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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:32 pm

In the area around Thihongoyeni we had many buffalo sightings. The reason probably being that they require water on a daily basis.
These two bulls were having a sparring session

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:35 pm

But only for the fun of it!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:49 pm

The Buffalo is one of the "Big Five", a term originally used to describe the five most dangerous animals to hunt. And dangerous the buffalo definitely is - in Africa it is also known as "The Balck Death" or "widowmaker". Especially Dagga Boys - "dagga" referring either to mud or as a slang term for crazy.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:52 pm

These old bulls are constantly rolling in mud to rid themselves of parasites, aid in inevitable hair loss or to cool down.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:55 pm

Buffaloes mate and give birth only in the rainy season. Cows first calve at five years of age and the gestation period is eleven and a half months.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:59 pm

Newborn calves are hidden in dense vegetation for the first few weeks before joining the main herd where they are held in the centre for safety.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:21 pm

Really appreciate all the replies - thanks everyone! :thumbs_up:

During our stay Zebra were present in large numbers around Thihongoyeni.Image

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:22 pm

Every single Zebra has a unique striping pattern - no two individuals look alike.Image

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:24 pm

There are many theories about zebra-stripes but they mainly serve a social function - individual zebras can apparently recognise each other by their striping patterns.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:26 pm

Zebras are highly dependant on water and are usually found within a 25 to 30 km radius of a water source.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:28 pm

They eat a wide range of grasses and occasionally also browses on leaves and shoots.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:30 pm

They are pioneer grazers and prepares the way for more specialized grazers like Blue Wildebeest who depend on shorter and more nutritional grasses.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:32 pm

The natal coat of a Zebra foal is brown and white

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:33 pm

Mares give birth to a single foal every 12 months, peaking in the rainy season.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:35 pm

Shortly after birth a foal can stand, walk, run from danger and suckle.

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