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Dwarf Mongoose are the smallest of mongoose in SA. They are very social animals & are great characters to watch. It will be worth your while to watch them for as long as you can if on a game drive. Often you may catch a glimpse of them initially as they scatter & hide in burrows or temporary shelters. However, if you switch off your engine & sit quietly they will eventually start popping out to see if all is safe & then play among each other giving you entertaining pleasure well worth the…

Dwarf Mongoose are the smallest of mongoose in SA. They are very social animals & are great characters to watch. It will be worth your while to watch them for as long as you can if on a game drive. Often you may catch a glimpse of them initially as they scatter & hide in burrows or temporary shelters. However, if you switch off your engine & sit quietly they will eventually start popping out to see if all is safe & then play among each other giving you entertaining pleasure well worth the…

When a zebra foal is born the mother keeps all other zebras (even the members of her family) away from it for 2 or 3 days, until the young foal learns to recognize her by sight, voice and smell. This is done while remaining within the herd structure for safety against predators, but the mother will constantly move in front of the direct eyesight of the youngster to ensure that it only sees and smells her, and absolutely nothing else, for the first few days of its life

When a zebra foal is born the mother keeps all other zebras (even the members of her family) away from it for 2 or 3 days, until the young foal learns to recognize her by sight, voice and smell. This is done while remaining within the herd structure for safety against predators, but the mother will constantly move in front of the direct eyesight of the youngster to ensure that it only sees and smells her, and absolutely nothing else, for the first few days of its life

The impressive territorial roars of lions during the night is the quintessential sound of the African bushveld. Did you know that the roar of a Lion is audible for up to ..... 10km!!!!

The impressive territorial roars of lions during the night is the quintessential sound of the African bushveld. Did you know that the roar of a Lion is audible for up to ..... 10km!!!!

Interactions with crocs were a regular occurrence in tribal days thus the village healers often faced dealing with bitten off limbs. As a result 2 discoveries have been made – 1stly recordings of amputations done in remote villages of surprisingly advanced nature & 2ndly, archaeological finds have included artificial legs made from wood, ivory or metal. As part of the process, powerful oral anesthetics were also developed to kill the pain whenever amputations were required.

Interactions with crocs were a regular occurrence in tribal days thus the village healers often faced dealing with bitten off limbs. As a result 2 discoveries have been made – 1stly recordings of amputations done in remote villages of surprisingly advanced nature & 2ndly, archaeological finds have included artificial legs made from wood, ivory or metal. As part of the process, powerful oral anesthetics were also developed to kill the pain whenever amputations were required.

Jackals are territorial & work in pairs - the bane of many a sheep farmer. Should an alpha male be killed the territory becomes open to the submales around. By dominating breeding cycles, alpha-females can keep whole areas unproductive, but interlopers will chase her away once her mate is killed, & once gone, younger females will breed. There will soon be more pups around to bother the farmer

Jackals are territorial & work in pairs - the bane of many a sheep farmer. Should an alpha male be killed the territory becomes open to the submales around. By dominating breeding cycles, alpha-females can keep whole areas unproductive, but interlopers will chase her away once her mate is killed, & once gone, younger females will breed. There will soon be more pups around to bother the farmer

Baboons Troops follow very strong and structured order.  Dominant males lead the troops and direct their movements, with subordinate males traveling towards the rear.   Low-ranking females are located on the perimeter of the troop. High ranking females, which are more likely to have infants, are likely to be found towards the centre of the group.

Baboons Troops follow very strong and structured order. Dominant males lead the troops and direct their movements, with subordinate males traveling towards the rear. Low-ranking females are located on the perimeter of the troop. High ranking females, which are more likely to have infants, are likely to be found towards the centre of the group.

Giraffe have a distinctive walking gait, moving both right legs forward, then both left. At a gallop, however, the giraffe simultaneously swings the hind legs ahead of and outside the front legs, and are able to reach speeds of up to 60 kilometers an hour.

Giraffe have a distinctive walking gait, moving both right legs forward, then both left. At a gallop, however, the giraffe simultaneously swings the hind legs ahead of and outside the front legs, and are able to reach speeds of up to 60 kilometers an hour.

In earlier days, Zulu parents would often use the kudu to teach their children about the futility of fighting, as when 2 males fight their horns can interlock and become inextricably locked together and thus ends up killing them both from hunger and thirst as they are unable to separate.   Kudu skulls found in this situation would be taken back to the Chief who would display them to the tribe to remind all of the futility of senseless strife

In earlier days, Zulu parents would often use the kudu to teach their children about the futility of fighting, as when 2 males fight their horns can interlock and become inextricably locked together and thus ends up killing them both from hunger and thirst as they are unable to separate. Kudu skulls found in this situation would be taken back to the Chief who would display them to the tribe to remind all of the futility of senseless strife

Cheetah are most often found in open woodland, savanna and semi-desert where there is enough space for them to run and be able to reach their extreme speeds, however, although having an open area for hunting has always been considered necessary, in the Kruger one finds cheetah in most of the eco-zones including the almost impenetrable Delagoa Thorn Thickets!

Cheetah are most often found in open woodland, savanna and semi-desert where there is enough space for them to run and be able to reach their extreme speeds, however, although having an open area for hunting has always been considered necessary, in the Kruger one finds cheetah in most of the eco-zones including the almost impenetrable Delagoa Thorn Thickets!