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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:51 am 
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Location: Germany (Bühl) - but dreaming of Africa!
On our last trip we saw 2 Honey Badgers on the tar road to Orpen.
Too quick for pictures, though

During one of our walks on Metsi-Metsi trail we saw 2 Honey Badgers on foot! :dance:
They let us come quite close – was really awesome!
I`m still sorting out my load of pics – will post one later.

Was a great sighting! :D

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Thank you for what you do :thumbs_up:
Its people like you that make such a difference
Thank you and keep up your amazing work :k


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Thanks for all your wonderful input here BadgerGirl :clap: :clap:
I'm fascinated by Honey Badgers since my first visit to Africa and it's great to get the chance to learn about these most amazing animals. Hope you tell us more about your work with the Badgers in the future :D :whistle:

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 Post subject: Frequently Asked Questions about the Honey Badger.
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What do their names mean?

According to the Beggs, their (honey badgers) scientific name Mellivora capensis mean "honey eater of the Cape", it refers to their well known liking for bee brood and the place where they were first described, The Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Their other common name -"Ratel" probably refers to the rattling sound they make when they are frightened and was probably taken from the Afrikaans language common in the Cape.

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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Hi Badgergirl

I read your post with great interest. My SO and I have been involved with Eurasian Badgers for over twenty years here in the UK. We have rescued both adults and cubs, all of which were returned to the wild or put to sleep if not fit enough. I watched a group of badgers for five years and got to know them very well, to the point where the some of the cubs started climbing on me. I made sure never to touch them and they stopped this interaction as they got a bit older. When I moved house a friend who had visited the badgers with me in the past, went to watch them and reported that they behaved like normal badgers, proving the point that the trust was only with me.

I am coming to the Kruger for the first time in September 2014 and really want to see a Honey Badger, with that in mind I will keep an eye on this post.

It is wonderful to know that there are people in SA taking care of HB's.

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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I have just read the FAQ on images and hope this works. This was one of my study group.


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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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I saw these two badgers not far from Mopani in November. Unfortunetely they were not willing to pose for a decent pic, so this is the best I got...

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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Always lovely to see honey badgers. :clap: Unfortunately, if one isn't ready with the camera, the opportunity is lost because they usually keep moving through the bush.

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Great sightings all!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

We had the pleasure of watching this one getting dinner!! July 2013 taken from the H12 bridge.

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What a wonderful sighting and great pics lion queen :clap: :clap:

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Honey badger sightings are usually most unexpected and brief as the badger(s) is usually on a mission. One is very lucky, as we were in Kgalagadi some years ago, when he started to dig in the sand close to the vehicle for some minutes.

In Kgalagadi, one can witness the synergy between the badger, black backed jackal and pale chanting goshawk. The BBJ & PCG wait patiently while the badger tears at the ground unearthing delicacies for them both. So if you see a PCG in a low tree and/or a BBJ skulking around, there might be a HB nearby so keep alert.

I am unaware of any similar 'partnership' in Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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HB sounds like a very interesting animal. Am I right in assuming that HB are not strictly nocturnal?

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Yes, but the extremes of the day are the best times ( like most animals) for them.

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This was taken near Nossob, November 2013. On this trip I had 5 sightings and got many photos although on all my previous trips I've never seen them in KTP and only once or twice in Kruger.
Apparently the lack of vegetation from last year's dry summer, means they are a lot easier to see at the moment.

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From my last trip as well, also somewhere near Nossob. Spent over an hour with this guy as he caught many geckos, scorpions etc... I also spoke to quite a few other visitors who had seen some good HB sightings on their trip. Perhaps with the good rains lately and grasses returning, they'll "dissapear" again for the next 15 years! :)

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