South Africa Safari – Zebras

Zebra

Zebra

Burchell’s zebras once populated the African plains in great numbers. Wild herds were thought to have disappeared by 1910. When European settlement spread north from the Cape to Rhodesia, this subspecies was believed to have been hunted to extinction. We saw them on eco-safari. When water is abundant, herds can be observed around waterholes, where they drink and roll in dust to remove parasites. Every animal’s hide markings is unique – like a fingerprint.

Zebra

Zebra

Zebra

Zebra

Zebras and Antelope

Zebras and Antelope

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Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright Trilogy, a saga that takes place in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies.
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South Africa Safari – the New Generation

Take a look at this video shot at the Balule Nature Preserve by Naledi Lodges!   Baby animals – the next generation.
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Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright Trilogy – a saga that takes place in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies.  You can read about it online at:

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South Africa Safari – Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

The Cape Buffalo is a large African bovine. The animal has a long but stocky body, with a shoulder height up to 5 feet and a head-and-body length up to 11 feet. They weigh 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, with males larger than females. Because of their size and unpredictable nature, they are highly dangerous to humans.  On safari, we were repeatedly told to not approach these animals.  Even the safari trucks kept a safe distance.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

The horns of Cape Buffalo are unusual. The adult bull’s horns have fused bases, forming a continuous bone shield which can not always be penetrated by a bullet.  They are herbivores, feasting on tall, coarse grasses.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Watch this amazing eight minute video shot on safari at Kruger National Park in South Africa. It is a battle between a herd of Cape Buffalo, a small pride of lions, and a pair of crocodiles over a baby buffalo. Entitled ‘Battle at Kruger’, the video was shot in September 2004 by videographer David Budzinski and photographer Jason Schlosberg.

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Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright Trilogy, a saga that takes place in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies.  You can read about it online at:

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South Africa Safari – The African Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

The African Elephant is the largest land mammal.  Male African elephants can reach a height of 4 m (13 ft) and weigh 7,000 kg (15,000 lb).  They have a long trunk used for many purposes, for grasping objects and taking up water. Their incisors grow into tusks, which serve as tools for moving things and digging and as weapons for fighting.

Water is essential to regulation of body temperature, so an elephant drinks 150 litres a day.  To keep cool, they also gently flap their ears to expose shallow blood vessels on the underside.

Drinking

Drinking

Drinking

Drinking

Drinking

Drinking

From our nearby position, there was so much water moving – it sounded almost like a toilet flushing.

We Get Close

We Get Close

We were told that the elephant eats up to 300kg of plant material a day – digesting only half of that. The remaining material winds up in their excrement – which contains sharp thorns and twigs. We were told that you shouldn’t run over it with your vehicle or risk puncturing your tires!  (Talk about a cast iron stomach.)

Elephant Poop

Elephant Poop

Because of their size, predators such as lions, tigers, hyenas and wild dogs usually keep their distance – targeting only the young elephants (or “calves”).

How Close?

How Close?

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About the blogger:
Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright Trilogy, a saga that takes place in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies. You can read about it online at: http://www.DarkBirthrightSaga.com