Fox Kitts Have Left the Den!

Young foxes Kitt & Caboodle have left the den! The young fox kitts and their siblings are probably about 3 months old now and have left their winter den site. They are slowly gaining independence as they wander further and further from their mother. It has been great a great privilege to photograph the foxes in and around the rocks and trees. Most of the time I have come across them they have been sleeping, but even when they are, it is wonderful to spend time with them. They are looking very healthy and with a large squirrel population at ahnd, they are clearly well fed!

Here are a few of the more recent shots.

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I nice stretch…maybe he things he’s a wolf?

Fox yawn

Mama fox dropped her acorn. You can see the entire sequence here.

I lost my acorn

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fox under the tree

fox yawning

Enjoy!

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Kit and Caboodle

Meet Kit and Caboodle–little red foxes

This week I was fortunate to find an active fox den inside the Montreal city limits. On the day I was there, patiently waiting for 2 hours, I was lucky to meet two of the six fox kits living in the den. They look to be just about a month or so old and hopefully I will get back for a better look next week. I am very grateful they decided to come out midday to explore their surroundings and have a little tossle with each other.

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#seriousaboutwildlifecrime

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World Wildlife Day

Some nights as I lie awake remembering the moments I have spent in the company of Africa’s extraordinary wildlife, my mind drifts to a darker place and I can’t help but wonder if the animals I have photographed are still alive? If they are hunting, grazing, mating, playing, fighting–being. I lie awake wishing it was all a very bad dream…

Elephants, lions, rhinoceros, vultures, apes, wild dogs…the list goes on. They are disappearing under our watch. Slaughtered for body parts to be carved into fashion acccessories and sipped in magic elixirs, hunted for their meat and traded for money, trapped and sold for our entertainment and amusement. Black market animal trafficking is now estimated at a staggeing 7-9 BILLION dollars, not far behind drugs and weapons.

Sadly, the numbers do not lie…killing animals is BIG business.

#seriousaboutwildlifecrime: Elephants

Since 1930 Africa has lost 99% of its elephant population. There were approximately 10 million elephants in the 1930’s and the African Wildlife Foundation now estimates the population closer to 470,000 individuals. While the elphant numbers dwindle, the price of ivory in China does anything but. Since 2010 ivory has exploded from $750 USD/kilo to $2,100/kilo.

tusksMagnificent tusks in the Mara North @seriancamps. © NJ Wight 2014  #seriousaboutwildlifecrime

#seriousaboutwildlifecrime: Lions

When I was born, approximately 200,000 lions roamed the plains of Africa. Today, 50+ years later, with a growing human population encroaching on thier ranges, there are an estimated 20,000 remaining. The decline is staggering. I cannot imagine a world without lions, and yet, it may happen in my lifetime. (See World Lion Day: Long Live the King)

wight_lions_MG_6721_MG_6721 An annoyed male in Mara north shares his feelings with a lioness when she refuses to let him see his cubs. @seriancamps ©NJ Wight 2014 #seriousaboutwildlifecrime

#seriousaboutwildlifecrime: Rhinoceros

I have been blessed to photograph both black and white rhinoceros. The rhino currently faces what is perhaps the most intense threat of all African wildlife. Rhino horn is now considered to be more valuable on the black market than cocaine and diamonds and at $60,000 kilo, it is by far the most valuable commodity in illicit wildlife trafficking business. In South Africa the penalty for trafficking in small amounts of cocaine starts at 5 years in prison. For rhino poaching the fine is a very affordable $14k. The numbers released from South Africa this year paint a dismal picture for the rhinos future. 2014 was a record breaking year for the country with the largest population, losing 1215 animals–210 more than 2013. D0uble the number of deaths of 2012.

1 every 8 hours…

The total number of slaughtered rhinos in South Africa since 2000 is now +3993.

Little Shek This 4 month old white rhino, nicknamed Shrek, was taken in the Sabo Sands in 2013. I often wonder if he is still playing on the beach… #seriousaboutwildlifecrime

#seriousaboutwildlifecrime: Wild Dog

With only 3-5,000 individuals left in the wild, the African wild dog is considered one of the most endagered animals in the world. A pack of dogs will traverse a range as big as 900 square miles and as the human population continues to grow and spread, the dogs are being forced to live in smaller and smaller areas. This presents more difficult hunting challenges and inevitably leads to deadly conflict with farmers and herders. The reduced roaming area has also weakened the gene pool for reproduciton. Closer contact with domestic animals has introduced rabies and distemper into the wild dog population, killing large numbers of dogs.

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Wild dog in the Sabi Sands. ©NJ Wight 2013 #seriousaboutwildlifenow

#seriousaboutwildlifecrime: Humans

Nelson Mandella said, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

It is really up to all of us…

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