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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.