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 Post subject: Re: Addo Park Experiences
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:39 am 
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My Best Rhino Sighting

I went to the park on xxxxx. It was late in the afternoon when I stopped on some high ground to have a look around that I noticed in the distance from where I had just come an animal that looked like a rhino walking along. It was when he turned side on that I was sure that it was a rhino. I drove back the few kilometers as fast as the speed limit allowed me to go and I was the first at the rhino that was then walking next to the road in the direction of the waterhole. I was then able to follow the rhino for the two kilometers to the waterhole and watch him have a drink. What a special moment this was and here are a few pics that I took

Removal of Rhino postings and photographs

I have made the decision to remove the photographs from my rhino postings in support of the Anti Rhino Poaching Campaign.
My reasoning for this decision is that I do not want the photos to be used by the poaches in the location of rhino.

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Park Experiences
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:24 pm 
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And I have been going since 1972 on a regular basis and only seen a rhino once. I am afriad that I envy you so much.


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 Post subject: Re: Addo Park Experiences
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:30 pm 
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Ronnie, that really special :clap: Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Addo Park Experiences
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A blackie out in broad daylight - certainly a VERY special experience! :mrgreen:

I definitely need to return to Addo to hopefully see one myself. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Park Experiences
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:08 am 
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When we lived in Port Elizabeth in the 80s an 90s we went to Addo nearly every weekend. First the elephants were in a small enclosure where they were fed oranges. Then they opened up the enclosure so that you could travel through it and the ele's had to get used to not having their daily rations of oranges. We loved Addo I have many old photographs of Addo and will post them for you all to see, I am busy scratching them out. I dont know if anyone knew pixie the black rhino, only had one ear I have a wonderful black and white picture of her. Does anyone know what happened to her. Also when we used to go we very seldom saw the buffalo, but I see now that they are not so spooks anymore. Addo really has changed so much I think its high time we went down to Addo maybe this year, but I believe the bookings to get in are quite something. Anyway please wait for the pictures and see what Addo looked like back then!!!!! :thumbs_up: Mama Fariu


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 Post subject: Re: Addo Park Experiences
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:28 am 
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Hi Mama Fariu,

WELCOME :D :clap:

I am looking forward to you posting your photos here, I am sure it will bring back great memories.
Sorry I can not help you with any info regarding pixie the rhino but judging from the dates that you gave when you visited Addo I am sure that pixie would have been one of the rhino relocated out of Addo.
Buffalo sightings in the newly opened southern section where there are more open spaces have been great lately.

Hope to see your pictures soon :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Park Experiences
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Ellies having a Mud Bath

I was at Hapoor Dam this hot summers day when this breeding herd of ellies came along to cool off with a mud bath.
There was a large bull ellie with them and I noticed that he was not having a bath but kept himself busy moving around the heard while they were having their mud bath when all of a sudden I heard him trumpeting and all the ellies scampered out of the waterhole leaving him the whole waterhole to himself where he then proceeded to have his mud bath all on his own............

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Here you can see the ellies scrambling out of the waterhole

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The Bull Ellie having the waterhole all for himself.........

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Video of ellis having a mud bath


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RonnieL wrote:
[u][b]Was it Jack the rhino that I fed and was the game ranger Karools Goliath?
My guess is that I will never know.


Ronnie, I checked with the Park staff who have been around for a while and it may well have been Jack that you fed. The ranger was definitely Karools Goliath.

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Park Experiences
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Hi Megan, WOW what a pleasant surprise, :big_eyes:
Thanks for finding out about Jack and Karools Goliath. The feeding of the rhino was not continued for a long time and when it was stopped we never saw the rhino again when we went down there. :cry:

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jonjon wrote:
And I have been going since 1972 on a regular basis and only seen a rhino once. I am afriad that I envy you so much.

Hi to jonjon, LS and Toko,
Thanks to you guys. :thumbs_up: I must say to get a sighting like I had of the rhino is a case of being at the right place at the right time, I could have missed it so easily :clap:

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Red Hartebeest

I was driving along in the Woodlands area of the Park when I noticed this Red Hartebeest male walking along and coming in my direction.
As he came closer I stopped to watch him.

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He then crossed the road in front of me and continued to walk next to the road for a distance. I was able to follow him driving
and taking a video of him walking. He then suddenly stopped, scratched the ground with his hoof and did his toileting.
Here is the video I took


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Thanks Ronnie,

I also personally do have great memories with elephants at Hapoor :clap: :clap:

Great that you just brought some memories back :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Addo Park Experiences
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Hi Pumbaa,
I am pleased that you have pleasant memories. I do hope that you visit Addo soon again. :thumbs_up:
The game viewing has taken on a new dimension with the addition of the Southern Section

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Addo on a Rainy Day.

During the month of Dec 2010 Addo had a few rainy days. I decided to go out to Addo on one of these rainy days to experience a day in the rain at Addo.
It had been raining most of the night and early in the morning I drove out to Addo and when I got to the Matyholweni Gate it was still raining softly.

I found this snail crossing the tarred road. (I wonder how long it took to cross the road?)

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I drove a short way into the Park and found these European Swallows sitting on the edge of the road

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This one had perched itself on a stone.

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This is the Lesser Striped Swallow

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Later the morning the rain stopped and the sun was shining for a short while when I came across this little pool of water next to the road on Harvey's Loop. I decided to stop and watch all the activity going on at this little pool.
There were these Pearlbreasted Swallows collecting mud to build their nests.

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If you look carefully you can see fresh Buffalo spoor in the mud

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