Red-billed oxpeckers released into South Africa's Mokala National Park15/10/2012 11:48:51 Birds will help protect wild and domestic animals from pests
October 2012. 21 red-billed oxpeckers have been released into South Africa's Mokala National Park. The birds were captured in Limpopo by The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and released into a cage at Stofdam in the park, close to the bird hide. After they were acclimatised to their new surroundings, they were released from the cage on 30 September 2012. They were seen shortly afterwards on Kudu and Warthogs.
Disappeared due to livestock medication
Joubert said "they will contribute to protecting the disease free buffalo in Mokala National Park from sickness, reduce the external parasite numbers on animals in neighbouring farms and help get the biodiversity back to the way it was before."
Visitors are encouraged to help with the monitoring of the birds by reporting sightings at Mokala National Park's reception.
The operation was undertaken by South African National Parks (SANParks) and The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)
Red-billed oxpeckers also keep animals' wounds clean and remove rotting flesh and insects from the wounds