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Some new from Kuzikus Rhino Wildlife Reserve

The big man himself - Columbus

Chilled out for once.
The King of Kuzikus, the father of many, a remnant of the old regime, introduced from Etosha National Park in 1997 as part of 6 Black Rhino translocated to Kuzikus.

Now the last survivor of that old lot, him still patrolling Kuzikus since 27 years.
What an awesome character. What a privilege to track him and see what he is up to…always ready for a surprise.

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Dehorning some members of a black rhino population while leaving others intact...

Other than used for effective breaking of branches for feeding, the Black Rhinos horns are essential for self-defense and territorial battles.

When faced with threats, black rhinos use their horns to fend off attackers or protect their young. Despite being made of keratin (the same material as our hair and nails), these horns are strong and sharp enough to penetrate even the thick hide that rhinos have.

In that respect, dehorning some members of a black rhino population while leaving others intact should be carefully considered in the light of disrupting Black Rhino ecology and the likelihood of increased mortality through territorial fighting.

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Hermes in a fight with his great rival

If you are tracking a certain black rhino population for over 25 years you can’t help but to become emotionally attached to the individuals.

You learn to tell them apart by their footprints, you recognize individual character triads and habits, you see them grow up and develop. Every time you track and find them you learn more about their incredible behavior and individual character.

The black rhino that arguably taught us the most was Hermes, who died from the wounds suffered in yet another fight with his great rival Columbus. Respect to this great beast of an ancient world.

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The birth of Little female Rhino *Khwe

Happy World Rhino Day

Today we announce the birth of Little female Rhino *Khwe, first spotted this month 😊.

Funny enough, September seems to be Kuzikus Rhino month, from Kiacho to Jemba to Khwe, rhino Babies on Kuzikus seem to be delivered in September.

In that regard Happy world rhino day to everyone who visited Kuzikus and big Thanks for your support.

*The KHWE people are a very proud minority in Namibia related to the San but originally home to the North-eastern part of Namibia (West Caprivi, now Bwabwata National Park), Southern Angola, Botswana and parts of Zambia. Khwe people are traditionally hunter-gatherers and have a rich cultural heritage such as their own language, which is a dialect continuum of the Khoe family with only some 8,000 speakers. In their distinct history the Khwe people have faced various challenges over the years, including land dispossession and discrimination. However, efforts are being made to preserve their culture.

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The Jackals menu of the Kalahari

In the beginning of the last century settlers introduced lamb to the jackal’s menu of the Kalahari. They then went on to spend the following decades engineering ever evolving strategies aimed at eradicating this cunning and clever opportunist from “his savannah” or “their farms”.

And yet, the scavenger known to eat almost anything, still scuttles and skulks about as ever, still looking for the perfect chance to steal a meal.

On Kuzikus we surely grant the jackal the ultimate accolade as Africa’s most opportunistic omnivore, quickly adapting to overcome any new challenge.

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Do you have snakes too ?

Puffadder and friends...

One of the most frequently asked questions. And the answer is, yes there is.

The puff adder is one of two venomous species. But don't worry, you have to be "lucky" to see one.

Yesterday was such a day. Fritz caught them and released them further out into the wild. Fritz was trained in dealing with snakes some time ago by Francois Theat from Snakes of Namibia. Good for both sides.

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Photo Schütte accompanies photographically

Look forward to unique people, animals and insights !

My name is Nicola, I'm from Germany and I'm here to take pictures at Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve. In the coming weeks we will show you this beautiful place in more detail. In addition to the landscape, the variety of species and the activities offered, I will also accompany the individual people in their work photographically. Look forward to unique people, animals and insights into everyday work at Kuzikus.

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An AI-Enabled Drone Could Soon Become Every Rhino Poacher’s… Horn Enemy

Want inspiration? Try being charged by a two-ton African black rhino.

Early in her career, wildlife biologist Zoe Jewell and her team came across a mother rhino and her calf and carefully moved closer to get a better look.

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It´s a girl ... and she needs a name

Black rhinos are very secretive during the day, especially when they have a baby. After a number of attempts, to the delight of the guests accompanying us, we managed to follow the new black rhino calf and its mother on the trail and get it right in front of the lens....

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Quantum leap in research

Eight years ago, Fritz and Berend set out to make Kuzikus the best-documented wildlife reserve in Africa. The entire reserve was to be digitally quantified in high resolution using drones. At that time, the drones flew for barely half an hour and the performance of the computers left a lot to be desired.

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African Wild Cat on Kuzikus

Predominantly nocturnal, the African Wild Cat is very territorial. Over the past year we have been able to find out where their territories are on Kuzikus. Therefore we are getting great opportunities to observe them. Their largest recorded prey items include hares, springhares, and birds (up to the size of a guinea...

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Rhino Dehorning

Man and Nature

Processing and pondering about yesterday’s eventful effort, I can’t help the thought that dehorning somehow seemed to show me what my and my kids relationship with Nature might boil down to in the future.

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Giraffe naming

All 41 Giraffes of Kuzikus are now named 🙂 Everybody knows that photoidentification of individual giraffes living in the wild is possible by using characteristic coat or skin patterns. Computer vision techniques are often mentioned to be an appealing and unavoidable help to tackle this apparently simple task in the big-data era.

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