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Relaxed Leopard Tracking

Relaxed Leopard Tracking

So the cat and mouse game began! A great test of our tracking skills. When we arrived at the last seen spot of the male Leopard, we looked for any signs he left behind in order to get a direction of movement. We found some tracks moving in a westerly direction. Unfortunately for us…

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Cape Porcupine

One animal that we do not see often, but is very interesting, is the porcupine [Hystrix africaeaustralis]. Here are some facts about these mysterious and alien-looking creatures: • It is the largest rodent in the areas they live in and can weigh between 18 and 30kg. •...

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Nature

When we started our safari, it was overcast here on Kapama. The wind was extremely strong, going from north to south. This was unfortunate as we were going against the wind. However, my tracker, Stanley, spotted some fresh lion tracks which was promising as the wind...

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Southern Ground Hornbill

Today’s Blog Story I will be giving you some interesting facts about the Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri). This large bird can be found from northern Namibia and Angola to Northern South Africa to Burundi and Kenya. They are found in savanna habitat...

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The Flap-Necked Chameleon

One of my favourite nocturnal animals would have to be the flap-necked chameleon. The flapped-necked chameleon is a large chameleon. Colouration varies, from pale yellow through green shades to brown. These guys also display their colours depending on their moods; a...

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A closer look at segmented worms

Earthworms have a closed circulatory system. They have two main blood vessels that extend through the length of their body: a ventral blood vessel which leads the blood to the posterior end, and a dorsal blood vessel which leads to the anterior end. The dorsal vessel...

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More than one surprise

We set off on our afternoon safari a little earlier than usual –it was my guests’ first drive but I decided to try and find the infamous and secretive leopard. We went to the area where a young male leopard had been seen that morning. One of my fellow rangers had...

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Rhino Tracking

On the morning of Tuesday 21 March, we set out with the mission of finding some rhinos. Sometimes these animals prove to be easy to find, and other times very difficult to find. We had an idea of where they had been the day before and went straight to that area. On...

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Best of both

This morning we started our game drive with the plan of looking for a big male lion and if we were lucky enough, to see a leopard. We found a few fresh leopard tracks early in the drive and started to follow up on the signs. After a bit of following we came to an area...

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What a great course

For the last three days, myself and a few other rangers and trackers participated in a course – the first subject being tracks and signs, and the second being trailing. Colin Patrick was the leader of the course and he made it extremely enjoyable – it was a great way...

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Weights and lifespans

Adding to my previous story on the 3rd of May 2013 about the gestation periods and the amounts of young that are born, I would like to give you the next set of numbers for these animals and also things that we as ranger should know as it is asked by a lot of people....

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Who let the dogs out

We were fortunate to have a pack of wild dogs on Kapama. Wild dogs require massive home ranges and decided to pass through our reserve. I was on my afternoon game drive when I heard on the radio that this pack had been found so I responded immediately. Luckily for us,...

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A new adventure

It has been a great month so far; some say we guides have seen everything. Well, I saw something that I have never really seen before. I’ve seen them run across the road or into the thick bushes before, never have I had proper visual. They fall in my personal top 3...

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Common questions

Some of the questions that we get asked the most is the gestation periods and how many young each animal gives birth to. So today I am going to give you a list of some of the animals of the gestation and number of births per animal: Animal: Gestation: Number of young:...

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Another beautiful day in Africa

This afternoon, my guests were specifically interested in seeing the hippo, therefore, I make it my priority to try and find a couple. We searched from dam to dam and luckily just as the sun was setting we found a few in the water. I told my guests that this is the...

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The smaller things

We had a good morning on safari. We watched a herd of elephants drinking and swimming in a watering hole – something that is quite exciting to see. We watched them for quite some time and then decided to stop for a quick coffee break. While chatting to the guests, I...

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Something interesting about fish

Some interesting facts about interesting things that we don’t see too often. For example FISH. We don’t see them on drive, we know they are there, but some people are unaware of them. First of all, fish are cold blooded (ectothermic) – they do not regulate their own...

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The double kill

After almost three years of not seeing them, we happen to be lucky to have them visiting Kapama – this is what some call the cape hunting dog or painted dogs. The common name, the African wild dog. It is always great to see this highly endangered animal but especially...

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The Pangolin

The pangolin is a species on its own. There is no similar species in the region. It lives in dry woodland savanna areas but also in grassland and semi-dessert areas – areas where there is still some annual rainfall. They do not stay in cold areas as their prey (ants...

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