Today, the 22nd of September is labelled as, ‘World Rhino Day.’ A day that is dedicated to raising awareness in order to combat the plight of an iconic animal.
Once I knew what they were talking about, my heart rate and excitement skyrocketed. The ranger that had spotted them earlier said it looked like they were ready to be on the move again.
African Rock Pythons are currently listed in the South African Red Data Book as vulnerable. Large ones are often killed as they are a threat to local communities and their livestock. Therefore, the really big ones are an incredibly rare sight.
We decided to try the nearby water sources and see what nature had in store for us. Nothing was found near the water sources so we decided to go back to the kill site and follow the tracks from there. But that was not necessary!
I made my way north along the river to see if maybe we could spot a crocodile or even some Hippos, when we had the best possible surprise and sighting of the morning!
This action is commonly referred to as necking, but in fact is known as ‘sparring’. ‘Necking’ refers to the behaviour between males and females during courtship or bonding.
Hyenas are a well-known animal as they have featured in a few TV shows and movies, with probably one of the most famous being The Lion King, housing a reputation and a bad one at that.
Most of us are aware of the situation we are currently facing with the huge rhino poaching crisis in Southern Africa. This makes every sighting that we get of rhinos even more special than ever before…
Now that the bush has undergone its transition from its lush, green summer look to the various shades of winter browns, the cats that live out here gain the ultimate advantage. Camouflage!
There was no reason for the leopard to be alarmed but after about 5 minutes of lying down and watching them, he suddenly jumped up and went for them…
We were driving along a particularly straight section of the road when I spotted a very strange looking creature about 50 m ahead slowly meandering down towards us. It took a couple of seconds for my mind to figure out the shape at that distance, but when I did my heart skipped a beat. Not able to control my excitement I hushed to my guests…
This young elephant was only a couple of months old. It was being rather silly and excitedly ran between other members of the herd, then back to mom for some assurance and then back to the others once again.
Today, Giraffes are considered vulnerable on the IUCN Red List (estimated population of +-100 000 individuals) with some subspecies listed as endangered.
After the snack was complete the bird scurried along the ground before it took flight and that was the moment when we could 98% positively identify it!
They are fast, large, agile snakes, highly venomous and very aggressive when threatened. This is not a snake you want to upset! They are the largest venomous snake in Africa and are blamed for numerous deaths. Any guesses what this snake might be?
Their name comes from their unique flight displays they perform. They will perform a fast, shallow dive from a considerable height with a rocking and rolling motion and a distinctive high-pitched vocalisation call.
It seemed no other animal had noticed it yet as the Buffalo carcass was in a very difficult spot in the middle of a muddy waterhole and really difficult to get to, unless you were happy to get wet and muddy.
Congratulations to our winning entries in the Kapama Private Game Reserve Ranger Wildlife Photography competition.
We received over 200 wildlife photos and choosing the winner was a tough decision.