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Sometime in January, at about 10 in the morning, with everyone doing their normal thing; walking about, visiting the shop, relaxing at the pool, or swimming - someone reported in that a leopard was in the camp near the pool.
In March of 2014 a few of my overseas guests and I booked a guided walk with our fearless ranger Mark. Apart from being able to explore Ingwelala on foot, we came across a few prickly pear cacti. Mark informed us that the prickly pears had quite a wide distribution on the property.
The effects and excruciating pain of a scorpion sting can never be underestimated, especially on young children. What follows is a real-life account from the father of a nine year old girl who was recently stung by a scorpion at Argyle Boma:
The Conservation team has being spending much of their time repairing damaged fences. Most of the fence damage is a result of elephants wishing to breach the fence to access what may be perceived as “the grass is greener on the other side”. This is a winter trend.
Several conservation initiatives currently practiced on Ingwelala prompted me to consider writing about natural processes in the environment, and what we understand about these processes. First up is to acknowledge that conservation is not an exact science, we learn from analyzing the results of past and present practices. Failures should be disregarded and the successes embellished on to achieve the buzz word “best practice”.