A few months ago, the iMfolozi Wildlife ACT volunteer team in South Africa observed a lion capture co-ordinated by KZN Wildlife. Each lion was branded so they can be more easily recognisable and can be monitored more effectively.
Last week, conservation volunteers Helen Reilly, Julie George, Gabriele Kirschning, and Andrea and Neil Miller, along with wildlife film maker Rebecca Hart and Wildlife ACT’s Antoine Marchal, took part in a lion call-up which aimed to count and identify lions without actually capturing them.
This technique, called ‘capture-recapture’, will give an estimation of the lion population within the park. The call-up site, which was just below the research camp were Wildlife ACT is based, first attracted eight wild dogs from the Sokhwezela Pack and then six lions which were all successfully identified.