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Woodchat shrike (Lanius senator) on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

By Tom Butynski & Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

On 28 December 2016, at ca. 1,800 m asl on the Sinyai Lugga, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Per Aronsson obtained photographs of an adult male woodchat shrike Lanius senator. This record brings the total number of bird species known to occur on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch to 379.


First photographic evidence of aardwolf on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

The aardwolf Proteles cristata is the smallest member of the hyaena family (Hyaenidae). Although this insectivorous carnivore resembles the striped hyaena Hyaena hyaena in appearance, it has black feet, lacks a black throat, and is much smaller, being about the size of a jackal (9 kg). Two subspecies are recognised; P. c. septentrionalis in eastern and northeastern Africa and P. c. cristatus in southern Africa.


Thirteen Species Added to the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Butterfly List

BMike Roberts, Tom Butynski and Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

During 24–26 June 2016, Steve Collins (Director, African Butterfly Research Centre), Bennie Coetzer, and Andre Coetzer (butterfly experts from South Africa), visited Lolldaiga Hills Ranch to join Mike Roberts (General Manager, Lolldaiga Hills Ranch) in advancing the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Butterfly List. Together, they added 13  species to the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Butterfly List, bringing the total to 135 species.