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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:52 pm 
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On August 18th this year a friend and I took a sunset drive from Malelane camp with the fantastic Stanley. We were heading south along the S114 when we saw an aardvark about 2 meters to the side of our vehicle - in a clearing! We saw it very clearly for the 10 seconds or so that it hung around. It was our guides first sighting of the animal. Some Danish tourists got photos of the aardvark but we due to language barriers we weren't able to swap email addresses. I had a video camera with me but wasn't quick enough to get some footage.


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 Post subject: Re: A question from a new member
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:48 pm 
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Okay I found it -

Chirinda "A WOW" night drive

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 Post subject: Re: A question from a new member
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:11 pm 
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Jungle Junkie wrote:
Chirinda "A WOW" night drive

Oh WOW....this is a VERY WOW sighting 8) .

Thanks, JJ :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody seen an aardvark?
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I saw 2 in the space of a month! One near Crocodile Bridge, and the other near the Gormondwane loop/Duke road junction south of Lower Sabie.

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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody seen an aardvark?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:04 pm 
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We saw an Aardvark on our trip in nov.2009
It was close to Punda Maria on a nightdrive. :big_eyes:

The ranger was so excited we stayed watching the animal for like a few minutes :dance:
it was awesome !!

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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:53 am 
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Guess where??

Seen on Friday 17 June 2011 at 15h30 in a National Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:49 am 
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Not in Kruger. :D

Another pic.

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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:19 pm 
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Naomi c GREAT pictures!! :clap: :clap: I have not as yet been so lucky to see one of these in the wild yet :(

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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:12 am 
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The pics were taken in Marakele - on the Tsessebe Loop. :D

My Mammal Guide states that in winter, these mainly nocturnal animals may start foraging in the late afternoon because on very cold nights termites (their main food source) go very deep underground.

We camped in Bontle for four nights and Friday night was extremely cold - the temperature dropped to -2.6 degrees! :shock: At least that was the reading on the temperature gauge when I got up at seven on Saturday morning.

We actually saw two Aardvarks that afternoon. We had just turned into the Tsessebe Loop when I spotted two large pink ears above the grass. "Scrubhare" I said and could not believe my eyes when checking through the binocs! This one disappeared very quickly down a culvert. We sat there for a long time trying to spot it again without success. We drove on, extremely excited and at the same time extremely disappointed for not getting a photograph. Less than a kilometre further - lo and behold - another one, in the open, right next to the road and not bothered about us at all!! :dance:

We took dozens of photographs and sat with it for a long time. Only after it crossed the road in front of us and started disappearing into the grass again, two other cars arrived and they did not even seem interested! :big_eyes:


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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:47 am 
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Ckeck those feet!

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And the tail!


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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
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Great sightings and photos Naomi C. :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
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:big_eyes: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :dance: :dance: :dance: Two in one day!! Just awesome Naomi :thumbs_up: and such fabulous pic's :clap: :clap: :clap: Thx for sharing

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 Post subject: Re: Aardvark
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:47 pm 
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Wow naomi c, just found your pics of this magnificent creature. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Doesn't she look like she's walking in high heels!!! :D

We saw one, a large male, last year on a sunset drive out of Crocodile Bridge. It had been caught in a snare on farmland, and fortunately a vet had found it, treated it and the senior ranger was releasing it. You may have seen the pics of the aardvark with a bandage on its nose. What a once in a lifetime sighting that one was. We never did find out if it survived, though.


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