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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    erindinamibia: "We are so busy looking at what's on the ground, that we often forget to look up. High in the trees is where the elusive leopard will be. 🌳🐆
Photo: @missrehkitz
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  • This lioness has worked hard to claim her meal, and by the looks of it, she is not sharing with anyone 😆🍴 📷Photo: @francois_227 - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lioness #big5 #zebra #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "This lioness has worked hard to claim her meal, and by the looks of it, she is not sharing with anyone 😆🍴
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    erindinamibia: "Just like this young Kudu bull, we’re feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed this Monday morning. 👀🌻
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    erindinamibia: "If I hide behind this branch, you can’t see me. 🐘🤣
📷 Repost: @jeremyconte
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Repost: @kyle.barney
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  • Capture the perfect shot and take home the magic from the Old Traders viewing deck. 📷🌄 Photo: @apollonleseconde - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photography #safari #crocodile #Africa #travel #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

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    erindinamibia: "Cats don’t usually enjoy water, but there is something incredibly calming about a cheetah standing in a field of flowers in the pouring rain 😻🌼
Photo: @kaiphotographer
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #bigcats #rain #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Don’t be fooled, this is nowhere near as scary as a snake. This is simply a giant African millipede showing off his moves with his 256 legs. 🐛 Photo 📷: @shalamah.tautaiolefue - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #millipede #anthropod #unusual #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Don’t be fooled, this is nowhere near as scary as a snake. This is simply a giant African millipede showing off his moves with his 256 legs. 🐛
Photo 📷: @shalamah.tautaiolefue
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #millipede #anthropod #unusual #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Only in the untamed wilderness of Africa can you experience such unreal sunsets such as this one captured at Sunset Vlei. 🌄 Photo: Paul Joubert - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sunset #mountain #dramatic #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Only in the untamed wilderness of Africa can you experience such unreal sunsets such as this one captured at Sunset Vlei. 🌄
Photo: Paul Joubert
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sunset #mountain #dramatic #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Erindi was rated by this young German visitor as “the best safari in my life and definitely a holiday recommendation for everyone!” 🌄💕 Photo: @sophieklex - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #review #recommendation #explore #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Erindi was rated by this young German visitor as “the best safari in my life and definitely a holiday recommendation for everyone!” 🌄💕
Photo: @sophieklex
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #review #recommendation #explore #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Having long, wobbly legs means hours of practice to get balance just right. But mom is bursting with pride anyway. 😋☀️ Photo: @maxime_barthelme_photography - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #baby #giraffe #photography #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Having long, wobbly legs means hours of practice to get balance just right. But mom is bursting with pride anyway. 😋☀️
Photo: @maxime_barthelme_photography
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #baby #giraffe #photography #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • You will never forget the moment you saw your first Elephant in Africa. You will feel humbled to be in their presence. To witness their enormity, wisdom, and protectiveness of their young is something truly special - we hope to conserve this for generations to come. 💕🐘 Photo: @shalamah.tautaiolefue - - - #erindi #erindinamibia #monday #elephant #big5 #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "You will never forget the moment you saw your first Elephant in Africa. You will feel humbled to be in their presence. To witness their enormity, wisdom, and protectiveness of their young is something truly special - we hope to conserve this for generations to come. 💕🐘
Photo: @shalamah.tautaiolefue
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#erindi #erindinamibia #monday #elephant #big5 #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Looking towards the weekend like yes, it's finally here ☀️🙌 Photo: @wanderglider - - - #erindi #erindinamibia #friday #weekend #travel #safari #sunset #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Looking towards the weekend like yes, it's finally here ☀️🙌
Photo: @wanderglider
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#erindi #erindinamibia #friday #weekend #travel #safari #sunset #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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