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Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease affecting cattle and a variety of wildlife worldwide. It is caused by a bacteria (Mycobacterium bovis) that gains access to the body via the respiratory or alimentary tracts or through the skin. Depending on the climate the bacteria can survive for days to weeks in the environment..
The Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) is a species that needs no introduction at Ingwelala. It is well known to all. Despite its opportunistic behaviour of “break and entry” to source food in human dwellings and leave a foul trail of numerous unpleasant calling cards, it is a highly intelligent mammal that lives in a highly organised, social community.
A common pedestrian seen crossing the reserve roads these days, is the flap-necked chameleon, Chamaeleo dilepis. They are currently abundant, their only misfortune as a population being the numbers that have been prejudiced by road kills.
The generic name Acinonyx is probably derived from the Greek akaina, a thorn, and onyx, a claw, referring to the foot with its unsheathed claws.
The rainy season impacts on our smaller species as well and we should consider their protection as we traverse the reserve.