Taking a brake on a rocky outcrop over looking the area I had to protect.
My first 23 day patrol, I was filthy, starving and dead tired, but very happy.This was still early days and we did patrols only with single action shotguns, now the anti-poaching teams are armed to the teeth. With the war on rhino poaching it became a whole new ball game and both side are ready to fight to the death for the rhino’s.
This is what I call fun, following very fresh leopard tracks, so fresh that at any moment a spotted cat can materialize in front of me. Leopards are known to double back on their tracks, if they notice that they are being followed they make their way around the follower to attack the tracker from behind.
Notice the huge lump on the one badger’s lower back. I went through all the photos and it looks like a bite mark that went septic. The honey badger is a very hardy and resilient creature and I do not think that this individual is in mortal danger.
The honey badgers are fearsome predators and once they discovered the baiting site there will be nothing left to attract leopards. These two badgers spend 4 hours at the site, climbing into every tree, collecting all the bait and even had the cheek to sleep it off right in front of the camera.
The seldom seen side striped jackal made a quick visit at the baiting site, but I had set the bait high in the branches for the reason that the lesser scavengers can’t get to it.