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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:43 pm

Sorry, guys...no pic , no way! 8)

OWN, that reclusive behaviour is typical of Grysbok, and they can appear very small... :?

The Skukuza suni were in a holding camp in preperation for their move to other areas, and started dying so a couple were released/escaped.

Certainly not Berg&Dal!

Punda may have been an area for them in the old days, but now, who knows?

I'm sure they are extinct in Kruger, IMHO! :?

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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:59 pm

I'm off to find myself a Suni. This time tomorrow will be in Suni habitat 8) Punda, here I come.
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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby oddesy » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:15 pm

good luck MM :thumbs_up: 8) maybe it can be a belated christmas present
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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:17 pm

A Suni and a big tusker for Aat :wink:
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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:28 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:I'm off to find myself a Suni. This time tomorrow will be in Suni habitat 8) Punda, here I come.
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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:36 pm

Richprins wrote:OWN, that reclusive behaviour is typical of Grysbok, and they can appear very small...

I'm sure they are extinct in Kruger, IMHO! :?


Thanks, Richprins, for the response. :thumbs_up: I considered Grysbok very carefully, but the coat was a fair amount more reddish and we could not see any grizzling on the back. I have seen Sharpe's many times and this looked quite a lot smaller. I also considered juvenile grysbok, but the descriptions in the reference books favoured Suni a lot more.
Unfortunately, just as I lifted my camera, it sneaked gently behind a hillock, never to emerge.

As to your latter statement about suni extinction in Kruger, chat to the owner of the shop and restaurant in Punda, and he will detail to you how he saw a suni and fawn frozen in his headlights one night while taking staff back to their homes. :cam:
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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby Richprins » Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:07 pm

Good news!

But a :cam: would be nice!

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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby garrow » Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:47 pm

I saw a suni at 4.45am on the 31st december on the tar road about .75km from punda maria camp. The suni's eyes were reflecting off my car's headlights. This little suni was walking rapidly from bush to bush where it would stand still at the bush briefly before moving to the next bush. It definitely did not run from bush to bush. It definitely was not a steenbok, a sharpes grysbok or a common duiker as I have seen all of these on numerous occasions. This is my second sighting of suni, the first was many years ago on the sabie river near kruger gate.

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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:34 pm

Richprins wrote:Good news!

But a :cam: would be nice!

I find it interesting that, out of all the claimed sightings of suni on this forum, no-one has been able to actually post a picture! :hmz: :hmz: Why would this be?

I was very close - i lifted my cam and, as I was waiting for it to switch on properly, the little guy walked behind a hillock. Close, but as far as anyone else is concerned re suni pics. :(
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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:37 pm

Fantastic, garrow! :clap: :clap: A suni for the second time ... that's amazing, especially as it is one of the rare 5, no?
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Suni in Kruger

Unread postby terryc » Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:18 pm

I have read in many books that the Suni is the smallest buck in Kruger, and can only be found in the extreme north. I have never seen one, and have asked the rangers at both Punda Maria and at Pafuri private camp. They also have never seen one.

Has anyone seen a Suni, and what size are they. Are they much smaller than a steenbok.
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Re: Suni in Kruger

Unread postby bert » Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:20 pm

Believe they can not be found in Kruger anymore

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Re: Suni in Kruger

Unread postby terryc » Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:14 pm

Thanks Bert.

Any idea where they can be found?
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Re: Suni in Kruger

Unread postby Bushmom » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:47 am

Or seen a suni recently on any other road?
I remember seeing one about 50 years ago near Pafuri picnic site. We could not believe our eyes! Never saw one again though.
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Re: Antelope: Suni

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:18 pm

Has anyone recently seen this delightful, graceful little buck? Any pics would be awesome too. :huh:
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