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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:17 am 
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Morning all
Last night we have a spotted eagle owl sitting next to the edge of the water on the road,was soon flying of, and when we cross the low water bridge there was a fish strugling to find it's way to the other side,it was resting every now and then,so we left it there and proceed with the drive.
Looks like the Genus Barbus.
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Eland and giraffes were found one's again close together and when I drove through Kukurasiep dry river bed we saw this toad in the road.
Karoo toad Bufo gariepensis
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Hartmann zebra's was found in the area of Oranjekom waterhole and on my way back springbok and klipspringers as well. Scrub hare as usual.
And a African wildcat.
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A porcupine at the end of the drive.


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Still great sightings, especially the AWC and the porcupine in the end :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Morning all
My guest from last night confuse the eland for lions,might be that they were to far and also the reflection of their eyes and colouration.
A silent drive:
gemsbok
scrub hare
spotted eagle owl


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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:lol: Lions in the park what a great idea. :dance: :clap: :clap: When can we expect this to happen AG? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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@ Picnic there are no plans for reintroduction of large predators in the Park,if you are interested you can read on page 7 under this Topic,this was also a question which was asked at one stage.


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:22 am 
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Augrabies Guru wrote:
Hi Malealea/Bush baptist/Forumites
The long awaiting answer from Dr.Marna Herbst(Ecologist)
According to her it is important to realize that Sanparks has adopted a conservation paradigm that acknowledges the flux of nature and the importance of spatial and temporal patchiness and habitat heterogenity.Therefore we have moved away from the old ''carrying capacity'' concept(farm for maximum productivity) to one that conciders that we are managing complex systems that are not stable but that are allowed to move and change within parameters.This is all part of the adaptive management approach and this will form the basis when we review the Augrabies management plan this year.

Currently there are no plan to reintroduce large predators in AFNP.The restoration and maintenance of ecosystems functions is a key objective for Sanparks and predators do play a important role in ecosystems.However many of the smaller parks are either constraint by their size or the land is degraded(agriculture etc.) or disturb or many of the ecosystems functions are not fully functioning(i.e. lack of herbivore assemblages).Each parkhas their own set of park specific objectives and for AFNP these objectivesfocus very much more on vegetation and landscapes rahter than predator introductions.Ecosystem functioning can also be achieved throught mimicking certain processes therefore the role of predators can also be achieved througt mimicking their role rather than introducing predators into the park.

In historical times,larger predators such as lions,brown and spotted hyena as well as leopard and cheetah has been recorded in the Northern Cape.However it is also important to remember that many of the species in historical times may onle have move through the area towards the Orange river,following the prey/herbivores but they may not have been permanently resident in the park/area.Therefore althought the these species historically present our parks will not be able to reintroduce them back(due to park size,degraded lands).

The leopards that you find in Augrabies is the same same species Panthera pardus that you will find in the Kalahari-all leopards in SA belong to the the same species althought in the Cedarberg the size of the leopards are smaller and they do call them Cape leopards,when looking at the genetics they also cluster separately than the rest of leopards in SA, however it is still classified as the same spesies.With reintroductions Sanparks will take into account geographic locations and species indroductions do not happen haphazardly(a good example here will be the proposal to reintroduce klipspringer in Mokala-we do not have a source population and following NEMBA disrtibution maps we need to source klipspringer from the Free state,thus can not use klipspringer from Augrabies or Karroo).

This was a detailed response,hopes it help

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Would be nice to have a black rhino or 2 on the southern bank of the park. :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Morning all
Last night eland were scatterd all over the area, it was found close to the restcamp, at Oranjekom waterhole and in the area of the Black ridges.
Scrub hare and red rock rabbit as well.

And then we also don't miss the smaller things like this gerbil:
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Hartmann zebra was found in the area of fonteintjie and on my way back klipspringers as well as springbok.
Spotted eagle owl.
African wildcat and genet about 30meters apart.


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Yay for the gerbil. :dance:

Do you have any photos of the Hartmann zebra?

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Saraf the Hartmann zebra's was a good sighting but to far for a pic, will keep it in mind next time.


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Bush Baptist wrote:
Would be nice to have a black rhino or 2 on the southern bank of the park. :whistle:

:hmz: Lets wait for the new Park Manager and see....


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Morning all
Giraffes in the area of Kukurasiep and a pair of eye's in a scrub while watching the giraffes, might be genet.
Gemsbok in the area of the Black Ridges and two scrub hares running on both sides of the road.
On my way back african wildcat and klipspringers, a red hartebees in front of the Black Ridges and a spotted eagle owl very close to the road.
Two eland bulls at the end of the drive close to the restcamp.


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Morning all
The following is the sightings from Sunday night:
A eland close to the restcamp and more eland in the Oranjekom area,gemsbok in the area of the black ridges.
Springbok,scrub hare and red rock rabbit as well.
The giraffes was found in the kukurasiep area on our way back.
The Highlight was a african wildcat,porcupine and stripe polecat.


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings
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Augrabies Guru wrote:
The Highlight was a african wildcat,porcupine and stripe polecat.

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: Must have been actually very boring to see all three on 1 night drive .... :tongue:


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