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Unread postby DDW » Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:28 pm

My only sighting of bushpig in the KNP was in May of 2003 - a sounder of them were foraging at the 4-way junction barely a kilometer from Skukuza's main gate, just a couple of minutes before the gates closed

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Re: Bushpigs in the KNP

Unread postby Peter Betts » Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:12 pm

Wildman wrote:Bushpig in the KNP have always eluded my glimpses. They are mostly nocturnal but are seen in the day from time to time. I have seen several photographs but never the real deal...(I know that famous wildlife photographer Nigel Dennis has taken some really good photos.)

Rumours have it that the Pafuri region and Biyamiti are good areas to see them.
Are there any comments regarding bushpigs and sightings of them in the KNP?


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Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:49 pm

They are nocturnal. You will only rarely see them during day time. They also prefer more wooded areas, with plenty of undergrowth to hide in.

So if you want to see them ... take a night drive!
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Night Drive and Nature's Valley

Unread postby Wildman » Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:40 pm

I agree. I've been on about five night drives in my life, never saw one. The problem with a night drive is one might not see them in their full clarity.
I know the Nature's Valley (Part of Tsitsikamma National Park) has a very healthy, almost menacing population (at night) and often cause trouble around the garbage cans at night; would love to see a completely wild one though, especially in KNP.

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:15 pm

According to my books. It says Bushpig are more common in the Pafuri area (Especially Crooks Corner) & rarely found on the Sabie & Crocodile rivers.

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Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:50 pm

My only sighting of a bushpig was in September 1997 at Biyamiti. It was just outside the gate at 6.00 am in the morning as we were going out for our early morning drive.

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Unread postby Anthony » Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:25 am

I recently came back from doing the Eco Training practical in the Makuleke Concession and can tell you that we had some fantastic sightings of bushpig. If I can recall correctly, i had 31 separate sightings in the 28 days I spent there...thats only because there was one male bushpig that is a camp resident. We saw him every night around camp. We also had three other sightings on our drives and walks. They were all seen close to the Limpopo River.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Nov 18, 2006 7:00 pm

I spotted a Bushpig on the fence at Lower Sabie in July 2006.

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Unread postby Boulder » Sat Nov 18, 2006 10:04 pm

We saw 2 bushpig cross the tar road@ 6;30am this Sept 2006 just after entering Pafuri gate in the Makuleki concession.
Seems like a great area to see them based on what anthony said earlier
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:50 am

Wild about cats wrote:Didn't you take any pics? :(

No, it was late evening & Bushpig are very aggresive to bright light at night, it was making loud aggresive noises, the best place to photograph them is at Crooks Corner, since Bushpig are very rare, you'll be very lucky to even see one at Crooks Corner.

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Bushpig

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:22 am

Bushpig (Potamochoerus Larvatus)

Other Names:
Ger: Buschschwein
Fre: Potamochere
Afr: Bosvark
Xho, Zul: Ingulube

Description:
Mass: 45-115 kg
Shoulder height: 55-80 cm
ID Pointers:
- Very hairy large pig-like
- Hair is a dark-orange brownish with occasional grey along the spine.
Lifespan: 15 years
Main Predators:
1. Lion
2. Leopard
3. Wild Dog
4. Cheetah
5. Crocodile
Scent glands: Hoof, neck, lip, chin and preputial.
Senses: Poor sight, good hearing, very good smell.
Tusks: Reach up to 16 cm. Curve upward.

More info on Wikipedia.

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Unread postby Elsa » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:04 pm

monnevanloon wrote:Hi,Never seen one in ANY park..has someone seen them SOMEWHERE??Monné

Yup, seen one some years back in one of the KZN parks, it was snuffling around, while we were braaiing, I suspect waiting for a handout. :wink: :D
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Unread postby samas12 » Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:07 am

I saw a family of them in July at Mapungubwe. Stayed late the one afternoon in Maloustwa hide and a family came down for a drink.

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Unread postby lovehyena » Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:47 pm

we saw 3 at Addo in July this year while out on a guided night drive. They were pretty big, but didnt manage a photo as camera was on wrong settings!!

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Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:19 pm

monnevanloon wrote:Never seen one in ANY park..has someone seen them SOMEWHERE??

Yep. In the KNP I've seen two on the morning of October 29, 2006 running around in a Fever Tree forest near Makwadzi pan; and a single specimen on the evening of October 7, 2007 at Mathapela Spring.

monnevanloon wrote:I doubt they exist

Hereby dispelled.

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