DAY 1 at Moholoholo
|Can you see the twig snake?|
|Pickett trains us in anatomy|
We all took part in skinning and preparing it to use as bait later, when we would hang it in a weeping bushwillow tree to lure a leopard to to the wildlife cam. When the dissection was finished, I sketched the head, adding notes (taken from Pickett's comments) about how the curling mustache on a tuskless female resembles the tusks on an adult boar, so that a predator might mistake a defenseless female for a wicked-toothed boar if it got only a glance, and not try to catch it. Not having a toothy boar head to draw, I sketched a nearby warthog boar skull, which tells the tale nicely.
|These aren't to scale ~ the boar would be twice that size!|
Then we piled onto a game drive truck to go out into Moholoholo Reserve to put the warthog bait in place. We were all eager to see if we could lure the leopard in, and to do that we all took turns dragging bits of warthog along the trails to the tree so the leopard would know it was there. Since there were leopard tracks right in the road, we figured we had a good chance of success, and the tracks added a thrill to the proceedings.
|Sandy records her track notes|
|The female is chewing bones as the dark male watches|
I have run out of time today. More tomorrow or the next day.