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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 10, 2013 3:30 pm

And for the grand finale a Cheetah was brought in!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 10, 2013 3:31 pm

And we were allowed to touch it!

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Just look at the expression on the little boy's face!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 10, 2013 3:32 pm

A great ambassador for conservation and for Moholoholo!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 10, 2013 3:35 pm

After the presentation we visited the HR's exhibition - really interesting and educational! I also wanted to see how my pic of the Aardvark (taken in Marakele) looked on the poster of the Secret Seven. :twisted:

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 11:09 am

During previous visits to the north of KNP we hardly saw any Tsessebe but this time around it was just the opposite! And it seems that it was a good year for them - there were lots of little ones!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 11:12 am

Of the many calves we saw this one was the youngest

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 11:25 am

Single calves are born from September to November after a gestation period of about eight months.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 11:26 am

Not the most beautiful antelope

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 11:28 am

But they are built for speed - can run up to 80km/h!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 11:33 am

They are reputed to be the swiftest of the African antelope

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 11:54 am

They are social animals and their basic herd structure consists of small breeding groups consisting of six to ten cows with their offspring.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 12:25 pm

Hi there Barry! :thumbs_up: The little ones were really cute - one of the reasons I love to visit KNP in the summer!

Although this species remains widespread through sub-saharan Africa, it has undergone a substantial decline during the last 100 years and is threatened by hunting for its meat and competition with cattle.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 12:36 pm

They have disappeared from much of their former distributional range.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 12:38 pm

But fortunately it looks like the population in KNP has increased substantially this year!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

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