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With the Ingwelala region being exceptionally dry John Llewellyn includes a summary of the latest medium-term weather forecasting from the South African Weather Service:
A gale force wind that briefly passed through Ingwelala during the early evening of 31 December raised havoc in the veld. Several large trees were either literally snapped off at the trunk or uprooted. This included iconic Marula and Leadwood trees in the landscape, so sad to see.
It is with great sadness we bid Mark and Karen Shaw good bye, as they begin the next chapter in their family lives. They have added much value to the management of Ingwelala over the past four years. Join me in wishing them every success in the future.
Following on the previous month’s report on the 2017 numbers for the annual game census for the Umbabat, it was highlighted that buffalo numbers have declined noticeably due to the drought. This is a general trend across the broader landscape. Subsequently a dedicated buffalo count was undertaken on 09 October 2017.
Another annual exercise that takes place in the Umbabat is the predator survey, commonly referred to as a “lion call up”. Despite lions being the target species in this exercise, other predators such as leopards, wild dogs, hyenas and jackals have made occasional appearances. The objective of the survey is to determine lion numbers, population dynamics, general body condition and dispersal of male lions.
The annual game count was conducted by aerial census across the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) in September 2017.
It all started at about 10 o'clock on Monday morning. The monkeys outside our house started alarm calling and scattered to the treetops.
We decided to go into the river bed and investigate.
Veld rehabilitation is work in progress, there is initial work undertaken and then depending on success rates of effectiveness, one or more follow up treatments may be necessary.
This is an interim progress report on the two rehabilitation (trial) projects approved by the Board in February 2017. Initial work was carried out in May and June 2017.
The son of Henry and Debbie Hibbett who manage Ndlopfu shared the following experience with Ingwelala:
On Wednesday, 19 July 2017 we received a radio call from the Elephants Alive Research Team of a young elephant bull with wire wrapped around its right hind leg.
As the drier winter months set in, the camp environment becomes increasingly more appetizing to elephants. This is so because the browse material in camp stays greener for much longer than the natural veld, and elephants are attracted to this green bite.