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Kingfishers

A common sight near the shoreline of healthy water bodies in southern Africa is that of a black and white kingfisher energetically hovering about five metres above the surface before plunging head-first into the water and emerging with a fish in its bill. The bird, a Pied kingfisher in this case, then heads for a […]

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Pangolins

Shout “pangolin” (relatively quietly) to the guide driving a game-viewing vehicle in Southern Africa and he or she will stop faster than if you had you said “pink elephant”.  Pangolins, sometimes known as Scaly anteaters, are considered, even by those with years of bush experience, such unusual sightings that their presence always generates excitement and […]

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Leopards and their prey

In August Seolo Africa regional manager Gerrit Meyer filmed a fascinating interaction between a leopard and a porcupine on a road close to our Rhino Post Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park (KNP). The young leopard was trying to figure out how to eat the equally juvenile porcupine which, in turn, was just as […]

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The Lions’ Roar

By Mike Cadman A male lions’ deep far-carrying roar is one of the best known sounds of the bush.  Some have heard the real thing often when visiting wild places but many of us have to be content with listening the imperious and awe inspiring call in movies, wildlife documentaries or on WhatsApp postings from friends. […]

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Knock Knock

Woodpeckers are more common than many people realize but even if you have not seen one in the wild large numbers of people have childhood memories of energetic “cartoon woodpeckers” furiously bashing their bills against trees, sending clouds of woodchips flying everywhere. And it is this habit, perhaps somewhat exaggerated in the cartoons,  which makes these […]

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Are you laughing at me?

For many years Spotted hyenas were disdainfully regarded as mere scavengers and, as late the as the 1920s were, like most predators, shot as vermin, even in National Parks. What a pity then that people did not pay more attention the words of the famous hunter and explorer Frederick Courtney Selous, who in his book, […]

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The Bite of a Black Mamba

Fake news is a popular term these days but in reality it has been around as long as humans. It used to be known as disinformation, rumour or even simply as lies. But call it what you will, no snake in Africa has been the subject of fake news more than the Black mamba. Everyone, […]

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A Prickly Affair

Porcupines are creatures of the night. Often unnoticed, they go about their lives eating fruit, tubers and plants but in the morning experts will notice their tracks, places where they have dug for food or have nibbled on tree bark. For most people the first inkling they have that porcupines are around is the discovery […]

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A Dazzle of Zebras

Author: Mike Cadman It’s been an age-old debate, and argument, amongst scientists, game rangers and wildlife enthusiasts – what is the ecological purpose of a zebras’ stripes? Some have argued that that the stripes form some sort of social signaling function, others suggest it has something to do with temperature regulation and still others believe, […]

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