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The Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) is a small antelope that is often seen on Ingwelala. I was recently asked by a Member why currently it seems that the Steenbok numbers are more prolific than usual.
If you have been around Ingwelala camp recently, you would have heard one of the most beautiful sounds in the African Bush, the call of the iconic African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer). You may have noticed that they are calling very frequently during this time of the year, and wondered why this could be.
If you come to a wilderness area such as the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, you would immediately notice the myriads of different land animal forms of all different shapes and sizes, such as mammals, reptiles, birds and even the small invertebrates and insects.
Falling in the Class Reptilia, tortoises are from the Order Chelonia and are parallel to other Orders Crocodilia and Squamata, these being crocodiles and snakes and lizards respectively. It is thought that tortoises lived long before the dinosaurs.
Most mornings in camp, at precious dawn, if you listen very carefully and are able to shut out the rhythmic sound of your partner’s sleepy breathing, you can hear the distinct call of Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, formerly known as the Giant Eagle-Owl (Bubo lacteus).
The vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus pygerythrus) that frequent the Reception car park are a growing concern from the point of view of behavioural changes. During the busy periods of high occupancy in Camp, this troop of monkeys have learned that there are “easy pickings” to be found foraging through the game viewers in the car park.
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.
The White-headed Vulture (Aegypius occipitalis) is one of five species of vultures that can be seen at Ingwelala. Of huge concern is the steady decline of population numbers for the White-headed Vulture.
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.