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Animals in Addo - Are there any giraffes?

Unread post by Ina66 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:49 pm

Hi,

I would like to know if there are any giraffes in Addo?
What animals are in Addo?

Thank you!

Best regards from Germany,
Ina

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Re: Animals in Addo - Are there any giraffes?

Unread post by NickyG » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:57 pm

Hello Ina,

Check out this link :

viewtopic.php?f=40&t=35041

"Boorgatspook" has been kind enough to post a list of mammals that are resident in the parks.

To answer your question on the giraffes - NO, there are none in the park. The reason for this is that SANParks strive to restore the wilderness to its former glory. Giraffes were not endemic (natural to Addo's area). If they were introduced they would create pressure on the trees because of competittion with other animals that occour here naturally.

Hope this helps, and welcome to teh forums :D
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Re: jackal and Kudu in Addo

Unread post by HoepHoep » Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:50 am

This is an extract from our last trip report: June 2009:

"The next moment some movement caught my eye. A jackal was chasing a young kudu calve. Every now and then the kudu would stop to make a stance, but then the chase continued. My daughter noticed that the kudu was bleeding at her stomach - see dark patch on photo. A second jackal joined the chase. This ended with the kudu finding some form of shelter in a bush and the jackals losing interest. Indeed a rare sighting."

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My latest trip report to Addo during June 2009:
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=34300

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Re: Animals in Addo - Are there any giraffes?

Unread post by Ina66 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:25 pm

Hello Nicky, Munchkin and everbody :D

Thanks for welcoming me and your replies. :thumbs_up:

I will be visiting SA in the end of October until mid November 2010. I will definitely be visiting Addo.
Since I also would like to see giraffes I probably will also visit Kruger National Park.
Do you have any other suggestions about places I should visit?

Talk to you soon,
Ina

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Re: Animals in Addo - Are there any giraffes?

Unread post by DuQues » Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:33 pm

Welcome Ina!

From Addo to Kruger you will want to stopover somewhere.
Happily Golden Gate Highlands National Park is nicely on the way to Kruger, and definitely a park to visit for a few days. Have a look at some of the tripreports from there.
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Re: jackal and Kudu in Addo

Unread post by moggiedog » Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:55 pm

Thanks for that.

At first I thought we may have been there at the same time :D - but nope - different years.

The time we saw this incident the jackal brought the kudu down by latching onto its nose or lower jaw - judging by the exhausted state of the two animals the conflict had been going on for a long time before we got there.
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Re: Addo: Animals

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:25 pm

We've gathered some exciting evidence on our camera traps in the Colchester section:

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and in the broad daylight too:

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This is the same male leopard that was released a few years ago in the main game area after being rescued from a farm in the Baviaans area. We can tell by the tracking collar around his neck.

The same leopard was seen by visitors in the main game area around Mbabala Loop this past weekend....so there's new hope for Leopard Lovers!
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Re: Addo: Animals

Unread post by Toko » Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:04 am

Media Release: Penguin chicks get new lease of life

http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=1576

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Re: Dead Kudu

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:58 pm

Definitely not cheetah, Malealea. We don't have cheetah in this area of the Park, only in the Kuzuko contractual area at present. Cheetah prefer more open habitat (the Addo thicket is too dense) where they can build up the speed they use to catch their prey.

Caracal would not be able to take down an adult kudu - the prey size is too large for them.

I'll chat to the staff here to check if anyone saw anything but it sounds like spotted hyena to me...
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Re: Dead Kudu

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:47 am

Cheetah can deifinetly bring down adult kudu and have done so in Mountain Zebra National Park.

Regarding this Kudu kill, the reserachers who record the kills in the Park say they don't know for definite what killed this one but also came to the conclusion that it was spotted hyena.
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JACKAL WAR IN MATHYOLWENI

Unread post by jenismithies » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:40 pm

We were very shocked today in Mathyolweni. We came across 5 silver backed jackals and realised very quickly that there was war! Three of them attacked the other pair and the female of this pair ran off some distance and then screamed continuously. The 3 literally slaughtered the other little male (he was very close to death when we left). One held him by the throat and the other two were ripping at his hind legs and shaking him constantly. Twice he managed to escape and twice they grabbed him again. We were shocked at how viciously they continued to attack him. Every time the poor female got closer, one of the three would rush off to chase her. I know it's nature, but it wasn't pleasant to watch. It must have taken at least twenty to twenty five minutes for him to lie still, JUST breathing and all of them were covered in blood. I would like to know if this was a territory thing, or is there some other reason why this would occur with jackals? Any ideas?
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Re: JACKAL WAR IN MATHYOLWENI

Unread post by BarkingMad » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:51 pm

I would guess that it would be a territory thing. You are so lucky to have witnessed this, yet at the same time I can only imagine how upsetting and horrible it must have been to watch. I would like to see your video if you have it posted on the internet somewhere?

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Re: JACKAL WAR IN MATHYOLWENI

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:47 pm

jeni,
We have black-backed jackals (which are very common), cape fox (not very common) and bat-eared fox (fairly common, more nocturnal) in the Park. Could the fight possibly have been between jackal and bat-eared fox? It is quite common for jackal to attack fox as they are competitors for food. Do you have any photos of the incident?
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