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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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I simply love those cute little Squirrels kesheshe! Very entertaining! Thanks for the beautiful pictures! :clap: :clap:

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Day 8 - 10th October - (Continued)

Ground Squirrel

Breeding takes place all year long with a peak in the winter. Cape ground squirrels live in social groups with around 3 or 4 females. However, only one female is in estrous at a time. Once a female mates with a male, there is an average of a 48 day gestation period that ranges from 42 to 49 days. Females have a litter of 1 to 3 pups that are altricial; they are blind and naked when they are born. Pups come out of the burrow at the age of 45 days. Females nurse the young for an average of 52 days, so the pups eat solid food approximately 7 days after leaving the burrow. At the age of 153 days, the pups have reached adult size of 570 g. Pups do not reach sexual maturity until 8 months for males and 10 months for females. Once males reach sexual maturity, they disperse from the burrow, while females remain in the social group.

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Slender Mongoose

Slender Mongoose can breed several times per year and after a gestation period of 60 - 70 days, 1 - 3 young are born in a den. Males do not take part in caring for their young, it is the sole responsibility of the female.

By the time the young reach 3 weeks old they have their eyes open and at 4 weeks old, they leave the nest. At this point they begin to eat solid food and by the time they are 50 days old they are approximately two thirds of their adult weight.

They are weaned at 7 - 9 weeks old and they are independent at 10 weeks. They reach sexual maturity at 1 - 2 years of age

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After spending an extended time with these small animals we turned and started heading south back to camp.

GUESS WHAT ANIMAL WE SAW NEXT????

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Wonderful sightings and photo's!
Thanks for sharing!
I really appreciate your time and effort !
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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Beautiful picture kesheshe, you have been blessed with such great sightings

Thanks for sharing :gflower:

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Aha! The SO did some proof reading - a squirrel is a squirrel is a squirrel. Image

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Thank you for more of these awesome Squirrel pictures kesheshe! :clap: :clap:

Stunning sighting of the Slender Mongoose too! Thanks again for all the information about these animals! :dance: :dance:

kesheshe wrote:
GUESS WHAT ANIMAL WE SAW NEXT????


African Wild Cat? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Just love the Squirrels :dance: They are so cute :D .

Great pic of the Slender Mongoose as well :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Kesheshe, I'v being doing a bit of catch up on your report.

I love your night picture of the water hole. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: So atmospheric.

Lovely sightings and :cam: and I am certainly learning lots.

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Day 8 - 10th October - (Continued)

After stretching our legs at union end we turned around and headed south back towards Grootkolk on arriving at union ends waterhole we had the most surprising sighting. As we turned the corner about 50 – 75 metres away from the waterhole I saw some movement but couldn't not identify the animal type but could see that it was not an antelope.

Remembering that we were on the Nossob river bed I assumed lion as this entire river bed is dominated with lion. We drove up very slowly hoping the animal or whatever it was would not move. This proved to be successful as we reached the waterhole the following was lying waiting for us.

Cheetah

Their deep chests and enlarged hearts, lungs and nostrils help cheetahs take in more oxygen during intense chases. Their high-set eyes have a 210-degree field of view. Non-retractable claws help them gain traction when running on soft ground, and their tails help them balance as they make sharp, high-speed turns while chasing their prey.

Full-grown cheetahs are about 4 feet (1.2 m) long, not including a 30-inch (76-centimeter) tail. They weigh about 75 to 145 pounds (34 to 66 kilograms) and are 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 m)tall at the shoulder.

Cheetahs' golden coats are embellished with many small black spots, which helps them blend in with their grassy habitat.

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Not only did we have cheetah not 2 but 4. It appears to be a mother and 3 older sub adults. They were lying in the sand no more than 5 metres from the road. Can any one help with the ID? :pray: :pray:

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Stunning Cheetah sighting kesheshe! Great pictures too! :clap: :clap:

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stunning sightings and pictures again, kesheshe :clap: :clap: :clap:

Great that you found the cobra that soon already :thumbs_up:

I guess, it will be difficult to id the cheetahs from these pictures but I am not an expert.

I love the mongoose and the squirrels :dance: :dance: :dance:

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kesheshe,

Adorable squirrel :cam: ..captured beautifully. 8)

Stunning Cheetah sighting and pics. :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing your interesting TR with tons of information. :thumbs_up:

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Take a bow....superb sightings and images and love the stories :clap: :clap:

Cheetah family :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Beautiful Cheetah pics, what a great sighting, thanks for sharing :gflower:

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Wow what a sighting and such beautiful photos of the cheetahs.


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