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2015 - Week 24
- (Added 14. Jun. 2015 - 11:00)

We are pleased to report that this week ORC received a very generous grant from the Ann Dunne and Anthony Cerami Foundation for World Health. The donation was made in memoriam of their close friend Mariette Horstink, and will be used to provide further equipment and information systems for Ongava’s anti-poaching units. We also named one of our young female white rhinos ‘Mariette’ in her honor – here she is:

We hope that these additional security and monitoring measures will allow us to provide Mariette and her fellow rhinos a long and productive life on Ongava.

 



2015 - Week 23
- (Added 7. Jun. 2015 - 11:00)

Porcupines (We have the Cape Porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis on Ongava) usually have only one litter per year. And then over half of those births produce just one baby porcupine. So these parents (porcupines are monogamous, so this will be mother and father) are doing well!



2015 - Week 22
- (Added 31. May. 2015 - 11:00)

Some things are more difficult to carry than others… This brown hyaena is trying to move their ‘prize’ out of Ongava and into Etosha National Park… There are several shots in this sequence – the hyaena appears carrying what appear to be entrails, then drops them… not so easy to pick up, it seems.



2015 - Week 21
- (Added 24. May. 2015 - 11:00)

This week we get two for the price of one… both of Ongava’s chelonians (at least the ones we know about) in one picture. Chelonians are the branch of reptiles that have shells – tortoises, turtles and terrapins. I had planned to show the leopard tortoise Geochelone pardalis, but on closer inspection you will also be able to see a small marsh terrapin Pelomedusa subrufa basking on the edge of the waterhole on the left. According to the literature, we may also have one of the geometric tortoises here (the serrated tortoise Psammobates oculiferus), but our surveys have not revealed a specimen to date.



2015 - Week 20
- (Added 17. May. 2015 - 11:00)

Another aerial shot from Ongava’s Tented Camp… Oddly enough, we do see quite a few of these ‘in flight’ shots from the waterhole camera at that camp. I say odd, since there are salt licks very close to the buildings there, and these antelope (here a black-faced impala) come to within a few meters of where people are sitting. Hence they are very habituated to that location, and generally very relaxed. Perhaps there is something approaching that we cannot see in this shot…




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