Elephant update – 20 September 2012

Elephant update – 20 September 2012
This month has been a busy one, with guests visiting elephant herds during our specialised research game drive, The Ivory Drive, and with much time in the field with the research project itself. Guests have seen some lovely interactions between young elephants collecting foods dropped by their mothers, watching as they learn how to use their trunks, and generally seeing them become familiar with life as a Tuli elephant. With the bit of rain mentioned last time, and a few days with moisture in the air, elephant herds seem to be reforming into somewhat larger groups. Our last Ivory Drive participants...
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Cyberdiary – 26 September 2012

Cyberdiary – 26 September 2012
The past week at Mashatu delivered some amazing wildlife scenes, that unfolded before the very eyes of our guests. The camps have been busy, and listening to the stories around the campfire at dinner in the evenings, was a testament to just how productive the game drives were. During an afternoon game drive, we found a young male leopard lying in a drainage line. On the bank above the leopard, a herd of impala was walking towards a nearby Mashatu tree. These trees are a critical food source during winter, since they are evergreen trees that produce small fruits that baboons love to eat. While feeding...
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Cyberdiary – 14 September 2012

Cyberdiary – 14 September 2012
The past week at Mashatu has been filled with loads of general game and predator sightings. Aged kudu and eland bulls are particularly hard hit by the dry conditions. Their worn-down teeth make grinding fibrous vegetative content difficult, and they seldom obtain the necessary protein and nutrients from the remaining browse available, to have the strength to avoid apex predators such as lions and spotted hyenas. An adult eland bull manage to just escape the claws of a lone lioness, but the following day this same bull was was caught and killed by another pride. Same area, different pride of lions....
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Elephant update – 7 September 2012

Elephant update – 7 September 2012
Happy Spring Day, (September 1st)! The month of September is off to beautiful start, and spring is definitely in the air. With longer days and light availability seasonal changes have begun to unfold. Even without precipitation the leaves are greening, blossoms are emerging, and the wildlife is taking notice. While on our specialised elephant research drive, The Ivory Drive, this week guests were delighted to observe many species in action. The White-fronted Bee Eaters were busy catching insects as we passed en route to an elephant family group. The group found during the Ivory Drive was observed...
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August Game Report

August Game Report
Much warmer temperatures have filled the days and nights at Mashatu during the month of August. Although rain still remains a far-off and distant dream, there are signs of spring everywhere out there. Acacia tree species are all starting to blossom, and the air is filled with the sweet scent of flowers in bloom. However, when the wind comes up, which is mostly in the afternoons, dust is blown everywhere!  Care should be taken when using digital cameras, especially for those guests who changes lenses between different sightings. One amazing aspect of this dusty region these days, is that tracking spoor...
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