Ongava Research Centre Blog...

2015 - Week 18
- (Added 3. May. 2015 - 11:00)

Red hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus caama calves are very vulnerable to predation, so females tend to hide their youngsters in dense vegetation before coming to drink. So it is not often we see such a young calf out in the open… In fact, this picture is from a camera trap placed at the waterhole at Ongava’s Tented Camp (you can see one of the tents in the background), so one might think the hartebeest might feel especially vulnerable here.

2015 - Week 17
- (Added 26. Apr. 2015 - 11:00)

Not much to add to this image, apart from… impressive! This is one of a number of male leopards that we see on Ongava – some appear to be resident, and other transients, just appearing from time to time.

2015 - Week 16
- (Added 19. Apr. 2015 - 11:00)

I can hear the complaints now. Yet another Photoshop manipulation… Absolutely not! I think we seriously underestimate how high these animals can jump, even when we see them in action. The reason this kudu looks a little unnatural in flight is that the camera has captured the peak of the jump as the animals alters its angle to land on its front legs. The interesting thing here is that none of the other animals appear to be about to rush off into the distance – it is likely that the kudu was ‘encouraged’ to leave the immediate vicinity of the waterhole by a more aggressive individual, here probably a mountain zebra.

2015 - Week 15
- (Added 12. Apr. 2015 - 11:00)

Here we see ‘The Russians’, the three-male coalition from our central lion pride. One of the males has a significantly shorter tail, probably an injury picked up as a cub – he arrived on Ongava some three years ago minus the last two-thirds of his tail. The image shows the GPS tracking collar on one of them (‘Tolstoy’) so that we can monitor where this coalition moves relative to the females in the pride, and also relative to our other male coalition. We are always surprised by the results from tracking collars – last week this group of males toured the entire home range of our other pride! Since we also have a tracking collar on one male in that coalition we could see that these two sets of males were very near to each other for a few hours. No signs of any injuries so perhaps just a preliminary sortie to assess the strength of the western pride…

2015 - Week 14
- (Added 5. Apr. 2015 - 11:00)

I was reviewing some of late last year’s camera trap shots of our elephants, and was taken by how well-matched the colour of the mud and the skin colour of the elephant are in this shot. We know that elephants spray themselves with water and mud in order to help with protection from both the elements and skin parasites. In doing this they take on the colours of the soil. This can be very well seen in Etosha National Park, where the so-called ‘white ghosts’ are elephants that spray themselves from a water source that has a pale clay as its surrounding soil base. Whatever the colour, elephants always seem to enjoy the experience…

««« ««  [...] | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | [...]  »» »»»

discovery is in our nature

Sponsored By...

Philadelphia Zoo Anthony Cerami and Anne Dunne Foundation West Midland Safari Park Premier Tours Wilderness Safari