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Re: Mammals: Q & A

Unread post by Jock » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:33 am

I would guess it was having a rest. We do see impala lie down fairly often when driving around, just taking the load off. You will always see one or two keeping an eye open for danger.
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Re: Mammals: Q & A

Unread post by JanG » Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:53 pm

I see in the Mammals list for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park there is a Grass Climbing Mouse - should this not be a Gray Climbing Mouse ?

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Re: Mammals: Q & A

Unread post by anne-marie » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:13 pm

welcome to the forum JanG :D

according to my book, there is 4 species of climbing Mice :
Nyika - Grey - Brants's - Chesnut

:hmz: it seems there is no Grass climbing Mouse
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Re: Mammals: Q & A

Unread post by bondm » Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:14 pm

Hi, Could anyone tell me what causes damage around the edge of the ears of Wid dogs.


Thanks bondm

Wild dog is not listed in the mammal index?

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Re: Mammals: Q & A

Unread post by bondm » Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:25 pm

Thanks for your replies - I thought it might be due to some mite or other insect.

I know that notches are put into the ears of rhino for ID purposes.

Thanks Arks for the link - I had just looked for Wild Dog and not the full name.

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Re: Handeling Dangerous Animals

Unread post by RondaGreen » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:42 am

Mars wrote:
With elephants reaching speed of up to 40 km/h you won't outrun it, most of the time there will be a mock charge, if the elephant is however charging, and no noises stops it, you make a run for it, run turning constantly left and right, on open ground in a straight line it will catch you. You can't hide in a tree.


I was talking a few year ago with a lady who had been studying chimpanzees in another African country, and she told me she had come unexpectedly upon a herd of elephants one day (at the time I wondered how you could get so close to elephants without seeing them, but since then have seen how easily they blend with the vegetation in Kruger) . They were startled, and charged. She remembered hearing that elephants can't maintain speed uphill for long so started running up a hill, and sure enough they soon fell behind and gave up. Of course there may not always be a convenient hill, or enough space between you and the closest elephant to start with. But has anyone else heard of this? (or been in a position to try it - which I hope I never am!)
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Re: Mammals: Q & A

Unread post by arks » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:00 pm

I'm curious about this bushbuck, seen along the Timbavati road in April 2016. Is the white hair an indication of (partial) leucism or is it old age? :hmz:

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