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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:17 am

Good morning all
Giraffes were spotted in the same area last night,herd of eland,springbok as well as hartmann zebra were find together close to the bridge towards the western secion.
Nocturnal life includes african wildcat,red rock rabbit,scrub hare and nightjars.
Leopard tortoise was also seen.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:35 pm

Do you ever see black rhino AG?
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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:06 pm

Good evening all
Bush baptist wish i could have bring some of those rhinos which is so slautered in some parts of the land to Augrabies,so unfortunately no rhinos.
Last night sigtings
Giraffes,eland,gemsbok,red hartebees,hartmann zebra,red rock rabbit,scrub hare and nightjars

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:01 pm

Don't you have blackies on the Northern side of the river any more, AG?
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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:27 pm

Good evening all
Last night sightings
Giraffes,eland,gemsbok,hartmann zebra,scrub hare and nightjars.
Just came back from a drive and did not see much,springbok,gemsbok,klipspringers and scrub hare.
Bush baptist the blackies was transfered to Addo National Park a few years ago due to the land dispute with the Riemvasmaak community.
Untill now the park is still managing the Northern section.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:40 am

Good morning all
Last night was the first time that i did a drive since the floods,the first time that i was actually in the veld and after the rains all bare patches is covered with grass which makes it difficult to spot smaller nocturnal life. Although the roads is open it is still in a bad state, corrugations and erosion gullies which slows down one's driving.
A good close up sighting of a group of giraffes were seen,klipspringers,spotted eagle owls,nightjars and scrub hares were also on the list.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:40 pm

LMHO AG, I thought you might tell us about hippos & crocs!
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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Malealea » Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:46 pm

I do have a question, obviously not enough predators live in Augrabie. How do you manage to keep the numbers of Antelops etc. balanced? That would be an intresting Topic.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:03 am

Only big catfish which is confused with crocs Bush Baptist
Malealea aerial census is used to determine numbers and according to these data animals is transfered to other parks.
According to the Section ranger there is a need to do such a census this year.
From my side regulating factors for populations also include weather conditions,parasites and diseases alone or in combination to minimize numbers, and as you have mention predators too.
The above was experience as there was mortalities this year as well as field rangers play an important role in monitoring to get these data. I also would like to say that there was not large numbers of mortalities as you will have a problem if this is the result.
Selfregulating factors also include activities and behaviour where animals will determine there numbers in a given area.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Malealea » Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:27 pm

thank you for the fast answers. How important is hunting to regulate the numbors or do you transfere these animals only? This is in my oppinion a really intresting Topic.
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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:37 am

Thank you forumites
Malealea agree it is interesting topic,hunting is not allowed in a national park but transfering of animals also strengthens the gene pool in that way.To restore the ecolocical balance predators like lions for instance was reintroduced in national parks like Karroo and Addo and cheetahs in Mountain Zebra.Sanparks as a orginisation may also sell,exchange and donate willdlife under the Protected Areas Act, and this is what is done for instance in Kruger.I also know that Augrabies has sold at some stage Game to one of the neighbouring Private Reserve Khamkirri.It was 20 springbok,and 3 giraffes and some Hartmann zebra from the Northern section.If the game cencus is done perhaps this year i will put up those stats,just to give the forumites a idea how much species occur on a 60000 ha reserve.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Blackie » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:37 am

AG, in your experience, where do you find most of the Game (e.g. Giraffes, Zebras, Gemsbok etc) in the Augrabies Park?

On previous occassions, I drove down up to the bridge crossing (Blouputs road) but did not really see anything in that area?

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Malealea » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:36 am

Do you know which Predators lived naturally in this Area. I know from Karoo that they only reintroduce animals which historically occur in this area. To speal in spekulative way. Hayenas lived there but were hunt to extinction, how big is the probability that you reintroduce this Predators?

If you transfere the animals the gene Pool are mixed up that is true. But in which way did Nature manage it befor humans took over? Is it possible to leave nature as it is? :huh: I think now its turns a bitt Off Topic but in case of Augrabies it will be indeed a good question.
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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:09 pm

Malealea probably when there were no fences,there is predators like leopard,black back jackels and caracal in the park as well.
Giraffes keep mostly in the drainage areas where a good chance to see zebra's is at Blouputs waterhole the area is also known as hartmann's loop and as well at lekkerwater(waterhole).Gemsbok more in the area of the picnic site,open grassy areas. Otherwise all depends on where you are.
I will ask the Section Ranger about hyanas.
I will also be back on Tuesday.
On the central section most likely places to see giraffes and hartmann zebra is at holombacht waterhole.
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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:56 pm

Just came back from a night drive and has found the giraffes close to the entrance gate,other sigthtings include springbok,gemsbok,scrub hare,african wildcat,spotted eagle owl and nightjars.


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