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2016- Week 01
- (Added 3. Jan. 2015 - 11:00)

Hello everybody, and a Happy New Year to all...

Here’s a nice picture of a group of black-faced impala (Aepyceros melampus petersi) to start off the season. Note just one male... There is some debate as to whether the black-faced variety is a sub-species, with recent genetic evidence suggesting perhaps not. However, black-faced rams are in high demand, since they are significantly bigger the common impala – hence some more unscrupulous breeders will mix the back-faced line with common impala to produce larger specimens. On Ongava we have a pure line of black-faced impala, one of the largest privately held herds.

Xmas 2015
- (Added 20. Dec. 2015 - 11:00)

 Hello to all out there. We here at ORC would like to wish all our readers, colleagues and espeically our sponsors a great Xmas. See you all in the New Year!

2015 - Week 47
- (Added 22. Nov. 2015 - 11:00)

Difficult to say who is the ‘spikiest’ in this camera trap picture! Obviously the brown hyaena is not impressed with the porcupine being so close…

2015 - Week 45 and 46
- (Added 15. Nov. 2015 - 11:00)

 Locked away underatking a major re-write of ORC's data processing software...

Normal service will be resumed next week!




2015 - Week 44
- (Added 1. Nov. 2015 - 11:00)

Black rhinos can make some pretty loud noises – that huge chest allows them to generate sounds across a large range of frequencies, especially infrasound (frequencies below 20Hz). We know that rhinos can produce sounds as low as 5Hz, which is well below the threshold that humans can hear. However it is not known whether they (like elephants) use infrasound for communication. In the image below you can also see excellent evidence of the prehensile upper lip of the black rhino. Very useful when it comes to stripping leaves off thorn bushes!

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