September 2014: John Power confirms that a leopard, later named Brandy, was caught in a snare in the Magaliesberg. Dr Paul Bartels, a WESSA NAR member, helps with the capture and the urgent treatment Brandy needed. Brandy was airlifted to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital’s helipad, where Johannesburg Zoo veterinary personnel collected her.
Brandy's story has a happy ending. In October Brandy was released back into the Magaliesberg. She is fitted with a satellite collar, monitored by Power.
Brandy has since been recorded (Camera-trap) with two healthy cubs.
WESSA NAR committee has adopted the Magaliesberg Wildlife programme and invites concerned local and international community members to get involved. Involvement may include one or more of the following:
1. Volunteering to spend a morning hiking in the Magaliesberg to removed snares, in so doing saving the lives of animals;
2. Volunteering your time to do do what you do best, in support of the programme. Contact any of the NAR committee members to discuss your involvement;
3. Organising events to raise awareness of the plight of the wildlife of the Magaliesberg
4. Raising funds to assist the team with carrying out its conservation work
5. Providing funds for the programme
Equipment required for 2015
Five GPS units to allow the position of snares to be mapped with accuracy. This will allow trends and "routes" to be clearly identified and facilitate proactive intervention.
Twelve kit belts containing
Alpha numeric snare tags
Hard cover book for data capture
Fully equipped Fire Aid Kit in a back-pack. Team members might be injured when removing snared, from a fall or if a hurt animal is encountered.
Drone with GoPro camera to allow remote visualisation of suspected snared animal. Remote visualisation will allow staff and volunteers to safely inspect a suspected snaring event. The drone will be less expensive, and more accessible than a helicopter.
Five hand-held radios to keep in contact with patrols and volunteers on the mountain.
Vehicle radio-set. This radio set will be at the base station from which volunteer will receive support.
Ten camera traps
Laminated maps of the region
Additional funding is required for transportation costs -
Student transport bus for six trips from TUT to Skeerpoort
Fuel for two vehicles to transport teams up the mountain
Research Funding -
TUT MSc Student Support over two years for a MSc Project provisionally entitled "Towards sustainability of biodiversity within the Magaliesberg Biosphere: Community interaction with wildlife of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range".
For more information on the Magaliesberg Wildlife Programme, please contact:
Dr Paul Bartels (Magaliesberg Wildlife Programme coordinator)
Mobile: 082 990-3533