Submitted on Saturday, August 06 @ 20:35:21 UTC by Grant The Shy 5 is the original intellectual property of Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man - however due to the originality of his idea it has been adopted by many and used, although not credited as his conservation and research idea - this has been seen on televised conservation programmes that he has done since 2003.
Many people have been fortunate enough to visit South Africa and see our magnificent Big 5!
But how many people, have ever seen the Shy 5? Not the little 5, the SHY 5!
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is based on a philosophy of working with wildlife and people and natural resources, and is not restricted to Wild and Free meerkats / suricates alone, but rather covers many species. The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is especially interested in and passionate about promoting an understanding of our smaller and often very misunderstood naturally occuring self regulating wildlife!
The shy secretive animals are extremely challenging to view, they are often fossorial animals (diggers) - spending part of their lives in the safety of burrows beneath the earth!
Ethically only certain species are chosen as the observer must never influence the animals hunting of prey or foraging for food by being present. A skilled observer is as good as invisible around the study animal.
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is particularly concerned about conserving the following primarily insectivorous or vegetarian, shy species (and numerous others) that occur in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve around Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape of South Africa, by educating people about these essential and harmless animals:
The meerkat (suricate)- Suricata suricatta (and subspecies)
To read interesting articles about the meerkat / suricate: Press here.
The porcupine- Hystix africaeaustralis
To read interesting articles about the porcupine: Press here.
The bat- eared fox- Otocyon megalotis
To read interesting articles about the bat- eared fox: Press here.
The antbear (aardvark)- Orycteropus afer
To read interesting articles about the aardvark: Press here.
The aardwolf- Proteles cristatus
To read interesting articles about the aardwolf: Press here.
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is involved with developing highly selective trust gained through ethical and very species specific specialised habituation techniques to harness wildlife trust, for unbiased, objective observation.
It is very easy to tame animals...but very difficult to keep wild animals wild. The Meerkat Magic Conservation Projectspecialises in keeping wildlife totally wild through these unique in the world observational techniques.
Many unethical scientists have captured and killed animals to study what they have been eating! By getting the highly selective trust of wildlife using The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project ethical habituation techniques wild animals can be observed from very close without disturbing them.
The animals can be studied in great detail without killing the study animal too of course! The wild animals natural behaviours can be observed with great accuracy, due to these unqiue habituation techniques being used!
These wildlife tolerance techniques should not be confused with the commonly seen tamed animals who are fed and handled in commercial tourism - this has become increasingly popular with many guides and non- professionals who often claim to be professional conservationists and researchers. Or simply have tame animals that they refer to as wildlife.
By a detailed and comprehensive understanding gathered from many years of wildlife observation, different species communication techniques can be learned and adapted by human observers, to communicate in a way that will gain this trust. An observer needs to think like the animal!
The observer techniques are for the animals protection from random observation and possible exploitation- like a special access code. In the absence of the techniques (visual, olfactory, auditory, tactile) habituated wildlife will not allow any observer to approach them - unless they become tamed and are fed / handled. The correct access codes to this highly selective trust must be in place!
You can witness this habituation in progress on your own very unique in the world wildlife viewing visit at The Meerkat Magic Project. To find out more about the morning Sunrise Tour and the afternoon Sunset Tour please Press here.
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Hardcover; 240 pages; photographs of the Kalahari meerkats and the Little Karoo meerkats; Publisher New Holland Publishers, 2016
ISBN 1921517654, 9781921517655
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YOU ARE VISITING THE WILD WEB SITE OF THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT AND MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS http://www.meerkatmagic.com - YOUR WILDLIFE FRIENDLY INFORMATION PORTAL WATCH WILD MEERKATS / SURICATES AT THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT IN THE MEERKAT MAGIC VALLEY RESERVE AROUND OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA WITH GRANT M. MC ILRATH - A.K.A - THE MEERKAT MAN - BEWARE OF COPY-KATS / IMITATIONS WITH PRETEND RESEARCHER GUIDES AND TAME / FED / HANDLED MEERKATS / SURICATES - GRANT M. MC ILRATH - A.K.A - THE MEERKAT MAN HAS BEEN RESEARCHING WILD AND FREE MEERKATS AS A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL CONSERVATIONIST AND INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED RESEARCH BIOLOGIST FULL TIME IN THE WILD SINCE 1993 AND ONGOING! FOR A PARTIAL LIST OF HIS INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON MEERKATS /SURICATES press here.
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