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Unread post by katydownunder » Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:54 pm

DuQues wrote:Megan, any news on the twins and rhino calves?


Oh yes we are very keen to hear some more news as we will arrive in Addo NP ont he first of May staying for three nights and we are very much looking forward to this :D .Hopefully we will see the rhino calves and the lions ( unfortunately I already read that the twins are not in the public section of the Park :( ).And we are not staying at the River Bend Lodge...
Nevertheless I would like to know if they are still in good conditions as well?!
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:07 pm

Both the twin elephants and the two rhino calves are healthy and in good condition.

The rhino calves have settled down well in their new environment and seem to have adapted well to freedom.
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:16 pm

The two lionesses were seen together today, near the main camp waterhole / Nyathi waterhole.

The younger lioness appears to be pregnant.

Good sign that they are together, although this does not mean they will stay together. If they do, they would be able to assist each other to protect cubs.
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue May 03, 2005 1:05 pm

Apologies! I should set the record straight and apologise for posting misinformation: the younger lioness is not, in fact, pregnant. This was discovered when she was darted in order for her tracking collar to be refitted (as it was getting too small).

Will keep all updated.
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Unread post by katydownunder » Sun May 29, 2005 10:20 pm

Well here is the report!
For the first time we stayed within the boundaries of the park.The last time we have chosen a B+B outside the park in Addo itselfe.But you really miss out the best time of the day doing so.
We had a very nice chalet ( we are not the types for camping), which was very well equipped and had it’s own braai.(Unfortunately we did not realise that we arrived on the first of May and the Monday was a holiday as well as the 01. May did fell on a Sunday)
We did not manage to buy any coal or wood to do our own braai (everything was sold out),but nevertheless we has a great time.
The last time we have been to Addo we just saw three Ellies (and are still convinced that these three were all the same one :oops: ) but this time we had loads of Ellies.
And we even saw some of the lesser seen animals of the Park.
On the Gorah Loop we saw Ellies. ( A huge herd of about maybe 30+), the other day Buffs ,again in a huge herd.
On the Gorah Loop again after Carol’s Rest we had a very close meeting with one of the Lionesses :dance: .We even thought she was going to jump on our car as she just realised us as she was standing right in front of the car( which we had stopped and switched of the engine as soon as we saw the beauty).
We saw most of the Ellies on the way to Harpoor waterhole ( on all of the days we stayed in the Park).
But they were all over the Park as well.On two occasions we saw a bull close to the entrance gate.
And we loved the way from Woodlands to Zuurkop, the Mbabala Loop and Kadauw.Here we saw quite a lot of Jackals,Vervet Monkeys,Bushbucks and all of the other little ones that we loved to stop for. So this route was very rewarding as well. :D
Moreover we saw: Ostriches,Kudu,Hartebeest,Eland,Warthogs,Bushpigs,Mongoose,Zebra and even a Rhino on the way from Nzipondo to Domkragdam.Unfortunately we have not seen a single Hyena (so we have got an excuse to return to the Park again).
In all the Park was very well maintained and all the animals we saw were in fantastic conditions.
The shop was good stocked and all the staff very friendly and helpful. :clap:
This was already our second stay in Addo Elephant NP and it certainly will not be the last.We always felt very comfortable especially if you just got a few days to spend in one of the Parks that are close to the Garden Route.
We just cannot come to SA without beeing at least a little bit to the bush.And we are already looking forward to come to Kruger in November this year. :D :D
Haven't got the pictures though :oops: , sorry but I will post some of them as soon as I manage to prepare them for posting.
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Mon May 30, 2005 7:56 am

This looks like Kamkwa - the older of the two lionesses in the park. We can tell by her facial features, as well as her satellite collar, which is older than the one we recently fitted to the younger lioness.

Great picture!
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:22 am

The twins are still very well and thriving.
The two black rhino calves are also doing well and appear to have settled in to life without people around quite well.

The elephants that were released into Kuzuko area went out of their bomas the morning after release calmly and quickly and are busy exploring the new area. We will be releasing two Addo bulls in a few weeks time in order to gain a healthy mix of genes in this northern elephant population of Addo.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:08 am

Hi Megan,
How do the ellies cope with the change in their 'diet' coming from Kruger? Is the vegetation in their new home not very different to that in the Kruger? Is there any difference in climate in the area they have been released into to that in the Kruger and if so, do the ellies cope well with this?

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:18 am

The vegetation is definitely different, but there is plenty of suitable food. Acacia karoo (sweet thorn) is quite abundant, especially along the river areas. There are also succulent plants such as noors (Euphorbia coerulescens) - a species favoured by black rhino and therefore probably suitable for elephants.

We are setting up monitoring plots to monitor what effect the elephants will have on this nama-karoo vegetation.

The climate is very hot in summer and cold in winter (mornings and evenings) with a low rainfall (250 mm/yr) but there are enough waterpoints to cater for the needs of elephants and other wildlife in the area.

Although the summers are hot, elephants will be able to seek shade in the riverine thickets.
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:23 am

There are no plans as yet to introduce elephants to Karoo National Park.

I am not sure which tv programme you saw, but it could have been the elephants that we have introduced into the karoo area of the Addo Elephant National Park, or a private game reserve in the karoo that plans to introduce big five.

If it was the former, the family group that was introduced was translocated from Kruger.
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Unread post by ladza » Sun Sep 04, 2005 1:08 pm

Hi..visited Addo National Park last month and saw quite a lot of bats. Does anyone have idea of which species are found in Addo?

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Mon Sep 05, 2005 7:30 am

Hi

It could be one of the following bats:
Egyptian Fruit Bat Rousettus aegypticus
Cape Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus capensis
Cape Serotine Bat Neoromicia capensis
Egyptian Slit-faced Bat Nycteris thebaica

All of these species occur in the Addo area of the park, so it may have been any one of them.
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Unread post by lam » Sun Sep 11, 2005 3:58 pm

Addo Elephant wrote:National Parks, including the Addo Elephant National Park, have a policy of only introducing species that would have occurred historically in the area. Thus, historical records are consulted before any new additions are made. This ensures that we are conserving a natural ecosystem, that is as close to the natural system or biome as possible.


One thing I really do enjoy is going to the different National Parks and KwaZulu parks (can I say that?) and seeing the animals in the areas they should be. Private Game Parks that are stocked with any old thing are little better than zoos.

I would hate to see Slender or Dwarf mongoose in Addo, but I do love them in other parks.

It will be interesting to see, when Addo is all joined up properly and the fences are all down and roads and trainlines go ......, whether the animals will stay in the areas they were re-introduced to, or whether the Wildebeest and Springbok will move over the hill in drier years.

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Re: September visit

Unread post by lam » Sun Sep 11, 2005 4:26 pm

terryallen wrote:I am returning to the park in september but havent visited for a few years. Can anyone give me any hints where to find the lions or hyena at this time of year.
Also is it possible to see whales if driving by yourself or do i need to book a trip
Thanks


For lions, the night drive is your best chance.

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Unread post by lam » Fri Oct 07, 2005 3:52 pm

[quote="The Herald Online"]PORT ELIZABETH Friday October 7, 2005

Addo buffalo to shift out of predators’ way

By Guy Rogers Environment & Tourism Editor

SURPLUS buffalo from Addo’s precious disease-free population are being moved to safe camps to rebuild stocks, after incurring heavy losses to recently introduced lions and hyenas.

As the largest population in the country free both of bovine TB and foot-and-mouth, the 450 buffalo at the Addo Elephant National Park are worth about R160 000 each, in financial terms, and even more in terms of sustaining the species – a true blue member of the Big Five.

SANParks social ecologist Megan Bradfield, said yesterday that Addo’s management team had no intention of “removingâ€Â


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