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3. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 8/28/2018

Earlier today we visted Moholoholo, a widlife rehabilitation center that has been operating for nearly thirty years and rescues animals and birds that have been snared or poisoned. In particular, poisoning of vultures by poachers has become common. Poachers purposely poison carcasses so that vultures die since circling vultures give away locations to authorities. If possible, Moholoholo rehabilitates birds and animals in quarantine zones free from human encounters before eventual release back into the wild. If rehabilitation isn't possible, the animals and birds are either kept on site for educational purposes, or sadly, euthanized.

Apparently the center has built relationships with local farmers who in the past would shoot "pest" species on their farms - now many call the center who sends staff to tranquilize and re-locate animals.

While at the center, we not only learned about rehab efforts and research (such as daily feeding and recording of wild vultures - numbers, types of species, which were tagged as part of the rehab process), we took close-up photos of some amazing species and got shots that never would have been possible in the wild!. Enjoy.

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Our guide Moses with a snare. Notice all the snares behind him
that have been collected from the wild.


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Cape Vulture with a broken wing


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Who said vultures aren't beautiful?


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Taken right after this vulture snagged the raw meat from the glove . . .


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No sticking fingers through the fence - as if we had to be told!


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Leopard


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African Wild Dog


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A small antelope called a Duiker


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Hyena


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Verreaux's Eagle


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Bateleur


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Cheetah


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Southern Ground-Hornbill. Check out them "eye lashes"!


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Just felt like ending with some vulture feet.