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  Hunting success
Posted by: Shadow - Today, 01:08 AM - Forum: Terrestrial Wild Animals - No Replies
Thread to share information about success rates of predators and also what kind of information can be found behind percentages. This thread is meant for terrestrial predators.

I start with observations and thoughts from Londolozi guide James Tyrrell. I found it interesting.

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"Are Leopards Successful Hunters?

Most of what I’m about to type is purely anecdotal evidence.

It comes from years of game drives and walks in the field, but given that A) we only witness less than 10% of a leopard’s daily routine (and that’s as a Londolozi team, rather than for an individual ranger or tracker), and B) I’m not running any statistical analyses on my personal observations, none of this is gospel, it’s merely the initiation of what I consider to be an interesting conservation stream.

The established fact is that leopards don’t have a particularly high success rate in hunts. I’m sure the figure varies somewhat between areas, and maybe even between individual leopards, but as it’s roughly 20% – or maybe even less –  I’ll agree that they don’t score well in the hunt-conversion ratio. Certainly not when you compare them to Wild Dogs, which are up above 70% in their hunting success rate. Of course the dogs have a different hunting strategy and they operate as a pack, so it’s like comparing apples and oranges, but I’m merely giving an appreciation for where these solitary spotted cats sit."


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Whole story and more photos:

https://blog.londolozi.com/2019/08/10/le...the-stalk/
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  Vintage Tiger Claw
Posted by: Jaykash - 08-17-2019, 06:42 AM - Forum: Premier League - No Replies
I have more closer pictures of the piece. Can you pleas verify this a is real tiger claw. Thanks
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  Where to go next?
Posted by: Pckts - 08-01-2019, 03:53 AM - Forum: Vacations and Holidays - Replies (9)
I'm already thinking of where to go next, right now I'm leaning towards Patagonia.
Not only to see Cougars but from what I've heard from others who've been there, Patagonia is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It's also a place for active travelers with it's hiking and kayaking through the Glaciers, so it's definitely a place that interests me.
But to be honest, my first choice was Alaska to see Grizzlies or maybe the Arctic to see Polar Bears but both options are incredibly expensive.
I still hope to see either, so if anyone has any other options on how to see them in the wild, let me know.

Any other ideas are welcomed as well, I'm just tossing around some things at the moment and maybe one of you has another option I'm not aware of.
Thanks
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  Forest Rangers, Trackers, Guides & Other Personnel
Posted by: Rishi - 07-31-2019, 09:20 PM - Forum: Human & Nature - No Replies
Today on 31st July, World Ranger Day, a new thread dedicated to the boots on the ground.










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  Getting my child interested in nature.
Posted by: Nature Lover - 07-29-2019, 03:01 AM - Forum: Miscellaneous - Replies (2)
Hi guys and girls, I'm new to this forum so my first post is regarding getting me and my daughter (6) interested in nature so we can spend time together on nature walks and trips to the zoo etc. 

My daughter is really interested in getting started so any advice on how to get started would be much appreciated :). First thing I am going to need (maybe not now but for the cold and wet autumn/winter months) is a nice warm waterproof jacket for her because she only has her school jacket which we don't want to get muddy and dirty etc so, again, any advice on what brand is best to go for, would be greatly appreciated :).

I look forward to interacting with everyone here too.
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  What is Your Dream Job in field of Wildlife ?
Posted by: sanjay - 07-28-2019, 07:38 AM - Forum: Organizations, Volunteering & Jobs - No Replies
I know many of us love wildlife or simply enjoy nature. After all thats why we are here on WildFact.
Sometime I think, What could be the best job that I can do and I also get fully satisfied with my life? kind of inner piece you know (I am not the Po... and I don't have Shifu Wink )

I found that I always want to work near Wild animals, any kind of job, but I want to spend my time with them, studying their behavior. seeing them..

Imagine a morning with nice weather and wind is flowing.. nature looks amazing and you see your favorite animals or doing kind of field works around them.. or daily routine work.... Ahh.. thats give huge relief in mind.

I don't need to much money.. I only need sufficient for average daily life.

I know sometime it could be hard to handle situation due to wild behavior of these animals, but.. hey that's the fun part... you need some challenge.

So my question is what is your dream job in wildlife field.. If you get chance and paid to live your basic life.. how you want to be get associated with them ?
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  Wildlife and Nature in Your Backyard
Posted by: sanjay - 07-28-2019, 07:20 AM - Forum: Wildlife Pictures and Videos Gallery - No Replies
This thread is meant to post videos, images and cool story of wildlife and nature in your backyard or nearby locality.

Many of us specially in US, South America, Canada and Europe live in such place where there are bears, alligators and other form of wildlife in their backyard or nearby locality. Always something keep happening near you and nowadays it is easy to record video & take pictures of such incident. I think its great way of connecting yourself with nature and enjoying it.

You should post such videos, photos or any incident that you remember with rest of the community members.
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  Carnivorous dinosaurs other than the famous t-rex and spinosaurus..
Posted by: Spalea - 07-20-2019, 01:25 AM - Forum: Dinosaurs - Replies (37)
I inaugurate a new topic about the numerous carnivorous dinosaurs other than the famous T-rex and Spinosaurus.

Rather friendly, isn't ? Coeluosaurus yes, but what else ? Raptor, deinonychosauridae ( perhaps, but the hindlegs are missing... )... ? If they are extracted from the Jurassik Park movies, there are deinonychus.

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  Tigers from Borneo, Palawan, Japan ...
Posted by: BorneanTiger - 07-14-2019, 11:56 AM - Forum: Premier League - Replies (3)
The Bornean tiger

Though I did post this before (https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-on-the-...s?page=114https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-on-the-...s?page=147), I am not the only one to point out this mystery of whether or not the Bornean tiger (which is known to have existed in prehistoric times like others tigers, such as the Palawan tiger from what is now the Philippines: https://books.google.com/books?id=XFIbjB...er&f=falsehttps://books.google.com/books?id=66mRJS...sc=y&hl=en) survived into modern or recent times, with someone else having given photos or information about it. I also want this thread to be about other prehistoric or ancient tigers in places where we wouldn't see them today, such as Palawan, Japan, and what used to be the Beringian landmass that connected what is now the Russian Far East with what is now Alaska in North America, and I'm not sure about Sri Lanka.

As for the mysterious Bornean tiger or Borneo tiger, to start with, 3 subspecies of tigers were traditionally were recognised for the Sunda Islands of Southeast Asia (https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-on-the-...s?page=140), the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatræ), the Balinese tiger (Panthera tigris balica), and the Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica). Of these, only the Sumatran tiger is known to survive (https://web.archive.org/web/201203091255...1-0001.pdf). However, according to people in the Sunda island Borneo, there was another tiger that at least used to inhabit their island as recently as the 20th century (https://news.mongabay.com/2016/11/was-bo...of-tigers/, https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bi...-51-69.pdf, https://books.google.com/books?id=XFIbjB...er&f=false).

Firstly, here's a look at Borneo. Borneo is rather close to Java and Sumatra, credit: http://mjhuize.blogspot.com/2014/04/expe...sland.html 

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Borneo has a tropical climate similar to those of other Sunda islands, and has almost the same fauna as Sumatra (https://news.mongabay.com/2016/11/was-bo...of-tigers/). Amongst the fauna found here are potential prey of the tiger, such as the bearded pig and muntjac deer (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eri...stence.pdf): 

Bornean yellow muntjac, credit: http://satwakalimantan.blogspot.com/2015...tjacs.html 

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Bornean jungle, credit: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/deals/t...h-flights/ 
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The Bornean tiger was said to be small like its Sumatran relative (Page 35: https://books.google.com/books?redir_esc...er&f=false), and mostly brown with faint stripes (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eri...stence.pdf). For comparison, a male Sumatran tiger in the jungle of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, credit: https://www.newscientist.com/article/sum...rongholds/ 

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People in Borneo have alleged that the tiger existed in their island not very long ago. When Taufik Wijaya of Mongabay paid a visit to Iber Djamal, a leader of the Dayak Ngaju, an indigenous Bornean folk, particularly in the Indonesian part of Borneo, which is called "Kalimantan" (meaning "Borneo"), he noticed a local kind of machete called the "Mandau", which had fangs on it. According to Djamal, these fangs were from a tiger that was killed by his ancestor, not a leopard or clouded leopard. Photo of Djamal with his Mandau, with the fangs at the bottom, next to his hand, by Jemmie Delvian: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/11/was-bo...of-tigers/ 

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It is not just Bornean natives who alleged that there were tigers were in Borneo. Amongst the foreigners who talked about the tiger in Borneo was Douchan Gersi, who claimed to have seen one in South Belayan, East Kalimantan, in 1975, and published 2 photographs to support his statement, apparently including one in Page 87 of this book: https://books.google.com/books?id=wUPvHA...edir_esc=y

Douchan Gersi the predecessor of the likes of Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin: https://bali-gazette.com/le-plus-grand-k...han-gersi/ 


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  Daeodon shoshonensis
Posted by: epaiva - 06-30-2019, 05:44 AM - Forum: Prehistoric animals - Replies (3)
Daeodon shoshonensis known before as Dinohyus hollandi is the largest known entelodont, is an extint entelodont artiodactyl that inhabited North America between 29 and 19 millions year ago during the middle of Oligocene and early meocene epochs.
Credits to @biblical_paleontology_database and to
@mtnbkr1

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