The site may seem to have been a bit quiet these past 6 months but its not because we were not busy.
We have been helping out one of our fellow training providers running a 6 month overflow course for them. The course was a huge success with a full compliment of 8 students. This particular course offered not ony a level 1 qualification but also Trails Guide Back-up as well as rifle handling and tracking too.
The students all passed their level 1 and 7 of the 8 went on to complete their TG back-up theory qualification. 3 of the students managed to achieve their ARH Advanced Rifle Handling) status while 2 others managed their Basic level.
Almost all of them managed to attain their cyber-tracker track and sign standards, with one of them even getting as far as level 2. This is quite an achievement as tracking often entails many hours and months if not years of exposure and these guys were only afforded a few short days within the course to become acquainted with the signs left behind.
The reserve is experiencing a very dry season at the moment and the bush is taking quite a hammering from the large numbers of elephants that we see regularly passing by. There are 2-3 breeding herds which we are starting to recognise now and one of these herds has 30-40 animals in the herd, including lots of babies under 2 years old.
The large buffalo herd of over 200 animals put in an appearnace at the start of the year but just like last year has been absent for the past 2 months. I expect we will see them again once the next summer rains arrive. Lions and leopards are moving across the reserve regulalrly but the leopard remains ever-elusive.