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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Animals
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:51 pm 
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Beautifull pic's Trevor...where are all the other ??

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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Animals
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Some highlights from our trip last weekend :D

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 Post subject: Rats
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Because of the dryness in the area near Addo Main Camp, a lot of rats are visible.

What rats are these? They have the face of Rattus Rattus, but seem to have a fatter body and a shorter tail. I "identified" them as Karoo Bush Rats, based on the fact that they were in a dry area and were eating plants. But Karoo Bush Rats are not on the Addo mammal list.

So what are they?

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 Post subject: Re: Rats
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Addo Bush Rats? :shock:
Seriously, maybe it is because of the extreme dry weather that the Karoo Bush Rat has penetrated an area into which it does not normally go. :?

We have Cape Gerbils in our retaining wall despite the fact that the habitat in which they live was eradicated in our suburb a decade ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Rats
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 Post subject: Muddy African Buffalo
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While at Domkrag last week this African Buffalo came strolling on his own started digging in the mud with his horns, he then buried his head and face into the mud hole and promptly lay down. I thought this type of behavior was done to cool down but the weather was cool, very overcast with light sprinkles of rain, can anyone explain ?

If I came home looking like this my wife would beat the hell out of me ... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Muddy African Buffalo
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Your posting bring back memories to this guy that we saw during our January 2007 visit. We saw him at at 07:05 at Gwarrie waterhole. When we returned to the waterhole at 17:40 he had just got out and was still dripping wet. From my other photo's of the day I can see that it was overcast on that day as well.

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I agree with AjayB, this must be some sort of health/beauty(?) treatment. Other "animals" (two legged sort) show the same tendencies. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Muddy African Buffalo
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GSlabbert and HoepHoep..Those pictures made my day as I leave for work :lol: :lol: :lol:

While I was at Addo recently I had quite a stubborn Buffalo encounter. I had a long time to examine him very close up. I was amazed at the parasite load on his skin. Thought it might have been one of the reasons for his irritable mood :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Muddy African Buffalo
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Also at Hapoor...

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 Post subject: Re: Muddy African Buffalo
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This was taken at Carol's rest. Not a dirty buffalo, but one that was enjoying a break from the sun.

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a little while later a bigger ellie came to quench his thirst and the buffalo decided that caution was the better part of valour and made a quick retreat. I did not get a photo of the "retreat" but I did get one of the new inhabitants of the water hole at Carol's rest.

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I jst loved the place. Note the family of warthogs in the background.

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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Animals
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:57 pm 
Here's an old pic from CUSTOS 1978:

A tame bushpig in camp...or something like that!

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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Animals
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I know the discussion about Leopards are few month back but since then little Information occur. How often are they seen? How many of then live there? --> density!

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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Animals
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Nobody would beleive me, but about 18 months ago, I went to camp at Addo...I sat wrapped up in my eskimo suit teh whole night at Nyhati waterhole, where 2 female rhinos came down to drink, as well as a bull rhino. I managed to get a shot of it, even in poor light.

That same night, after all the 'action' I heard a really funny noise, almost like a rasping.
It was more akin to wood being sawn, it was either a lion, or leopard. Whever it was it never showed itself, and I am left to wonder what roams in teh dark shadows Im hoping its a leopard. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Animals
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Sounds a lot like it Nicky.

Maybe the Addo cam will reveal things in the dead of night, and those around the curvature of the earth might see them.

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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Animals
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Hey BB, I hope so. I see on another forum here, there is a daylight shot of a leopard in Addo on a dirt road....
Im sure there are in the Zuurberg section (as I have been told so by the trackers who work in the Elephant back safaris), but i skeptical if there are any in Darlington Section?

Out fo interest I kinda think that Leopards are far more wide spread than what we think. I read a sad story in the EP Herald newspaper a few months back, where a leopard was killed in a snare eant for an antelope on someone's farm, scarcely 8Km from Port Elizabeth in Seaview.

Its just really nice to know they are around, even though they may be elusive.

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