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Saturday, March 1, 2014

SA Diversity Tour (27-30/01/2014) Day 12 to 15 – Part 2

Satara Rest Camp

In a small pool of water left by the rains, there was a small herd of buffalo wallowing in the mud.
It seems that two of them had been injured as one was bleeding from the nose and the other from the ears and I wondered if this was caused by them fighting or if it was maybe Bovine TB which first reared its ugly head in the Park during 1990. BTB is considered an alien organism as it is picked up along the southern borders of the Park from domestic cattle. It not only affects the buffalo but also the carnivorous species which feed on them such as lions, leopard, cheetah, hyaena and baboon. For more info on the testing done in the Park, please go to this link: http://www.krugerpark.co.za/krugerpark-times-4-6-bovine-survey-24294.html  

A Giraffe had a strange-looking disease on his skin along his neck.
I do not know what it is nor can I find out anything about it.
The following three photo’s really made me chuckle. LOL!! This elephant decided to take a nap against a tree but his trunk kept getting in the way.
He shifted around a bit and finally got the pesky thing out of his way by putting it up. LOL!!
Even in sleep, the ears still flap to cool him down or was it to get rid of the flies? J
Monitor Lizards are the largest of the species found in South Africa and can reach lengths of up to 2m (6’). They mainly eat small prey such as birds and their eggs, snakes etc. and can often be seen in trees raiding nests during the breeding season.
No two giraffe have the same pattern and colour.
What luck!! I had been trying to find a leopard and going back to camp late one afternoon, here was a youngish one sitting on a bridge in full view!! Oh my!! What a BEAUTIFUL sight!!
He did not even stir for about 10 minutes which allowed us to take some great shots. It is incredible to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
The young Zebra foal had a very black face which looked like the hairs had been rubbed off the skin. A birth defect? No telling what might have caused it.
This is what a normal Zebra face looks like.
After a thrilling stay at Satara, it was time to move on......

2 comments:

retriever said...

Wonderfull shots, greting from Belgium

Rhodesia said...

Wonderful set of photos. I hope it is not TB, the first I have heard of it there. We used to do a lot of work on Foot and Mouth so you don't need TB as well. Keep well Diane