rest of the pride group move in on the bait. Hunger and the prospect of meat "on tap" relaxes the pride as they start to feed off the impala. The darts are fired: by the three marksmenThe darts are fired by the three marksmen in rapid succession and the tranquiliser starts to take effect without the lions being stressed. All seven lion were darted within seconds of each other - a perfect result.They continue to feed as the drug takes effect. A dart with a red flight can be seen in the photograph. Sleepy time: The tranquiliser has taken effectSleepy time: The tranquiliser has taken effect and all the lion are neatly sprawled around the bait ready fo processing. Each lion is identified with a number sprayed on its rump, blood tests taken, a patch of hair shaved from its hindquarter and a test applied to determine whether the lions are carrying Bovine TB or not. Soft kitty: Warm kitty, little ball of fur Happy kitty, Sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr

 

Traci and her studentsTraci and her students from as far afield as France and the USA help to transport the sleeping lions on their stretchers to their transport boxes where they will be given the antidote to waken them up for the journey to Moholoholo and from there on to their new home on a newly established reserve in Limpopo.

 

 

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