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Addo Elephant National Park

Elephant rumbles

When I was a child growing up in Kwa-Zulu Natal, elephants had not yet been introduced into our provincial parks, and so apart from sighting elephants on two brief trips to Kruger National Park, it was only in the early 1990s on slightly more extended trips to Botswana that we spent more time observing elephants – usually from our vehicle but sometimes too as they walked by, or even into, our camping site.

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Just saying hi!

This week things have got a bit hectic so I am just saying hi and postponing the post on elephant communication until next week.

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Paying tribute to elephants

I have been thinking about elephants after last week’s post that mentioned the two pairs of elephant tusks framing the South African national Coat of Arms. In this national emblem elephants are seen to symbolise “wisdom, strength, moderation and eternity”, and by coincidence today is World Elephant Day.

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Weekly Photo Find: Buffalo encountering a tortoise

This week’s photo find is of two buffalo approaching a tortoise, grazing near a waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Buffalo encountering a tortoise”

Weekly Photo Find: Scrub Hare

There was one clear view through the stems of surrounding shrubbery of this Scrub Hare remaining motionless in dappled shade, apparently hoping not to be seen, one foreleg extended rather elegantly forward. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Scrub Hare”

Trunks playfully twisted

These two young elephants were jousting near a water hole. As they pushed and shoved they often raised their trunks and twisted them together during their good-natured wrestling. Continue reading “Trunks playfully twisted”

Southern Boubou: A bushshrike that’s usually quite shy

The Southern Boubou is most noticeable on account of its ringing duetting call. It is an audible presence in our garden, and we catch glimpses of the pair hopping through low dense foliage, but they are shy and it is difficult to get a clear view of them. These photos were taken on a recent road trip to the Western Cape and back. Cheating perhaps? Continue reading “Southern Boubou: A bushshrike that’s usually quite shy”

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