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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.


Two new species brings the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Bird List to 371 species

By Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

Two species of bird were recently added to the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Bird List:

  • In May 2016, a pair of Rüpppell’s Starlings Lamprotornis purpuropterus was observed near Baboon Rock in the North Valley.  
  • In June 2016, a pair of Spur-winged Plovers Vanellus spinosus was encountered at Dam ya Fisi and Baharini Dam in the North Valley.

These two additional species bring the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Bird List to 371 species. Download the list here.

Adult Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus at Baharini Dam, Lolldaiga Hills Ranch.  Photographs by Tom Butynski.

Adult Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus at Baharini Dam, Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. Photographs by Tom Butynski.

Adult Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus at Baharini Dam, Lolldaiga Hills Ranch.  Photographs by Tom Butynski.

Adult Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus at Baharini Dam, Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. Photographs by Tom Butynski.