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Rainfall: August 2015:
1983 - 2015 0mm
1992 - 2015
Max: 35°C
Min: 05°C
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Knowledge Base

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):

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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. These bulls are also affectionately known amongst wildlife enthusiasts as “dagga boys” - most probably originating from the Zulu word “dagga” meaning mud, describing their keenness to spend many hours lazing about in muddy wallows.

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African Wattle

Through November, the African wattle (Peltophorum africanum) was an endearing feature in the landscape. It is a fairly common tree on Ingwelala and this season their collective and simultaneous flowering delivered a spectacular yellow hue amidst the summer greenery.

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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.

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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. Anthrax is the only disease in the KNP and its surrounds that kills its host in order to survive. 

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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.

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Awareness on Snakes, Scorpions & Spiders

An interesting presentation on our more poisonous species; how to identify them and what to do.
Compiled & presented by: Jeanine Burger, Senior Environmental Advisor, Eskom.

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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 outside the back entrance to the old kitchen/library, and have returned to a very similar geographical location.

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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.

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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. Depending on the climate the bacteria can survive for days to weeks in the environment..

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