I was enjoying the cool night air at Kruger National Park’s Mopani Rest Camp. Far away, I heard a hippo grunt, then a jackal call. But I was mesmerised by the small, slender creature in the branches of an acacia next to my hut.
If you want to see cheetahs up close in a protected environment, then visit the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in the foothills of the Magaliesberg. You’ll not only have an exciting day out, but also contribute to further research and conservation.
In December, I spent a few days with the WildlifeACT rangers and volunteers at Mkhuze Game Reserve in Zululand, who are dedicated to tracking and monitoring African painted dogs on the reserve, making sure they’re safe and, more importantly, snare-free.
It’s not a myth – elephants do mourn their dead, as a recent visit to Madikwe Game Reserve showed. A young elephant chased off the lions feeding on the body of his dead brother and then quietly grieved.
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