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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by Richprins » Wed May 13, 2009 6:52 pm

Zapman wrote:Wonder why the rare antelope stick together...?


Great pics, Jaco!

Hey, Zapman.

That's quite a good question!

Eland don't stick together with any other animals in Kruger...they are very nomadic and seem to be less tolerant of humans than other antelope.

The waterhole in question is pretty remote, and has only been open to tourists for the last decade or more!

The rare antelope struggle immensely to compete with common grazers, specifically zebra, as these draw lion to water points. (according to the water policy pundits in Kruger, who have closed down a number of waterholes for this reason.)

The rare antelope are far less water-dependent.

(Or to put it another way...their numbers and habits don't make it worthwhile for lions to follow them... :? )

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Fri May 22, 2009 7:29 pm

We got these guys on the S50 near the S143 turnoff - June 2008

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Re: White Impala/Reedbuck - Help please

Unread post by Pamwe Chete » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:50 am

HH,

Interesting topic. A few months ago there was a tv program on National Geographic (I think) regarding genetic defects in wild animals this was specifically wrt white lions. The conclusion was that this is not a genetic defect in the lions but rather a ecessive gene that comes to the fore every "x" generations.

I have however seen white and black impala and a pic of a white Kudu (cannot recall where I downloaded the pic below).

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Antelope that have a white colour apparently do not last long in the wild, which is understandable as they stick out like a sore thumb..

The easiest way that I have found to upload pics is to use http://www.tinypic.com

Hope it helps.

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Re: White Impala/Reedbuck - Help please

Unread post by Hungry_Hippo » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:32 am

Thanks for the help guys..... Pretty sure its a mountain reedbuck

Here's one of the pics that we took - hope it works.

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Re: White Impala/Reedbuck - Help please

Unread post by tiggercat » Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:41 pm

Hi Hungry Hippo
heres a pic of an albino impala that we saw in July -- along the Shingwedzi River

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Rare, Unique and different Photographic experiences

Unread post by Goose77 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:18 pm

Hi Forumites

I am not sure if a topic similar to this has been covered before, sorry if it has...... I feel it could be a subject used to highlight the hidden treasures the Kruger has to offer ie: pics of rare antelope, birds and unusual sightings etc.

Lets see what else is out there and what else the Kruger has to offer which we might not have yet experienced.

Here is a few pics to begin with:

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:49 pm

June 2009 - S145
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:56 pm

At Klopperfontein - June 2009

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:06 pm

June 2009 - Near Nshawu 3

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June 2009 - at Tihongonyeni

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:12 pm

June 2009 - Near Nshawu 3 - Male with female

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June 2009 - At Nshawu dam - Male with female

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June 2009 - S50 near S143 turnoff

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All the above (5) were in the vicinity of 6km of each other all on the same day.
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:21 pm

June 2009 - Near Babalala

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:25 pm

Reedbuck on Fayi loop - July 2009

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by Skopsie » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:47 pm

SW

To see a Reedbuck is already something, but to see Cheetas catching one is from out of this world!!! :mrgreen: Well done!!! :clap:

The cheetas look a bit inexperienced. Did they actually killed the Reedbuck?
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:13 am

They struggled a lot to bring him down but I must confess, it was the biggest Reedbuck I have ever seen! There were 4 cheetahs and the poor antelope could not math their speed!

It was our first Reedbuck sighting of the trip….

You can see some more photos on my TR
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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread post by Mike1916 » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:49 am

Mountain Reedbuck:
"The Mountain Reedbuck averages 75 cm at the shoulder, and weighs around 30 kg. It has a grey coat with a white underbelly and reddish-brown head and shoulders. The male has ridged horns of around 35 cm, which curve forwards"

Reedbuck:
Southern Reedbucks average 85 cm at the shoulder, and weigh around 70 kg. They have grey-brown coats with a white underbelly and black forelegs. Males have ridged horns of around 35 cm, which grow backwards and then curve forwards.

Oribi:
"Oribi grow to around 92–110 cm (36 to 43 inches) in length, with a shoulder height of 50–66 cm (20 to 26 inches) and weigh an average of 12–22 kg (26 to 49 lb). They can run at speeds of up to 40–50 km/h (25–31 mph). In captivity they have a lifespan of up to 14 years.

The back and upper chest is yellow to orange-brown. The chin, throat, chest, belly and rump are white. The tail is short and bushy, the upper side black or dark brown, and the under surface white. The white crescent-shaped band of fur above the eye is a characteristic that helps to distinguish this species from other similar-looking antelope. Below each ear is a large round black glandular patch, the nostrils are prominently red, and on the sides of the face are vertical creases that house the pre-orbital glands. These glands produce an odorous secretion that is used to mark the oribi's territory. Only males grow horns, which are slender and upright, ridged to about halfway up, the ends being smooth and pointed, with some of length 19 cm (7.5 inches) being recorded"

Sharpe's Grysbok:
"It is similar in size to the Gray Duiker, but has a stockier body and elongated fur over the hindquarters. It stands about 20" (45–60 cm) at the shoulders and weighs only 7–11.5 kg. Its coat is reddish-brown which is streaked with white; eye-rings, around mouth, throat and underside are off-white. The males have stubby horns, which are widely spaced. Sharpe's Grysbok has a short deep muzzle with large mouth and heavy molar (grinding) teeth. The short neck and face on a long-legged body result in a high-rump posture when browsing."

Female bushbuck:
The female has no horns and has a reddish brown coat with white spots and has a short bushy tail

Lichtenstein's Hartebeest:

"Lichtenstein's Hartebeest typically stand about 1.25 m (4 ft) at the shoulder and have a mass of around 150 kg (330 lb). Lichtenstein's Hartebeest are a red brown colour, which is lighter on the underbelly. The horns found on both sexes appear from the side to be shaped like the letter 'S' and appear from the front to be shaped like the letter 'O' with its upper portions missing. The horns are slightly ridged and reach over 0.5 m in length."

Common Duiker:
"Colouration of this species varies widely over its vast geographic range. There are thought to be as many as 19 subspecies ranging from chestnut in forested areas of Angola to grizzled gray in northern savannas and light brown shades in arid regions. It grows to about 20 inches (50 cm) in height and generally weighs 12 to 25 kg; although females are generally larger and heavier than their male counterparts. The male bears horns which can grow to 4.25 inches (11 cm) long."

Hope this will help you :pray:

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