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Unread postby mountainview » Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:39 pm

Couple of years back we saw a herd of Eland in KGNP [pre-KTP], about 30 strong. It was mid winter and what sometimes happened was that herds came in from deep Botswana [where at that point they didn't often see cars] anyway we think we saw one of these herds. As we approached the whole herd jump over the road in a single bound from a standing position. What was so funny was that there was a BBJ on the other side, he crouched as low as possible as 120 hooves with a total weight of ±19 000kg landed on every side of him. while it was totally awesome, it was actually quite funny.
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Unread postby Richprins » Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:31 pm

This taken at Mashikiri Windmill on the way to Pafuri end September.

It would be interesting to know if anyone has seen them further North?!

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:29 am

Taken on the Red Rocks loop July this year.

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:20 pm

Seen two days in a row on the Orpen - Satara road...

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Unread postby Richprins » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:28 pm

Nice, Yolandè!

Orpen area has always been virtually guaranteed to provide jackals, (20 years or so)

Now that Batmad mentions it, have been to a few relatively new kills over the past year and not seen jackals... :hmz:

Saw one at Lugmagdam early this year.

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Unread postby Elsa » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:19 am

On our recent trip I was also remarking on how few BBJ's we had seen over the past year or so and then guess what........
on our trip from Olifants camp to Phalaborwa Gate we saw 7 in the space of a few hours. :wink: :D
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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:56 pm

We saw this Jackal today just before gate closing time, on the H10 from Tshokwane to Lower SAbie. He ran next to our car for 2 km, eating grasshoppers and other roadkill, and drinking water from the car's aircon dripping... Our 4th BBJ in 8 days.
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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:24 pm

Thanks everyone!
You'll not believe me.... :D Today I did a specific "hunt" for Shelleys Francolins and Afr finfoot, but first after leaving the camp, found 4 lions, and about 2km further these two Jackals. Thats a total of 8 in 2 weeks. :dance:

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Unread postby Elsa » Tue May 05, 2009 3:01 pm

*Edit for RP. Seen just before Letaba in Feb this year.
and if you had read my TR you would have known where I saw them. :tongue:

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Unread postby Mike1916 » Tue May 05, 2009 3:19 pm

:clap: :clap: Great Pics :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby Crested Barbet » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:56 pm

This nice family I saw at Boyela WH in December 2008.
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Unread postby Richprins » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:04 pm

This one of 2 at Mandadzidzi in July this year...not a good pic, but proof... :tongue:

Could it be jackal are booming in the far North? :hmz:

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Unread postby o-dog » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:47 pm

Nice Pics everyone...
RP I agree and from sightings it seem that they are on the up again. As we know just about all the mammals seem to go through fluctuations and based on observations from forumites it seems to be the case.
To get back to a previous comment from Batmad about why they declined...2 theories I heard that I may have already mentioned.
1) Increased predation...perhaps the wetter years have resulted in thicker bush increasing their chances of being preyed apon. KTP has huge numbers perhaps open habitat is better suited.
2) I heard of some disease that has been wiping out species that live in burrows like Jackals and Warthogs...never found the source again and have subsequently seen nothing more on this..wonder if it was a myth or is true! Who knows... 8)
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Unread postby Richprins » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:50 pm

Interesting, o-dog, and good comments! :thumbs_up:

Don't think a "disease" could seriously affect animals as widely different as dogs and pigs, rather parasites or bacteria...you never know! :hmz:

Have you ever ducked your head into one of those used burrows in a termite heap?!

They are filthy! :twisted:


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