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Rainfall: February 2018:
1983 - 2017 90.2mm
1992 - 2017
Max: 37°C
Min: 20°C
7/14 Day forecast - Ingwelala

Knowledge Base

Nile Crocodiles

The abundant surface water has resulted in Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) popping up all over. From the Class; Reptilia, Nile crocodiles are fairly widespread through central, western and southern Africa and also occur in the western parts of Madagascar.

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Nile Crocodiles 2 - Nesting Crocodiles

Of late I have being punting the point of how wonderful the Nhlaralumi River is functioning with fewer upstream impoundments. The natural processes that follow are remarkable in such a short space of time since the failing of certain dams in January 2012.

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Potato Bush

Nature provides plenty of tangible evidence that there is a change in seasons. However, an endearing olfactory clue for me that there is a shift in season is the early evening scent of the potato bush, Phyllanthus reticulatus.

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Praying Mantis

article rabies 01Each (summer) season that passes owns its own peculiarities, and this season was no exception. One phenomenon was an abundance of praying mantises, of various species, shapes, colours and sizes.

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Processionary Moths

The larvae phase of Processionary Moths that appear in caterpillar type form are currently active and are best seen when crossing roads.

Processionary Moths are from the family Thaumetopoeidae, sub family Notodontidae and a genera occurring in our region is Anaphe. Six species are recorded.

Processions take place when migrations occur between feeding stations. In the Lowveld tree species such as Dombeya (wild pear), Sideroxylon (milkwood) and Diplorhynchus (horn-pod) are the sought after host plants.

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Purple-pod (or Lowveld) Cluster-leaf

Terminalia prunioides, commonly known as Purple-pod Cluster-leaf or Lowveld Cluster-leaf, and in Afrikaans as Sterkbos, is a striking tree in the landscape during mid summer.

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article rabies 01The most striking activity during the reporting period has been a sudden influx of thousands upon thousands of Red-billed queleas (Quelea quelea). To describe their numbers and activities in words is almost impossible. It is a show of natural wonder in the skies that only eye witnesses might truly appreciate.

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article rabies 01Rabies is a fatal disease in humans and other mammals that is caused by a virus transmitted by animal bites. The virus responsible is a lyssavirus of which there are 7 genotypes. Only 3 of these genotypes have been isolated in South Africa. It is the oldest infectious disease known to man and has been present for more than 3000 years.

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Raisin Bush

Whilst driving around the Reserve, I have made an interesting observation regarding elephant utilization of Grewia spp. (Raisin bush).

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Red Bushwillows

April was marked by the early changes of autumn. The abundant Red Bushwillows (Combretum apiculatum) are deciduous by nature and usually amongst the first to forewarn us of a change in seasons as their leaves turn from a brilliant summer green to a cosy golden yellow.

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