MOHOLOHOLO

 

Moholoholo is a Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa. The nearest town is Höedspruit, which is about 2 hours away from Johannesburg. Moholoholo staff rely heavily on the help they get from volunteers that come from all around the world. Shelley volunteered at Moholoholo at the start of an around the world trip and had many experiences that she would like to share (camera at the ready!):

African Wild Dogs are getting rarer in the wild. These are two members of a pack of twelve males at Moholoholo. No females as they didn't want them to breed.   An African Wild Dog stood in the drinking trough trying to cool down in the African heat.   Feeding time is very organised with the more dominant dogs feeding first. They make a high puppy-ish cry as they feed.   A wild male Bush Buk looking for scraps outside the Moholoholo dining area called Forest Camp.   Boo A young Bush Baby that was being hand reared by one of the volunteers.   An adult female Cheetah relaxing in the shade at Moholoholo.   Pawche (pronounced Portia) an adult female Cheetah and her cubs. Pawche is a permanent resident at Moholoholo as she was hand reared and is now part of their Cheetah breeding programme.   Shelley was priviledged to help a member of staff bottle feed two Cheetah cubs - Joomba (pictured) and Jolly that were being hand-reared. Cheetahs' are hard to release back into the wild due to persecution by local farmers. Therefore most Cheetahs' when they arrive at Moholoholo will remain in captivity. These cubs were to be lead trained so they can go into schools and become part of an educational programme to educate African school children about the Cheetahs' plight.   A close up of Joomba feeding. They need to have something to push against whilst feeding as it simulates what they do when their suckling from their mother. This 'padding' stimulates the production and release of milk.   Sarah and Shorty. Shorty (back of picture) was given to Moholoholo after being confiscated from a circus in Mozambique where he was mistreated along with another male lion called Blondy, who also shares the enclosure with them. Shorty and Blondy have to be seperated from Sarah at meal time as their teeth were removed by the circus staff so they are now unable to compete for food. Shorty got his name from being very stunted due to malnourishment.   Big Boy (male) and Ditch (female) grooming each other. They are permanent residents at Moholoholo.   Ditch stalking a camera as a volunteer tries to take a photo of her. She was a wild Lioness who caught her paw in a snare and isn't fit to be released as she still carries the scar.   Big Boy rolling around in the hot sun. He was donated to Moholoholo after being someones 'pet'   Guardian. A male Black Eagle that came to Moholoholo due to a broken right wing which had to be amputated, so he can never be released.   Darwin. Another Marabou Stork. He had his wing amputated and is now a permanent resident at Moholoholo, but isn't as socialized as Einstein, so he keeps his distance.   Einstein. A wild adult Marabou Stork that had been hand reared at Moholoholo and had been released back into the wild, but he kept coming back and is now a permanent fixture at Moholoholo although he can come and go as he pleases.   Everday the left over scraps of meat from feeding the Moholoholo animals were collected in a big bucket and at 4:30pm taken 100 metres outside the gates and fed to the wild Vultures. It was amazing to observe their behaviour and pecking order (or lack of). Other species such as; Marabou Storks were also attracted to the feast, but were alot more civilised.   Harry (Harriot). She is a female Yellow Kestrel and is unable to be released back into the wild.   Dezy stalking Harry. Dezy is a Caracal. Caracals' look alot like Lynx, but are more related to Servals'. Caracals' amazing jumpers and are well know for jumping high into the air to catch birds. Captivity has done nothing to dampen Dezys' wild instincts.   A close up of Dezy the Caracal.   Two Serval Cubs finding amusement from a feather.   Shelley stroking Fluff Top a socialized adult male Serval at Moholoholo. He shared his enclosure with his sister Muesa and another female Chany. Fluff Top got all the affection as the females were alot more shy and tended to stay away.   Shelley playing with Fluff Top.   Chewy feeding. He is an adult male Leopard and is a permanent resident at Moholoholo.   Shelley stroking a 6 month old male Kudu called Koda. Koda arrived at Moholoholo after breaking one of his hind legs. Being so young he needed hand rearing so is very socialized with humans. He will be released onto the extensive wilderness that surrounds and belongs to Moholoholo when he is old and fit enough. He will be free, but the staff will always be able to keep an eye on him.   Shelley bottle feeding Kulungi, an adult female Bush Buk. Kulungi came to the centre after being hit by a car, which caused her severe brain damage meaning she will never be released back into the wild. She still gets a bottle once a day as she is very stunted and needs the extra nutrition that the bottle gives her. Koda the Kudu is hoping he'll get some too if he is patient (not a chance!).   Shelley holding Chanaki. He is a young Meercat that had been hand reared at Moholoholo.   Shelley and Chanaki making friends.   One of many Rabbits at Moholoholo. They were given left over veg and fruit scraps from the Moholoholo and Forrest Camp kitchens.   Tinkerbell with her mouth full and Peter Pan her mate behind her.   Shelley feeding Tinkerbell.   Shelley and the rest of the volunteers got to go outside of Moholoholo on a day safari to Noveni National Park. There is a watering hole in the distance where wildlife congregates. A close up of the watering hole. This is the best place to see the animals as they all come here to drink. However, sometimes the animals get a bit camera shy!   A Wild Bull Giraffe approximately 10 years old at N... Nature Reserve. This is old for a wild Giraffe.   A large Termite Mound that was found at Noveni National Park. They don't just protect the Termites from predators, but help to regulate the temperate of the colony inside as the mound has large chimney-like structures that allow heat to escape and fresh air to enter. This photo doesn't do justice to the size of this mound, it was at least 6 foot high.   A Herd of wild Wildebeest at Noveni National Park.

 

 

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