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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Animals
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:36 pm 
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The number was around 20, maybe 21 but we stayed there for 3 nights and only saw it once. But maybe you´ll get lucky...

btw....our neighbour wasn't impressed with the serval, he just chased it away! I don't think he realised that it was that rare!


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Animals
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You certainly managed some lovely shots. :thumbs_up: This should be added to the forum sightings of the year.
Thanks for sharing Michealpr.

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What a fantastic experience and sighting Michaelpr, thanks for sharing. :D

We have 2 nights there in Feb, I hope it makes another appearance then.

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Animals
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Browsing through the forum I came across this thread which immediately reminded me of an incident that occurred in the KNP in the late 1960's.My wife (who was heavily pregnant at the time) and I visited the park for a week.We stayed at Skukuza and on the first morning drove down to Lower Sabie for breakfast watching out for game along the way.At a point were the river runs close to the road we came across a large troop of Baboons.We stopped and watched them for a short while when a large male jumped onto the bonnet of the car.My wife who was not familiar with the idiosyncrasies of these animals become rather agitated almost to the point of hysterics.
As a result I wound down my window and threw a biscuit across the bonnet of the car onto the ground and the Baboon jumped off and I immediately drove off.
At a loop further down the road we turned of to watch the hippo's from the bank of the river.Almost immediately a car stopped next to me and a person walked up to the window and informed me that it was illegal to feed the animals and asked for my particulars and started to write out a ticket. I tried to explain the circumstances to him but to no avail and as I was technically guilty of feeding the animals I made no effort to talk my way out of this one. However when I saw the amount of the fine my stomach churned as while it was only R50, if my memory serves me ,that was the equivalent of Thousands of Rand by todays standards.Needless to say this ruined our holiday for us as money was tight in the early days.(Thinking about it nothing has changed much.)
In any event I paid the fine at Skukuza as the alternative was to return at a later stage to appear in court.
I subsequently wrote to the The National Parks Board and explained the sequence of events and much to my delight they sent a me a cheque in full repayment of the fine for which I was eternally grateful.
In later years the baboons became a serious problem and I do not doubt that many had to be shot out.However to this day I do not stop at a troop of baboons next to the road.
On later visits to the Park with my family we occassionaly slept under canvas and one evening my wife woke me and said that she had heard noises outside the tent.
I unzipped the front and looked straight into the face of a Hyena ,needless to say I closed the tent faster than I had opened it.I told my wife that there was nothing to worry about and she went back to sleep while I lay awake all night waiting to be eaten by an evil looking Hyena.
Many years have passed since those days but nothing seems to have changed , the animals continue to be fed and subsequently face the firing squad which is rather sad really.Perhaps we need to go back to the days of tough measures.


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Animals
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... I told my wife that there was nothing to worry about and she went back to sleep while I lay awake all night waiting to be eaten by an evil looking Hyena.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Animals
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I believe that the bushbuck inside Letaba camp are declining in number and losing condition as there is no food left inside the camp for them so unless they are fed by guests or camp management or alternatively unless the rains come very soon and produce some new leaves on the shrubs and trees there will be no bushbuck left in the camp. It is an interesting perspective because to a lesser or greater degree some culpability must exist on the part of man for the predicament that these animals find themselves in - there is food to be had outside the camp but they are not intuitive enough to know this! Therefore if there is culpability then surely man should intervene!

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Animals
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Have been meaning to figure out how to post photos and post this for ages :? .

We also saw the serval in Mopani in August - it came right onto the patio, causing a mass evacuation by my wife and kids.

We were in one of the central huts - number 23 I think - and it was patrolling the surrounding huts.


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What a sighting!!!

Same serval as michaelpr's im guessing??! :D A camp site regular 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Animals
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We're going back there this August, so no-one scare it away in the meantime :).

I have just been on the Mopani camp map, and we were 23.
Huts 20-24 all had a visit, as did 31-33 opposite.

We were only there two nights, and ate in the restaurant on the first night, so I don't know how regular a visitor it was. However I would imagine it was pretty regular, because it was absolutely fearless.


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Wow :dance:
I hope to see this serval soon... :D

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ME TOOOO! :lol:

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What a stunning sighting :D and really lovely pictures.
Thanks for sharing them with us.

Now that you have worked out how to post pictures, I hope that we will see a lot more :wink:

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I would trade 100 lions for just 1 serval. Must get to Mopani.

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I would trade 100 lions for just 1 serval
:hmz: almost (what about 20)... and I'm going to Mopani :dance:

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The Road from Lower Sabie up to Satara.....H10, is brilliant for Serval :D

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