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Wilderness Conservation Programme

Askari provides volunteers with a lifetime opportunity that will never be forgotten; to actively contribute to and participate in the daily management, wildlife research and monitoring activities taking place on a game reserve in Africa. The programme fosters the conservation of wilderness and is based on Pidwa Wilderness Reserve in 17 500 hectares of untamed beauty.

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Excitement levels were through the roof for the team this morning as we spotted an incredibly unusual vulture. This palm-nut vulture is well out of range and shouldn't be anywhere near Pidwa, it was definitely a historical first for the reserve. Unlike other vultures, these feed on the flesh of palm fruits as well as crabs and frogs and some carrion. We have since learnt that there has been the odd sighting of, what is presumed to be, the same individual in the area in the past year. We have reported the sighting to the SARBN (South African Rare Bird News) as this information and location will be used when producing range maps for this species in the future. An incredibly lucky first for the Askari team and Pidwa #askariwcp ... See MoreSee Less
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Today the team met one of the venomous snakes to inhabit Pidwa....a puff adder. This is a very slow moving snake but the fastest striking. They carry a cytotoxic venom which eats away at the walls of our cells causing necrosis. Luckily this one was viewed from a very safe distance and relocated back to the bush #askariwcp ... See MoreSee Less
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A great sighting this week for the team of an unusual melanistic Gabar goshawk. Thanks for the pic Lorenza #askariwcp ... See MoreSee Less
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