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The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an animal that has always fascinated me, its shape and size unmistakable in the African savanna with its intriguing physiological adaptations.
The Southern Ground-Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri is a conservation icon of South Africas savannas. Once widespread and fairly common, a recent analysis of the species status in South Africa has revealed that both its range and numbers decreased by approximately two-thirds during the 20th Century.
Retz’s Helmet-Shrike (Prionops retzii) occurs widely through Africa, south of the equator. Preferred habitat is riverine woodland, mopani woodland and deciduous. Sexes are alike in appearances.
The following text is an account from a Member who came face to face with a hyena in camp early one morning.
An unmistakable call is that of the Side-striped jackal (Canis adustus) which is accentuated in camp during the cold crisp winter evenings, piercing the night air as its high pitch echoes and hollows, disclosing its whereabouts as a contact call.