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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:28 pm 
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LZ....I am often mistaken for Shy. :roll: :roll: :lol:



:lol: :lol: :P


Thanks. :shock: Interesting info coming through. :clap: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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I found this excerpt pertaining to Vhembe/Mapungubwe -


The rest of the borderline east of the Sand River follows the Limpopo River, and consists mainly of farming lands. In this area, sisal plants formed a barrier in the past, but these were cleared to make way for an extension of the Norex electrical fence. However, it was never erected because no funds were available to do so. The sisal barrier was also very badly damaged by elephants and monkeys eating the plants. It is debatable whether the sisal ‘fence’ was ever really effective.

http://www.iss.org.za/Pubs/Papers/52/Paper52.html

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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:thumbs_up: Will check it out! Thanks

Quick question, am I supposed to post the next question? Or please tell me it is Nungu?

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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Hi Shi, it seems Nungu is Quiz Master. However, it is an OQ, meaning anyone may post a Q? Nungu still has to confirm your answer, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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Nungu will confirm the answer.

Have a quick read here regarding the "how to" of the quizzes.
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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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Thanks LZ & Imberbe :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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:thumbs_up: Well Done Shi

Yes, Operation Trampoline involved planting Sisal plants on the Eastern border of Kruger, to keep the Mozambiquans out in the early 70's. But as Elzet pointed out the same thing that happened at Mapungubwe happened at Kruger as well. As soon as they planted the sisal, they were eaten by monkeys, elephants and the like. They never got off the ground and the project was a miserable failure.

Like I said earlier (and probably everyone knows by now) - this comes from Bruce Bryden's book - A Game Ranger Remembers.

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Quick question, am I supposed to post the next question? Or please tell me it is Nungu?


Nope Shi, no need to post a question - anyone can post :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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I would actually like other people to post questions here as well but I can't resist another quick one from the same book.... now everyone knows where to find it...

What are killifish? (not Google prufe)... The interesting question is: Where is the only place in Kruger that you'll find these fish?

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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Killifish are fish often found in seasonal pans, which only holds water for a limited time each year. They have an extremely fast life cycle, with the adult fish living for a few months. They survive the drought by producing eggs, which stays behind in the mud, and then start developing after good rains fill the pan again. Very interesting ...

They are also beautiful little blue and red fish. They would have made excellent aquarium species, but do not thrive under this "ideal" circumstances, since they are adapted to their situation.

There are two species found in the pans on the eastern border of KNP. We have had a posting or two of them on the Forum, will go and have a look if I can find them. Specimen of the species have been moved to other pans in KNP, including some pans in the Northern part of KNP, to help ensure their survival should some natural disaster destroy their limited distribution area.

No Google :D ... or book :redface: ... just brain! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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Spotted or Tsonga Killifish (Notobranchius orthonothus) and Crescent-tailed Killifish (reënboog-kuilvissie / Notobranchius rachovii). Found in the pans to the east of Olifants.

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Correct Imberbe :thumbs_up:

Also called "lungfish", these little fish can survive during dry periods - in fact they thrive on it. Their natural habitat in Kruger are the pans around Pumbe picket (East of Olifants). These pans dry up during winter months, during which their eggs "hibernate" in the dried mud, only for them to hatch as soon as there is water in the pans again.

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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Since Imberbe made sure the previous one was a quickie - how about another quick one from the same book?

What is "pithing"? (again not Google prufe) But why would rangers out on patrol in hot/humid weather need to know this tecnique?

PS: I don't know if this is still practiced today, but it certainly was in the 70's.

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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I can only guess that it would be getting water from the pith of a tree, or it's roots, but never heard of pithing before.

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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Wearing a pith hat? Like TP? :wink:

I am with FG on this one. Except that an incision of some sort made into the crown of a tree and fluid is then drained into a container?

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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No Forest and Elzet - nothing to do with trees or plants. :naughty:

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