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Preliminary results on Exxaro relocation of baboon spiders


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10 years 7 months ago #70234 by Dimitri Kambas
The following user(s) said Thank You: Konrad, Patrick Stadler, Deon

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10 years 7 months ago #70235 by Leon de Jager
Veyy cool. Must be great being involved with something like this.
That is a decent number of specimens collected in the area.
Good to know there are still those numbers around

Sent from my GT-N7100 a long time ago and far, far away.....

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10 years 7 months ago #70238 by Mario

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10 years 7 months ago #70239 by Deon
Hi Dimitri, fantastic to get this kind of news. Also interesting that they were caught along a public road. :thumbsup: I would like to know if anyone knows what Baboon spiders, if any, are found in the North West province. We have a more arid habitat and typical bushveld with grasslands and thorn trees. We are surrounded by farm land, being a crop producing area, so most natural habitat is forever changed.

I'm not going to search and catch them, just seems that most Baboons are listed as being found in the Western parts. I lived in Tzaneen for a while and was scared out of my socks one night when opening my front door in the dark. When I turned on the light a huge black baboon spider was a few inches from my hand ! I'm still wondering where it went. :laugh:

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10 years 7 months ago #70240 by Dawid Booysen
This is great news. It will however be interesting to see if the same methods can be used with captive bred Baboon spiders to reestablish colonies in areas where they have disappeared completely. I do not know if there are any such areas in SA, but I am assuming there are.

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10 years 7 months ago #70324 by Lloyd Liebenberg
Wow!!! I think it's amazing that they caught so many!! These kinds of projects could make huge contributions to the research efforts.

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