Animal Tracks and Signs of Africa

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Company/Provider: WildlifeCampus

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Telephone: +27 11 656 1601

26 Ratcliffe Drive, Morningside Manor,
South Africa

R 1475.00

Course Description

The course's modules

Introduction: The informative introductory Module with a single introductory Component: It never ceases to amaze us how little many farmers, hunters, professional conservationists and others who spend considerable time in a rural environment know about the activities of the creatures around them. This tells us where to look, how to look, what to look for and how to understand what we’re looking at.

Paw Tracks: Six components are required to fully cover this topic. First separated by the presence or absence of claw marks in the tracks, paws with claws is this divided up into five distinct class sizes.

Hands, Feet, Three Toed and Big Game Tracks: This Module contains a mixed variety of species and track types. We examine the hands and feet or primates, three toed species and big game such as the elephant, rhinoceros and hippopotamus.

Hoof Tracks: The vast majority of mammalian terrestrial species fall into this category. We differentiate species by cloven and non-cloven species; and further divide the cloven hoofed animals into a large, medium and small, each group merits its own Component.

Bird Tracks: This Module examined Bird tracks divisible by webbed and non-webbed feet.

Tramline Trails and Undulating Tracks: A Tramline indicates that the tracks of the right and left sides of the animal are clearly separated, but form a unit of a double line. This track may or may not have a central dragline caused by the animal tail. Undulating tracks are single seemingly random tracks.

Droppings: There are a remarkable array and variety and they are divided here into four Component based specifically upon their differing shapes which may be Cylindrical, Lozenge, Grooved, Pancake and Large Barrel shaped, Spherical, Larger cylindrical ; Sausage - shaped, Pointed, Tapered and Segmented; Mixed shape, Kidney shaped, Bird Pellets and Liquid.

Feeding Signs: Some feeding signs may remain visible for long periods, for example a tree pushed over by an elephant to gain access to pods, but a lion kill may be reduced to a few large bones in a matter of hours by spotted hyaenas, blackbacked jackals and vultures. Feeding signs may include claw and tooth marks, holes in trees or in the ground, remains of prey, damaged fruit and other plant parts.

Other Tracks and Signs: Indicators of "Passing Wildlife" range from the overt to the covert, but all can be discovered when you know what to look for and where.

Nests, Shelters and Holes: Many species of mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and invertebrate construct or make use of some form of shelter. These shelters may be permanent, such as those made by termites, or temporary, as is the case with nearly all bird nests.


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