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Caracal collared at Rondevlei

29 Feb 2016 Posted by in Environment, News and Events | 3 comments

Below are some images of a male Caracal (Rooikat) who was collared at Rondevlei a short while ago. Nicknamed Xolani, he is part of a study on urban Caracal in Cape Town conducted by the Urban Caracal Project. This project will give some idea of how Caracal manage to survive in the urbanised city environment. The collar will be on for 6 months and after only one week has already shown us important information on the animals movements.

Caracal were exterminated from the Cape Flats and we re-introduced them at Rondevlei between 1998 – 1999 when I received animals from Table Mountain. The attached satellite track of the animals movements show he has been able to move through the urban environment, across Strandfontein Road and into the southern end of Phillipi. You can keep track of Xolani’s movements and the Urban Caracal Project via their website details below.

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  1. Belinda Day02-29-16

    Hi Dalton

    Thanks so much for keeping us up to date on the projects happening in the FBEP, as well as further afield. I’m always so impressed at how you keep the public informed (and obviously then, also keep their interest!)

    It is really interesting that Xolani still manages to keep his territory as large as it obviously is – despite all the urban challenges!

    It worries me though, that if you make this knowledge available to the public, some gun-happy moron might decide that Xolani looks better on a wall than on all fours….

    Also – I am in the process of doing a Conservation Biology Masters at the Fitz at UCT, and we are always on the lookout for short (6-7 months total) MSc projects for the second half of the year. I know that the Urban Caracal project is already running, so probably wouldn’t provide any extra projects, but if you can think of anything else, that would be great. It has to be a short project that has the potential to be written up as a paper in a peer-reviewed journal, so although it may have a management bias, it can’t be purely management-orientated.

    Christie mentioned that she had spoken to you – but please, if anything else comes to mind, let me know and I can let Peter (Ryan) and the rest of the students know.

    Warm regards

    Belinda Day

  2. Dalton03-01-16

    Hi Belinda

    Thanks for the feedback and concern; I don’t think hunting is the primary concern for Xolani; the info displayed is not real time – the danger is likely to be motor vehicles on the busy roads he has to cross. In the past 10 years we have had two road kills – one on Strandfontein road, the other on Baden Powell. Also the packs of hunting dogs that do hunting linked to gambling on the Cape Flats. Caracal have managed to persist for 17 years now after we reintroduced them so here’s to hoping they will continue!

    We would love to create underpasses for wildlife in the long term, starting with an amphibian underpass in Zeekoevlei!If projects come up I will let you know – we are about to start trials with a fish ladder design.

  3. Dagny03-02-16

    This is fascinating! Thanks Dalton. I would still love to be part of the amphibian project. Let’s make a meeting a reality this year, soon as we both have some time! Best, Dagny

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