The Serval Conservation Project

The Serval Conservation Project

Photo cred: N. Britz (c)

The serval, Leptailurus serval, is a medium-sized African wild cat. During the hunting era on the reserve, the first confirmed serval was a photograph of one shot by a hunter. Its presence on Erindi was a surprise, as the reserve isn’t within the known distribution range of this animal. In early 2008, the Global Leopard Project at Erindi found the remains of a serval that had been killed and eaten by a leopard, and as game drives went out more regularly, sightings were reported more often.

In late 2011 the first sub-adult male serval was captured in a box trap. Anesthetized with a syringe through a hole in the crate to ensure minimal stress (the same method as with the honey badgers), the immobilized serval was carefully and quickly weighed and measured, then fitted with a VHF tracking collar and released where he had been captured. The young male was found to move in a fairly small area of about 3 000 ha.

Fences did not hinder him, and he was located on both sides of the Erindi perimeter fence – good news for the genetic diversity of the species in the area, as they are clearly able to move around freely to breed. Around the same time, a nearby hunting farm managed to capture a male serval in a cage trap and they brought the animal to Erindi for a VHF tracking collar and relocation to ensure his best chances of survival. Serval sightings have since become more regular, not only on Erindi but in the surrounding area.

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  • It has been an absolute pleasure hosting @donalboyd and @jarredseng for their photography workshop. They have experienced tumultuous African weather and witnessed first-hand the daily challenges involved in conserving nature. We thank you for bringing this to life through the lens. We look forward to our next reunion! 💚 Repost: @donalboyd - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photography #workshop #photographers #elephant #big5 #elephants #conservation #awareness #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "It has been an absolute pleasure hosting @donalboyd and @jarredseng for their photography workshop. They have experienced tumultuous African weather and witnessed first-hand the daily challenges involved in conserving nature. We thank you for bringing this to life through the lens. We look forward to our next reunion! 💚

Repost: @donalboyd
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  • Honey is our showstopper. She spends her time sleeping in trees or dragging her prey up to be eaten in trees. It’s a cats life @erindinamibia 😺🍖🌳 📷 Repost: @elle_pickerill - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photography #workshop #photographers #leopards #big5 #leopardlove #bigcats #conservation #awareness #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Honey is our showstopper. She spends her time sleeping in trees or dragging her prey up to be eaten in trees. It’s a cats life @erindinamibia 😺🍖🌳 📷 Repost: @elle_pickerill
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  • The photography workshop crew are all in formation. We had a brilliant time hosting these creative geniuses @erindinamibia 📷👏 Repost: @lifeintransitblog - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photography #workshop #photographers #conservation #awareness #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "The photography workshop crew are all in formation. We had a brilliant time hosting these creative geniuses @erindinamibia 📷👏
Repost: @lifeintransitblog
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photography #workshop #photographers #conservation #awareness #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Life got you seeing double? 👀Don’t stress, it's Wednesday, and that means we are halfway through the week!🙌 Repost 📷: @joyceong1 - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #workshop #photographers #conservation #awareness #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #giraffe #giraffes #giraffelove #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Life got you seeing double? 👀Don’t stress, it's Wednesday, and that means we are halfway through the week!🙌
Repost 📷: @joyceong1
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  • This zebra is alone with his thoughts in the foliage. We love the mood captured by one of the photography students during the workshop hosted @erindinamibia Repost: 📷@shalamah.tautaiolefue - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #workshop #photographers #class #zebra #bush #plainsgame #conservation #awareness #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "This zebra is alone with his thoughts in the foliage. We love the mood captured by one of the photography students during the workshop hosted @erindinamibia
Repost: 📷@shalamah.tautaiolefue
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #workshop #photographers #class #zebra #bush #plainsgame #conservation #awareness #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica"
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  • Starry, starry night under the dramatic Namibian sky. This exceptionally talented class participating in the photography workshop @erindinamibia stops to enjoy the sights above them. 🌌✨ 📷 Repost: @jarredseng - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #workshop #photographers #class #nightsky #galaxy #stars #conservation #awareness #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "Starry, starry night under the dramatic Namibian sky. This exceptionally talented class participating in the photography workshop @erindinamibia stops to enjoy the sights above them. 🌌✨
📷 Repost: @jarredseng
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #workshop #photographers #class #nightsky #galaxy #stars #conservation #awareness #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica"
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  • Update on fieldwork @erindinamibia, the @ccfcheetah team checks on the health of each individual regularly and administers any vaccinations necessary. Repost: 📷H.B. Ryan - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #catsofinstagram #bigcats #cheetah #cheetahwalk #safari #wilderness #conservation #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "Update on fieldwork @erindinamibia, the @ccfcheetah team checks on the health of each individual regularly and administers any vaccinations necessary. 
Repost: 📷H.B. Ryan
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #catsofinstagram #bigcats #cheetah #cheetahwalk #safari #wilderness #conservation #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica"
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  • Vibrant and confident, the Cape Glossy Starling surveys the tree canopy for succulent nectar and foliage. 🌸🌿🐦 Repost: 📷Anton Welman - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #capeglossy #starlings #birdlovers #birdworld #birdwatching #photography #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "Vibrant and confident, the Cape Glossy Starling surveys the tree canopy for succulent nectar and foliage. 🌸🌿🐦
Repost: 📷Anton Welman
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #capeglossy #starlings #birdlovers #birdworld #birdwatching #photography #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica"
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  • According to the @wwf, the African wild dog is one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in the world. Sightings are incredibly rare. But thanks to the wild dog conservation programme @erindinamibia, you will see many of these beautiful canines running around. 🐾💕 Repost: 📷V&K Ross-Jones (c) - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #wilddogs #wilddog #canine #conservation #awareness #photography #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "According to the @wwf, the African wild dog is one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in the world. Sightings are incredibly rare. But thanks to the wild dog conservation programme @erindinamibia, you will see many of these beautiful canines running around. 🐾💕
Repost: 📷V&K Ross-Jones (c)
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #wilddogs #wilddog #canine #conservation #awareness #photography #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica"
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  • This is a look of satisfaction, a meal that is well deserved. Erindi works closely with @ccfcheetah to rehabilitate cheetahs captured on surrounding farms and reintroduce them back into the reserve. 😻 Repost @donalboyd - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #cheetah #cheetahwalk #safari #wilderness #conservation #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "This is a look of satisfaction, a meal that is well deserved. Erindi works closely with @ccfcheetah to rehabilitate cheetahs captured on surrounding farms and reintroduce them back into the reserve. 😻
Repost @donalboyd
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #cheetah #cheetahwalk #safari #wilderness #conservation #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica"
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  • An elephant symbolizes good luck, wisdom, and serenity. We will continue to do all that we can to conserve these incredible giants. ❤🐘 Repost 📷 @francois_227 #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #moody #elephant #safari #big5 #wilderness #wildafrica #canon #natgeo #natgeotravel #animals #conservation #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "An elephant symbolizes good luck, wisdom, and serenity. We will continue to do all that we can to conserve these incredible giants. ❤🐘
Repost 📷 @francois_227
#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #gamedrive #photography #moody #elephant #safari #big5 #wilderness #wildafrica #canon #natgeo #natgeotravel #animals #conservation
#picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica"
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  • The king of the jungle playfully shows off a golden pose for his fans ☀️🦁 Repost 📷 @donalboyd - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #big5 #bigcats #catworld #catlovers #discover #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #africa #liveauthentic #passionpassport #natgeotravel #earthpix #welivetoexplore #wildlifefriend #visualsoflife #instagood #naturegeography #lionking

    erindinamibia: "The king of the jungle playfully shows off a golden pose for his fans ☀️🦁
Repost 📷 @donalboyd
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #big5 #bigcats #catworld #catlovers #discover #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #africa #liveauthentic #passionpassport #natgeotravel #earthpix #welivetoexplore #wildlifefriend #visualsoflife #instagood #naturegeography #lionking"
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  • Feel like you’re on the edge of the world @erindinamibia. The sights will leave you breathless. 🌄 Repost 📷 @wanderglider - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #view #beauty #sunset #dusk #horizon #natureviewing #gamedrive #landscape #outsideisfree #africansafari #discover #wanderlust #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "Feel like you’re on the edge of the world @erindinamibia. The sights will leave you breathless. 🌄
Repost 📷 @wanderglider
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  • Why search the world for beauty when we have it right here at Erindi. This lion is: Beautiful. Prachtig. Hermosa. Magnifique. Schön. Bello. 🦁 Repost 📷 @francois_227 - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #beauty #beautiful #international #language #big5 #bigcats #catworld #catlovers #discover #view #sunshine #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "Why search the world for beauty when we have it right here at Erindi. This lion is: Beautiful. Prachtig. Hermosa. Magnifique. Schön. Bello. 🦁
Repost 📷 @francois_227
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #beauty #beautiful #international #language #big5 #bigcats #catworld #catlovers #discover #view #sunshine #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel #thisisafrica"
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  • “An illuminated eye peers through tall grass. The pensive Cheetah assesses her surroundings @erindinamibia” 👁 Repost 📷 @donalboyd - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #cheetah #bigcat #catworld #catlovers #discover #view #sunshine #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "“An illuminated eye peers through tall grass. The pensive Cheetah assesses her surroundings @erindinamibia” 👁
Repost 📷 @donalboyd
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #cheetah #bigcat #catworld #catlovers #discover #view #sunshine #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel #thisisafrica"
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  • The sun beats down at midday on an unusual congregation of big ones and little ones. 🐘🐗 📷Photo cred: @Maxime Barthelmé - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #nature #elephant #warthog #gamedrive #discover #view #sunshine #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel #thisisafrica

    erindinamibia: "The sun beats down at midday on an unusual congregation of big ones and little ones. 🐘🐗
📷Photo cred: @Maxime Barthelmé
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #nature #elephant #warthog #gamedrive #discover #view #sunshine #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel #thisisafrica"
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  • Lunch in the wild is no easy feat. It requires precision and patience, which is two qualities the cheetah certainly has. 🍽🐱 Photo cred: @fnventer - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #mealtime #outdoors #nature #discover #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel #wild #animalkingdom

    erindinamibia: "Lunch in the wild is no easy feat. It requires precision and patience, which is two qualities the cheetah certainly has. 🍽🐱
Photo cred: @fnventer
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #mealtime #outdoors #nature #discover #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel #wild #animalkingdom"
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  • Come see Fifty Stripes Darker in Namibia 😉 📷 Photo cred: @donalboyd #regram - - - - #erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #nature #zebra #stripes #discover #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel

    erindinamibia: "Come see Fifty Stripes Darker in Namibia 😉 📷 Photo cred:  @donalboyd #regram
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#erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #nature #zebra #stripes #discover #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel"
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  • A beautiful skyline for a beautiful giant 🐘 📷Photo cred: @heidicloete - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #nature #elephant #gamedrive #discover #view #sunset #dusk #horizon #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel

    erindinamibia: "A beautiful skyline for a beautiful giant 🐘
📷Photo cred: @heidicloete
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #nature #elephant #gamedrive #discover #view #sunset #dusk #horizon #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel"
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  • Enjoy a cup of coffee from your private suite as the dawn breaks over the horizon and the sounds of nature start to stir. 🌄☕️ 📷Photo cred: @heidicloete - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #nature #discover #view #sunrise #dawn #horizon #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel

    erindinamibia: "Enjoy a cup of coffee from your private suite as the dawn breaks over the horizon and the sounds of nature start to stir. 🌄☕️
📷Photo cred: @heidicloete
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #outdoors #nature #discover #view #sunrise #dawn #horizon #luxuryliving #picoftheday #safari #goexplore #travelgram #namibia #africa #natgeowild #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #natgeotravel"
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