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Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:35 am 
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christo wrote:
WAC....I wish I could have seen your face when you've read it!


What is THAT supposed to mean? :roll:

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Well Done Guys. The score stands as follows:
christo : 12 points
jonty1 : 11 points
MarkWildDog : 8 points
Freda : 3 points
WELSH_ASH : 1 point


christo : I'm not sure that 26cm is big enough, did you quote that from somewhere?

Jonty1 : Well answered b)

MarkWildDog : I felt that you didn't say enough about the breeding patterns, next time please discribe it a little better. :D

Freda : Welcome!

The answer:

a)Bushbuck

b) Breed all year with a peak in the summer rainy season. A single (rarely two) lamb is born in thick and dense cover after a gestation period of 6 months. It remains hidden for up to 4 months, and is weaned at 6-8 months. It reached sexual maturity atone year, but the males horn only devolop fully at three.

c) Only the rams carry horns. They are smooth with a slight twist. 0,3 - 0,5 m in legnth.

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Question Five

I am mainly nocturnal but also sometimes seen in the day. I am wherever termites are. I have anal scent glands. I breed in the dry winter season.

a) Who am I?

b) Who is my main predator and why?

c) Discribe my senses.

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a) Aardvark

b) The aardvark's main predators are lions, leopards, hunting dogs and pythons. Aardvarks can dig fast or run in zigzag fashion to elude enemies, but if all else fails, they will strike with their claws, tail and shoulders, sometimes flipping onto their backs to lash with all fours. Its thick skin also protects it to some extent.

c) The mouth is small and tubular, typical of species that feed on termites. The aardvark has a long, thin, protrudable tongue and elaborate structures supporting a keen sense of smell.
(I don't know if this is the right answer)


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Wild about cats wrote:
christo : I'm not sure that 26cm is big enough, did you quote that from somewhere?


Yes from "Die Soogdiergids" by Burger Cillie, Briza publications, ISBN 1 875093 11 7

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I'll check it out. I gave you the point anyway...I've learned to trust what you write is a quote. :lol:

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If it is a winter breeder, it cannot be Aardwolf.

1) The Aardvark (Antbear)
2) Predators are lion leopard and Brown Hyaena, spotted hyaena, cheetah, AWD's & Pythons. The main predator (besides man), varies according to the area you find it in, but leopard and lion are the two that kills the most antbears in general. (If you look at Kruger, I would guess Lion, but could not confirm this beyond reasonable doubt by working through about six sources!)(YET)
3) Senses are:
Eyesight: poor
Smell: VERY Good. Refer to Jonty1 for the whole story :P
Hearing: good
Feeling: not documented :lol:
Taste- cannot be good if you live off termites! :shock:
6'th sense-unknown


Interesting is the teeth:each has 1000-1500 hollow tubes cemented together to form a tooth, from there the order tubilidentata.

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theres very little difference between the aardvark and the pangolin with regards to your question, but lack of info about pangolin breeding season has made up my mind :D

a) The Aardvark

b) The aardvark's main predators are lions, leopards, hunting dogs and pythons. Aardvarks can dig fast or run in zigzag fashion to elude enemies, but if all else fails, they will strike with their claws, tail and shoulders, sometimes flipping onto their backs to lash with all fours. Its thick skin also protects it to some extent.

c) Aardvarks have more olfactory lobes than any other mammal and this gives them a highly developed sense of smell. Hearing is also well developed but is used primarily for detecting predators. Aardvarks have a scent gland in their groin area that superficially resembles a scrotal sac (in both sexes), and produces a musk-like yellow secretion. This is used to signal the presence of the animal and may be used for territorial marking.

keep em coming MAC, they're great :D


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Sorry guys, I got you all. Not one person got it right.
The score stands as follows:
christo : 13 points
jonty1 : 11 points
MarkWildDog : 8 points
Freda : 3 points
WELSH_ASH : 1 point
Inasmal : 0 points


christo : I'm very surprised. You got the animal wrong, but you got b) right.

jonty1 : I was killing to give you a point for answering clearly and well but that would be unfair. Sorry. You should have gone with pangolin! :(

Inasmal : Welcome! Don't worry, you aren't the only one who got it wrong, so try again!

The answer:

a) The cape pangolin or scaly anteater

b) The main predator is man. The flesh is considered a delicacy amoung indigionous populations. The claws and scales are used in medicines and as charms. If worn around the neck, pangolin scales are thought to prevent malaria. The Cape Pangolin is known as 'bwana mganga' or 'bwana doctor' in East Africa because every part of the body is said to have healing properties. Pangolins are often killed by electric fences.

c) Poor sight, good hearing and very good sense of smell.

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Question Six
I have hooves. I breed all year with a peak in the summer rainy season. I am not a pig. I have horns. I am too big for a cheetah to hunt. I live in a herd. I am very common. I have no present scent glands.

a) Who am I?

b) Discribe what I do when I am aggressive.

c) Where am I found in Kruger?

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HMMM....ok you got me, but at least i'm not the only one!

If Pangolin, habitat change is also a major enemy.

How about giving me a bonus point for giving the right answers on the senses?

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I did :D
Well done

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I'm sitting out on this one. But it's really interesting and I'm learning a lot about the animals.


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Why? Give it a shot! :D

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Okay WAC, this was close between Buffalo & Waterbuck... but Cheetah do hunt waterbuck so...

Wild about cats wrote:
a) Who am I?

Buffalo

Wild about cats wrote:
b) Discribe what I do when I am aggressive.

They make a stiff-legged gait or level or raise their heads. The show horn threats, head tossing, grunting. Herds will help or defend a member that is attacked, the herds also encircle weak, young or vunerable members. During an attack the herd memmbers would defend themselves by lowering and tossing their horns. They also may mob-attack intruders.

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c) Where am I found in Kruger?

They are found in any suitable habitat in Kruger. They are more common in the northern areas.


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