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African Barred Owlet Project

The African barred owlet is a small owl species that was first described in 1834. Since then the species has remained virtually undetected in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. There have been many attempts to locate them, however, there are less than 25 recorded sightings of this elusive little bird of prey. The owlets are widespread in northern parts of South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Specimens collected in these northern areas look and sound slightly different to their Eastern Cape relatives. Not much is known about the Eastern Cape individuals, which makes it difficult to predict how, where and when to try and locate them successfully.

The Kariega Foundation and Kariega Game Reserve started the African Barred owlet research project in July 2017. The project is run in collaboration with researchers from Rhodes University, which is based in nearby Grahamstown.

The Kariega Foundation funds the equipment used for the research. There are a few known locations where African barred owlets have been heard and sometimes seen on Kariega Game Reserve. These, and hopefully other new locations, are being used to monitor and collate information for the project objectives.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Collate all known sightings of Eastern Cape African barred owlet individuals.
  • Determine the possible distribution.
  • Compare call structure analysis to northern African barred owlet individuals
  • Collect and analyse genetic material to assess taxonomic relationships among different subspecies of African barred owlets.

Read more about sightings of the African barred owlet at Kariega Game Reserve.

How can you Support this Project?

  • Donate funds to support the research costs.

How can you Help?

Any help and support we get from anyone is hugely appreciated as it assists in expanding and maintaining the project.

You can help in many ways:
  • Spend some time in our Conservation Volunteer Programme and be part of the project first hand.
  • Bring any of the needed items for our local schools & ECD centres.
  • Contact us regarding required sports equipment.
  • Book an Aloe Community Tour during your Kariega stay.
  • Raise funds and awareness for rhino in your local community.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation (any size will help) to the Kariega Foundation in any of the following ways:
    - Donate via EFT (for international currencies) via our secure online DONATE NOW button below
    - Donate cash in a pledge envelope at the reserve
    - Add a donation to your account when you check out after your stay
    - Transfer a donation into the following bank account:

KARIEGA FOUNDATION TRUST
First National Bank
Account No: 62275606526
Branch: Newton Park
Branch code: 261050
Swift: FIRNZAJJ

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