While people all over the world were looking for Easter eggs over the Easter weekend we were out looking for animals. April brought about quite a lot of rain… very unusual for this time of year as we are going into winter which is the dry season. With the rain, the dams are in good shape for winter. Here are some highlights from April we would like to share with you.
The word “hippopotamus” comes from the Greek word for “water horse” or “river horse,”. They can’t breathe underwater but can hold their breath for around 5 minutes.
Elephant herds are led by the oldest female known as the matriarch. Old bulls often roam on their own, or with a few other bulls in a bachelor herd. Elephants will often meet up at waterholes have a greeting and head their separate ways.
The African wild dog has some fascinating markings hence the other name used for them is the “African Painted dog”. Each fur pattern is unique to an individual and this can be used as a way of recognizing each other.
March school holidays kept us rather busy with families from all over the world joining us for activities. Here are some of the highlights:
This bull white rhino was killed close to the road and for a few days, there were a number of visitors around the sight. Even some vultures came to investigate which is a rare sighting for us.
This is how we love to see our rhinos and should be the way we all get to see them for now and many years to come. The Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust and counter poaching team do all that they can to try and prevent a tragedy like this from happening. They have to rely on donations to do what they need to which means that every cent counts. http://pilanesbergwildlifetrust.co.za/
What can we say about the month of love… we have been rather busy as it was also Chinese new year. The sightings have really been fantastic and we had many guests leaving with a lifetime of memories. Here are some of the highlights: