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Although it is generally acknowledged that the creation of permanent artificial water has played a major role in the transformation of the Central Lowveld with regard to both habitat as well as species distribution changes, it is still a hotly debated subject.
Special mention is made of the two sausage trees (Kigelia africana) at the office that have flowered twice this summer, a phenomenon not often seen. The sausage tree is a relatively well known tree, easy to identify, especially when in flower and bearing fruit. Its alternate common name is cucumber tree and in Afrikaans it is called a Worsboom. In Africa it occurs from Chad to the northern parts of South Africa and occurs in the west from Namibia to Senegal.
Every now and again one hears a sound at night which although is entirely believable, still seems out of kilter, in an endearing way. One such sound occurred the other night when a herd of zebras chose to be very vocal. It seemed strange because in the five and a half years we have lived at Ingwelala I have never heard a zebra call at night.