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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:50 am 
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Rooies, I thought Timaka was a weak guess... let's try Mavalanga for the longest?


No. Phone Kirsty Redman at the Elephant hall in Letaba, she will give you the answer. :wink:

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Rooies wrote:
Phone Kirsty Redman


No thank you... I can keep guessing all year long... Machachule?

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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You are on the right track Nungu. The spelling is however a bit different. This elephant was named after Dr Ian White, and it means "the quiet one". Nwashinangana was named after Ted Whitfield and it means "the one that whistles while he is working" According to Kirsty, there are no really big tuskers after the death of Hlanganini during 2009. Duke is still alive, but without his big tusks.

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Not the same one Rooies: Machachule means "lead dancer" and roams in the Shingwedzi area...

You are referring to Masthulele as you rightly say means "the quiet one" - his range is the Mooiplaas area.

I was going to guess him next...lol

You are also right that there isn't a "clear" biggest tusker at this stage - we lost both Hlanganini and Alexander in recent times and Duke (who was the king) broke both his tusks... however...

My favorite and still very young tusker is Thandamamba - "the one who likes black mamba's"... he is still very young and already shows predigious ivory.... he will be the king in 10 years time :thumbs_up: Watch out for him around Stolsnek/Steilberg area - he is worth the :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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Nungu, jou yster. (Nungu,you iron :D ) Take it away boss. :thumbs_up:

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Being 'taken to the Ritz' is one of life's greatest treats. It is the name we most associate with something fashionable and luxurious, to the point of being ostentatiously smart. Originally it was an elite hotel chain and today still present consistently high standards of food, accommodation and hospitality. Is such a thing to be found in the natural world? A plant beloved by many creatures, which supplies an abundance of resources in great variety. A Tree of life?

There are personal choices, but which 3 trees are considered to be the Eco-Ritz, and why?

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No guesses after 5 days, so here goes part of the answer: The trees are
1) Paperbark thorn Acacia sieberiana
2) Buffalo thorn Ziziphus mucronata
3) Sycamore fig Ficus sucomorus

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Rooies wrote:

1) Paperbark thorn Acacia sieberiana

It is a favourite nesting site for many birds. The flowers lure beetles, bees, butterflies and thrips. Pied and crested barbets make nesting holes in the tree whilst the flowers lure beetles, bees and butterflies, attracting insectivorous birds such as the bar throated Apolis as well as white bellied, black and collared sunbirds.

2) Buffalo thorn Ziziphus mucronata

Although the fruit of Ziziphus mucronata cannot be counted as very tasty, the tree itself plays an important role ecologically. The leaves and fruit are sought after by birds of many species, wild animals and domestic stock. Giraffes are known to be especially fond of the leaves of this tree. Impala often feed on the dead leaves lying under the tree. Its inconspicuous, green to yellow flowers produce abundant nectar and often yield a good honey. The Buffalo thorn is browsed by stock animals, as well as antelope (such as kudu, eland, sable, impala, klipspringer, nyala, black wildebeest, steenbok, springbok, Sharpe’s grysbok and the Damara dik-dik). Giraffe and warthog also eat the nutritious leaves and fruit. Chacma baboon and Vervet monkey too. This tree is highly regarded as a fodder tree, particularly in the drier regions of the country. The flowers produce large amounts of nectar and are favoured by bees. Four types of butterfly larvae feed on the leaves. The butterflies are – the Black pie, Common dotted blue, Hintza pie and the White pie. Several species of birds frequent the Buffalo-thorn to eat the ripe fruit and the numerous insects attracted to the star-shaped flowers. It also attracts the Grey lourie, Burchell’s coucal, Meyer’s parrot, Helmeted guineafowl, Swainson’s, Crested and Natal francolins.

3) Sycamore fig Ficus sucomorus

In tropical areas where the wasp is common, complex mini-ecosystems involving the wasp, nematodes, other parasitic wasps, and various larger predators revolve around the life cycle of the fig. The trees' random production of fruit in such environments assures its constant attendance by the insects and animals which form this ecosystem.

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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Elzet you are correct, and there are many more reasons, too much to state here. (It will take up 3 pages and I hate long posts) (Source; African Birds and birding April/May 2006)

OQ, so who has got another one for us.

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This extremely interesting book was writen by a ranger called Bruce Bryaden..

What is this books name?

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Jip jip jip.....

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Long time since this quiz was active - so lets get it going again:

What river in Kruger is translated: The river that never dries out?

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 Post subject: Re: Readers General Quiz (OQ)
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dzombo? :huh:

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No Wildlover - a bit South of Dzombo.

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