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August Winds

August Winds
The August winds have once again brought change to underground hide.  New mammals, birds and herds have made regular visits to the hide this month making for an interesting viewing experience to all those who have visited the hide.     The past two weeks have seen large herds of antelope settling within close proximity to the waterhole of the underground hide. The antelope have become somewhat protective over the water source as the rivers on Mashatu have now almost entirely dried up. The bigger antelope such as eland are not shy to chase off the smaller impala when it come time for their...
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Elephant Update

Elephant Update
There has certainly been a lot of change for the elephants over the first few weeks of the New Year. A gap was shut between early rains in December and minimal rain coming into 2013. Our rain fall total for 2013 is nearly three times that of 2012 as a result of some serious and extensive flooding. That topic will be covered in the next installment of our month in review. For now, the focus remains on the elephants as they approached the big rain event which brought 220 – 300mm of rain in different parts of the reserve. Coming into January we saw elephants throughout the reserve with consistency, and...
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Elephant update – 24 December 2012

Elephant update – 24 December 2012
Life at Mashatu continues to be filled with unexpected treasures and beautiful encounters.  The start of December brought relatively heavy rainfall to most of the Tuli area ranging between 10–55mm, which has allowed the browsers, mixed feeders and grazers in particular to recover well from the previous dry conditions. Green grass is growing in large open spaces just south of Main Camp where many zebra, wildebeest and other herbivores are enjoying the reprieve. Elephants are likewise active in these grass covered expanses and have also made good use of the many pools that formed throughout the...
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Elephant update – 28 November 2012

Elephant update – 28 November 2012
November’s elephant activity has shown a combination of behaviours seen over the last few months. Some herds continue to travel in smaller family groups while others have merged their bond groups to form large herds. Large and small groups may remain localized to one area while others traverse the extent of the reserve. The reason for this variability is tied to rainfall. The rains continue to be inconsistent with pulses of showers initiating growth of grass and leaves in pulses as well. Consequently elephant movements have responded to availability of forage with similar movement pulses. Despite...
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Elephant update – 13 November 2012

Elephant update – 13 November 2012
A cow and her calf There are elephants aplenty as we move into mid November! As you may recall in previous installments, much was said about the movement of elephants in search of water during the dry winter season. And while I would not say we are out of the drought, the rains we’ve had have brought much relief to the thousands of wild creatures that have long awaited a reprieve. Leaves, flowers, and grass are growing. Migratory birds, water fowl and insects are flying about the reserve. And with them are our majestic, graceful, giants of Mashatu. It is typical to find elephants on the move...
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