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Very good Grantmissy! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Did you know that there are more plant species on Table Mountain than the whole of Britain?

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Did you Know? African Rhinos have a symbiotic relationship with oxpeckers, also called "tick birds". In Swahili, the oxpecker is called "askari wa kifaru", which means "the rhino's guard". The oxpecker eats ticks and other insects it finds on the rhino and creates a commotion when it sense danger.

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What I do NOT know is why you don't find Oxpeckers on Elephants.

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Hi Lesego :D – very interesting :thumbs_up:.

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What I do NOT know is why you don't find Oxpeckers on Elephants.


Me neither :?:. Interesting question.

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Oh dear, the Ox-pecker most certainly does create a commotion.

Harry Wolhuter writes about the return of the Ox-peckers to the Park. They were nearly exterminated due to the use of insecticides by farmers to kill ticks. They were the sad collateral damage.

When they first returned the animals were frightened by this strange bird landing without fear and getting tucked into the skin of their bodies..

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The heaviest crocodile was caught in Venda near the northern tip of Kruger and weighed in at 905,7kg. It measured 5,5m.

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Wouldn't like to go swimming near that :big_eyes:

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What I do NOT know is why you don't find Oxpeckers on Elephants.

That is very interesting Rooies! I wonder if there is anybody who has the answer? :doh:

@ Lesego: That makes sense. I'm always scared that the birds might eat the slug pellets when I try to save my ground covers, and then die from it. :(

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The heaviest crocodile was caught in Venda near the northern tip of Kruger and weighed in at 905,7kg. It measured 5,5m.


Hi Rooies, do you perhaps know what they did with the crocodile? It would be interesting to know. It is a big crocodile indeed.

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The heaviest crocodile was caught in Venda near the northern tip of Kruger and weighed in at 905,7kg. It measured 5,5m.


Hi Rooies, do you perhaps know what they did with the crocodile? It would be interesting to know. It is a big crocodile indeed.


Unfortunately my source do not elaborate on this.

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Did you know? that there where once wild dogs in KTP. :wink:


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Did you know that the first Culling was done during 1961 (and I am not talking about the indiscriminate shooting of predators during the early years) The Letaba river stopped flowing and the rangers then decided to shoot 104 hippos to prevent them from dying a slow death because of starvation..

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:shock: No Rooies, didn't know. :roll:


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Hi Picnic :D I see from the link that you provided that wild dogs were seen until the 1960's and 1970's in KTP. At least now we know that they once lived there. But I find it rather sad to say "yes they used to be seen in KTP but that was a long time ago". Rooies do you perhaps know in which year was the biggest drought that Kruger has experienced since they started recording weather data? I suppose in the earlier years they did not record the weather patterns. Periods of drought is always hard to witness in Kruger but I guess that is the way nature is sometimes there is a time of plenty and sometimes there is a time of brutal hardship.

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