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 Post subject: The best time to be in Kruger - baby boom time!
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:34 pm 
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Personally I think the best time in Kruger is the end of November. :popcorn:
Sure, it is hot as the hinges of hell - even the vultures have to cool off,

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but it is so worth it. The impalas drop their lambs and they are the CUTEST! You should look out for the creches.
Around four in the afternoon they are put down for compulsory rest, and the ewes stand guard at the corners.

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This next lamb must have been dropped probably just that very minute, for the two of them were alone on a side road. Look at them keeping watch through this succession of photographs.

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This mom we found traipsing down the right side of the road, staring intently across the road into the bushes.
We thought she had spotted a predator, but she was only looking for her hidden lamb - because it was tea-time!

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You will see lots of little babies, but do try and resist popping one into the boot! :twisted:

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And my personal favourite miniature...

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I think he suddenly realised his mom wasn't close enough, so he quickly made tracks.

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In the next frame he drew up his upper lip and gave me a Kruger-class smile - but I'm not including it - I have private copyright; :naughty: a one in a million photo (check my avator for a hint).

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Satara Area
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Imberbe wrote:
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Apparently the impalas can 'knyp' for another two weeks if necessary, and wait for the rain before dropping.


That is one of many myths you find regarding nature.

It is a biological impossibility for an antelope to keep her young for two weeks longer inside her womb. She would not be able to give birth, because the fawn would have grown too large. Many females would die!

The time when the young are born, is dictated by the time of the rut. This does differ from year to year by up to two weeks, since it is triggered by the moon cycle. :wink:


:redface: Thus a 'rural myth'? Oddesy, you didn't perhaps also hear it from a game ranger on a game drive? I suppose it makes sense about the moon. :hmz: I suppose whatever causes it, it's an involuntary reflex - nature looking after its own. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Satara Area
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I saw fawns last year on 15 Nov in the south - and know some had been reported being seen in the north as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Satara Area
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I was told that the peak of the rutting season is usually at full moon.


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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Satara Area
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Thanks Freda - and how long are they preggie for? (Guess who is calculating our chances of seeing fawns week after next :D )

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Satara Area
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Freda wrote:
194 - 200 days gestation period

My calculation says babies due any day soon :D

Whoo hoo - thanks Freda! Holding thumbs!

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Satara Area
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Impala are short-day breeders, with a restricted mating season in autumn. Studies in Zimbabwe showed that the peak of the rut varied by twenty days in five years. The timing is influenced by the lunar cycle, as most mating take place between the two full moons in May. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Satara Area
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Ive just called a friend who lives in Skukuza - he says that Skukuza has had some rain and that the Impala start lambing from the last week in November.
I then called Satara Reception - the lady there said that it had rained two days ago and there seems to be a possibility of rain for today. She also said that the Impala usually lamb after the first good rain.
Well between the moon and the rain I hope they lamb by the last week in Nov. - cant bare the thought of missing it again (will be in Satara 23 - 27 Nov.)


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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Satara Area
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The first babies have been seen near Punda :D
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 Post subject: Re: When will the new borns arrive?
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THEY ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw 2 this morning, just outside BnD!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: When will the new borns arrive?
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This is probably a stupid question: How fast do they grow up to "adult" size? :redface:

About two years. The male's horns start to turn at 2 years if I'm not mistaken.


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 Post subject: Re: When will the new borns arrive?
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Ok - I am like a doting mother here I know. But seeing the lambs was such a special experience!!!

We entered Kruger on 15 Nov right down south, and on 19 Nov saw our first baby at Shingwedzi. The first pic here is the first baby we saw. It was late, and across the river, so not a great pic. Look to the left, under the rams snout - there is the baby.

We again saw babies at Punda area.

They are amazingly agile and energetic! And some are naughty ;) They run away from the herd, then stand bleating like crazy!

Sorry, but the light was very bad, so the pics are not too great! And as Lourens said, they are hidden well, so getting a decent pic is not easy!

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 Post subject: Re: When will the new borns arrive?
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Awwwwww.....too sweet!!! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: When will the new borns arrive?
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Hi Nico - I saw many pregnant impala ewes - so I think some lambs are still going to be born over the next few weeks. It seems an area 'thing' to me. I never saw babies in the Lower Sabie, Satara, Letaba, Olifants, Pafuri area last week.

I would guess you will see some very small ones still in the first week of December.

I also noticed they seem to be more visible towards the evenings.

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 Post subject: Re: When will the new borns arrive?
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:55 pm 
Those are lovely photos, DB. :clap:

Unfortunately my first “baby sighting” did not give me a good photo, but just to see that tiny little thing was so great. 8)
Our first sighting was Tuesday last week, just outside the fence at Sirheni….the ewe was however very tense and when she saw me, she and baby made a run for it.
We had several sightings after this in the Punda and Pafuri area.

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