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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:44 am

Saw 3 cheetah cubs at Marie se Gat, at midday nogal. Every time mum lined up a springbok for a chase, they would blow her cover!
Saw baby red hartebeest being born in Addo in September.
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:23 am

O yes! I saw a baby Lichtenstein's Hartebeest (who was adorable!). Also saw a baby waterbuck and it's mother in a dry riverbed. The baby had just been born and it was trying to walk. :D

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Unread postby jonty1 » Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:40 am

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Springboks in the Kruger Park

Unread postby illinge » Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:16 pm

Hi, I would like to know why there are no Springboks in the Kruger Park.
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Unread postby Senyetse » Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:24 pm

Hi illinge - it is simply natural distribution thing -springbok naturally occurred toward the more arid western parts of SA and not in the east. Historically they were found in the Rustenburg region and so this is more or less their eastern-most distribution. KNP want to protect animals that occurred naturally in teh area.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:05 pm

As Senyetse has said, basically the food is wrong for them there.
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Unread postby christo » Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:37 pm

Agree with DQ's article

The parasites are more of a problem than food. Springbok (Once the proper internal flora is cultivated), can tolerate a range of feed..
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Unread postby Senyetse » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:31 am

I also agree with the parasite story, makes a lot of sense. It never occured to me exactly why their natural distribution excludes the east and that explains it. :)
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Difference between cow and bull elephants

Unread postby RobertH » Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:22 pm

Hi ,

Besides the obvious genital differences between a cow and a
bull elephant and the bull much larger,are there other differences that are easy to distinguish between the two.

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Unread postby bert » Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:29 pm

Cow has a round head and the bull has a pointy head
(or was it the other way round)

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Unread postby Senyetse » Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:52 pm

Cow has an angular forehead. That of the bull is round. Aslo if it lifts its leg against your tyre... :tongue: :D
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Unread postby ldejager » Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:11 pm

The female also have thinner and smaller tusks.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:32 am

Senyetse wrote::lol: I think if an elephant bull had to lift its leg a lot more than the tyre would get wet.


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Cows have a more angled forehead, bulls' are more round shaped like Senyetse mentioned earlier.

As Freda said cows keep together in what is called a breeding herd.

The size difference is also significant, bulls are bigger.

Then they also have 5 legs most of the time. :twisted:
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Unusual Behavior

Unread postby gfordyce » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:18 pm

Can anyone please tell me what the baboon and Bush buck were doing in the river below.
There were also monkeys in the water.
The pic was taken 29th July at the Nwanetsi lookout.
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Unread postby ldejager » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:39 pm

I believe the bushbuck was eating something in the water (looks like grass underneath) and the baboon is foraging for food. It can also be that the baboon was testing the water to lead the troop across the river, but I think it more likely that it was after some kind of insect that might have been on the plants in front of it. In July it was still very dry and maybe the waterplants was a food source for them :hmz: .


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