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Hitch-hiking genets create their own innovative bush transport service in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

06 September 2014 | John White Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+

Genet riding Buffalo

If you are a genet and have had a hard night looking for some grub, what better way to rest your weary limbs than to hitch a ride on something a little bigger than you...how about a buffalo, or even a rhino?!

If like us you are thinking that this is surely this is the work of one very smart genet, it would seem not! According to our sources in the Ecology department at Hluhluwe, the images taken of the two genets are taken from different ends of the park, and thus could not be the same genet - although that would be a far more convenient reason for why this is happening! No clear link has been identified yet as to why the genets are using these mega-herbivores as their personal bush transport service.

Wildlife ACT in patnership with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have a volunteer project running in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park to use camera traps to monitor endangered species. These animals are often pretty elusive creatures and therefore more difficult to track by vehicle and so the camera traps allow their movements to be monitored throughout the park. And without these camera traps we would never get to see these amazing sightings.

Genet riding buffalo

 

Genet riding buffalo

 

 Genet riding rhino

 

Genet riding rhino

 

Genet riding rhino