Posts – Wildlife

A bit of a lark

I am the most frivolous kind of birder. The larger and more colourful the bird, the happier I am. Ask me to identify an LBJ (little brown job) and I’ll immediately find something better to do.

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The trials of being a chameleon

I nearly tripped over a Karoo dwarf chameleon last week. Literally. He was in my garden, treading carefully over the lawn. I could not resist picking him up.

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Mrs Ticklemouse and the baboon

The baboons hereabouts are quick learners. When confronted with sliding doors, the baboons of Pringle Bay simply lift them off the rails, and put them gently against a wall.

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Living with wild beasts

In fact, lodge pools double up as interesting alternative waterholes for animals, especially elephants, which are also quite partial to carefully planted shade trees.

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When sheep go wild

Odd things happen when farmland is transformed into nature reserves. We encountered 1 such example recently at the stunning Haaspoort Private Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

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The kangaroo buck

I always thought the springbok’s scientific name, Antidorcas marsupialis, mentioned marsupials because of the bouncy tendencies of both.

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Meerkat magic

Just outside the ostrich farming town of Oudtshoorn in the Karoo, once famous for its feathers and ‘feather palaces’ where the ostrich farmers lived it up, you can now take a meerkat tour with conservationist Devey Glinister.

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Chippie the ground squirrel

The first time I saw Chippie, she was tiny, and was sprinting up our cul de sac, pursued by the neighbour’s gardener.

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