CyberDiary – 27 January 2012

CyberDiary – 27 January 2012
The pack of Wild dogs is finally back in Mashatu! We found the three adults and their seven pups in the Matebole River, just north of Main Camp. Out of all the predators, and perhaps even the majority of the bush’s many residents, African Wild dogs are definitely one of the most interesting and rewarding species to follow. We were watching the pack rest in the shade of a large Leadwood tree in the river, and after a while curiosity got the better of the inquisitive youngsters and they proceeded to surround the vehicle, sniffing it and staring at us with interest. It was amazing to see just how...
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CyberDiary – 20 January 2012

CyberDiary – 20 January 2012
The last couple of days at Mashatu have been rainy,  but very pleasant to say the least. The gentle drizzle that has been falling on the landscape has transformed it from dry and dusty to lush and aroma-filled. Most of the antelope have given birth by now, so there are plenty of impala, wildebeest and eland calves bounding about all over the reserve. The kudu females are still in the final phases of their pregnancies however, as this species only gives birth later in the season. With all these youngsters around, and some still on the way, the predators are making the most of the abundance of food. We...
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December Game Report

December Game Report
Landscape by André Snyman Weather Average temperatures during December ranged between 23°C and 35°C, with a recorded maximum of 40°C. The days following a really hot spell were usually fairly mild in comparison, as the late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms that invariably arrived after a hot day cooled everything down again. The bush is now in the full swing of summer, and the now fully blossomed flora is attracting a multitude of insects, which in turn heralds the arrival of some amazing birdlife. The reminiscent calls of the Woodland Kingfisher and Crested francolin fill the early...
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