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Fauna & Flora

African Barred Owlet

Bungalow # 197 offered this account of witnessing a fantastic interaction between the African Barred Owlet and the Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis).

African Buffalo

An endearing trend that occurs each winter in the camp environment is the frequent visits, if not semi permanent residency, of a couple of old bachelor buffalos.

African Wattle

Through November, the African wattle (Peltophorum africanum) was an endearing feature in the landscape.

African Wild Dog

Wild dogs are extremely social by nature, living in packs which are necessary for survival. Their social nature defines a strict order of dominance which allows them to be highly organised when hunting,

Aloes

At this time of the year the aloes have just finished providing the most beautiful colours against the drabness of passing winter. The flowers are alive with buzzing insects and birds feeding on the sweet nectar.

Anthrax

Anthrax has a worldwide distribution and is caused by a bacterium (Bacillus anthracis) resulting in a non-contagious disease that can affect wildlife, domestic animals and humans. 

Appelblaar Tree

A beautiful image in the landscape at this time of the year is the prolific flowering of the tree Philenoptera violacea, formerly known as Lonchocarpus capassa.

Awareness on Snakes, Scorpions & Spiders

An interesting presentation on our more poisonous species; how to identify them and what to do.

Bats - Wahlber’s Epauletted Fruit Bats

A fascinating event is that of a few Wahlber’s Epauletted Fruit Bats (Epomophorus wahlbergi) roosting under the eaves of the office block. What intrigues me is that these bats used to roost under the eaves

Black Mamba

The black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is a snake often seen on Ingwelala. Paging through the 2011 sightings register reminded me how often this reptile is encountered, and avoided by most at all cost, certainly by me on at least one occasion.

Brief Overview of TB in Wildlife

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease affecting cattle and a variety of wildlife worldwide. It is caused by a bacteria (Mycobacterium bovis) that gains access to the body via the respiratory or alimentary tracts or through the skin. 

Chacma Baboon

The Chacma baboon  (Papio ursinus) is a species that needs no introduction at Ingwelala. It is well known to all. 

Chameleon

A common pedestrian seen crossing the reserve roads these days, is the flap-necked chameleon, Chamaeleo dilepis. 

Cheetah Facts: Did you Know?

Cheetah’s are unusual to this part of this world, and are not common to the Umbabat Game Reserve.

Cicada, the Summer Screamer

As you walk beneath the Mopani trees in camp in the early summer (November – December), you will experience the air piercing shrills that make your ears and head buzz.

Dicoma Tomentosa

A plant that drew much attention this season is the herb type plant called Dicoma tomentosa. It is currently abundant on the reserve favouring road verges and open areas.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies have ancient ancestors dating back to at least 300 million years ago. From the order Odonata, dragonflies form the suborder Anisoptera, about 3000 species are known globally.

Dung Beetle

Undoubtedly one of the most commonly noticed insect activities is that of the dung beetles, particularly those rolling dung balls.

Dwarf Mongoose

The Dwarf Mongoose, the smallest of the mongoose family, is a typical mongoose: It has a large pointed head, small ears, a long tail, short limbs, and long claws.

Elephants

The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the largest and heaviest terrestrial mammal in Africa and has an extensive range from south of the Sahara Desert to South Africa. 

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