Egyptian Goose; Geese; Hluhluwe; National Park; Kwazulu; Bird; South Africa; brown; dark patch; inland waters; estuaries; females noisy; males hiss; Kolgans; Alopochen aegyptiacus; South African Shelduck; Nilgans; nijlgans;
Alopochen aegyptiacus (Egyptian Goose) Kolgans [Afrikaans]; Ilowe [Xhosa]; iLongwe [Zulu]; Lefaloa (also applied to South African Shelduck) [South Sotho]; Lefaloa [North Sotho]; Dada (generic name for duck or goose), Hanzi, Sekwe (generic name for duck or goose) [Shona]; Sekwa (generic term for duck or goose) [Tsonga]; Legôu (also applied to Spur-winged goose) [Tswana]; Nijlgans [Dutch]; Ouette d'Égypte [French]; Nilgans [German]; Ganso do Egipto [Portuguese
Vernon Crookes Nature reserve; Zebra; Blue Wildebeest; bird life; indigenous flora; south Coast; Kwazulu; Umzinto; South Africa; wooded slopes; grassland; auto trail; visit; tourist; animals; nature; mist;
The reserve boasts 56 mammal species. These include zebra, blue wildebeest, bushbuck, blesbok, oribi, reedbuck, blue and grey duiker, black-backed jackal, vervet monkeys, rock hyrax, tree hyrax, caracal, slender mongoose, white tailed mongoose, egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose and porcupine. The abundant birdlife (some 300 confirmed species) includes a number of spectacular raptors like the Crowned and Martial eagle which nest in the reserve, while an interesting variety of indigenous flora adds to the reserve's attractions, not least in spring when the veld is alive with colour. Accommodation is provided in Nyengelezi camp which consists of a 10 bed rustic tree house and five 2 bed rondavels. The camp is equiped with crockery and cutlery cooking utensils, fridges and stoves. Visitors to the tree house must provide their own bedding and towels. The camp is suitable for study groups or for mini conferences as there is a small hall which can be used as a laboratory or as a conference venue. This secluded getaway is found on the South Coast some 12 km inland from Umzinto, along the Ixopo road. The reserve's wooded slopes, grassland ridges and clear views of the ocean to the east offer the ideal setting for communing with nature while enjoying the excellent trails, picnic facilities and autotrail.
Monkey orange, tree indigenous; tropical, subtropical, Africa juicy, sweet-sour, yellow fruits hard brown seeds. , Eastern Cape; Kwazulu-Natal, Mozambique; Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Northern Botswana; Northern Namibia; Tembe; tribal; gathered; dried; stamped; cooked; boiled; eaten; food; snake bite; yellow; hard skin; edible supplementary source; rural people; sun dried ; food preserve. seeds s poisonous ; wood ; carpentry. Timber implement handles, fighting sticks ; hut poles; carving. The leaves, roots and fruit (seeds) are used medicinally. Some people use root infusions as a treatment for snakebite. Others use the bark and unripe fruit. It is believed that the presence of strychnine in the bark and unripe fruit along with other alkaloids are responsible for helping overcome the venom of certain snakes, such as Mamba. A decoction of the leaf or root is used as an analgesic in Central Africa. The dried fruit, after the seeds are removed, are often used as sounding-boxes for musical instruments such as the marimba. They are also carved and sold as curios..
Monkey orange is a tree indigenous to tropical and subtropical Africa which bears juicy, sweet-sour, yellow fruits containing numerous hard brown seeds. In Tropical Africa, this fruit grows in Eastern Cape to Kwazulu-Natal, Mozambique and inland to Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Northern Botswana and Northern Namibia and north to tropical Africa. This fruit has now travelled to other parts of the world too. It has recently been introduced into Israel for trial as a potential new commercial crop.Fruit is edible and is used as a supplementary source of food by rural people during times of shortage. The fruit is often sun dried as a food preserve. However, he seeds should be avoided though as they are poisonous or could have purgative effects. The wood is used for general carpentry. Timber from this tree is also used to produce implement handles, fighting sticks and hut poles. It is also used for carving. The leaves, roots and fruit (seeds) are used medicinally. Some people use root infusions as a treatment for snakebite. Others use the bark and unripe fruit. It is believed that the presence of strychnine in the bark and unripe fruit along with other alkaloids are responsible for helping overcome the venom of certain snakes, such as Mamba. A decoction of the leaf or root is used as an analgesic in Central Africa. The dried fruit, after the seeds are removed, are often used as sounding-boxes for musical instruments such as the marimba. They are also carved and sold as curios.
Indian Tiger; Bengal; Panthera tigris tigris; endangered; help protect; slaughtered; killed; heritage; kept safe; world heritage centre Krugersdorp, stripes; zoo; South Africa; Gauteng; Rob Weaver; visit; save; love; at risk; save the tiger;
The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is a tiger subspecies native to the Indian subcontinent that in 2010 has been classified as endangered by IUCN. The total population is estimated at fewer than 2,500 individuals with a decreasing trend, and none of the Tiger Conservation Landscapes within the Bengal tiger's range is large enough to support an effective population size of 250 adult individuals. The Bengal tiger is the most numerous tiger subspecies with populations estimated at 1,520–1,909 in India, 440 in Bangladesh, 124–229 in Nepal and 67–81 in Bhutan. Bengal is traditionally fixed as the typical locality for the binomial Panthera tigris, to which the British taxonomist Reginald Innes Pocock subordinated the Bengal tiger in 1929 under the trinomial Panthera tigris tigris.
White Tigers; Bengal tigers; blue eyes; pink nose; creamy white fur; covered with stripes chocolate color; very rare animal; only in zoos nowadays. protected; predator; beautiful; heritage; conserve; Rob Weaver; Help save the tigers: world heritage centre; Gauteng; South Africa; Krugersdorp; magnificent;
White Tigers are magnificent creatures that possess an amazing combination of spectacular beauty and impressing power. Bengal tigers, as they are sometimes called, have blue eyes, pink nose, and creamy white fur covered with stripes of a chocolate color. White tiger males range in length between 8.8 and 10.2 feet. They weigh between 419 and 569 pounds on the average. Females are smaller, and range in length from 7.11 to 8.7 feet, weighing around 350 pounds. White tigers are very rare animals. They are seen only in zoos nowadays. These animals are sometimes mistakenly considered to be an albino species of tiger. However, it is not true to fact. White tigers occur when both tigers that mate carry the gene for white coloring. A White tiger's tail reaches the length of 3 to 4 feet. White Tigers - Habitat White tigers tend to inhabit the area from about 10 to 30 square miles where there is enough prey and water to support them. Their habitats are located on the Mainland of Southeastern Asia and in central and southern India. These animals live in grassy areas and forests, which provide them with shelter.
Cape Hunting dog; African Wild Dog; rare; wander; predators; hunt pack; social animal; groups; spotted fur; large ears; sharp eyes; run; carnivorous; regurgitate food; exterminated by man; endangered; kill; pack; yelp; Krugersdorp; Gauteng; wild life park; world Heritage centre; Rob Weaver;
The Cape Hunting Dog (or African Wild Dog) is a rare wild dog that wanders the plains, grasslands and lowland forests of Africa. It is a very social animal that lives in groups. These wild dogs can run over 30 mph (48 km per hour). Anatomy: The Cape Hunting Dog has short, spotted fur. It has large ears, sharp eyes, and a keen sense of smell. Adults weigh 45-80 pounds (20-36 kg) and are 30-38 inches (76-112 cm) long. They have a life span of about 11 years. Hunting and Diet: These wild dogs hunt in packs of 10 to 20 dogs, mostly males. Before the hunt, a pack will make excited sounds and lick each other's faces. These carnivores (meat-eaters) can run down and kill even large mammals, like wildebeest and antelopes. They swallow meat in large chunks. When these wild dogs return to their group, they regurgitate food for young pups and dogs that were not in the hunt. They do not scavenge at all. Enemies: These dogs are sometimes killed by by lions and leopards, but man has exterminated many of them, calling them pests and bringing them to the brink of extinction.
Isilo is the largest Elephant Tusker in Southern Africa ( A "Tusker" is an Elephant whose Tusks exceed 100lbs ( 45.45kg) ) The three largest Elephant Tuskers in Southern Africa are from Tembe and are quite visible as they tend to live in the south Isilo , Induna and Makobona. silo's Age Estimate 45 to 53 Tusks Weight Estimate 55 to 60 kg Tusk Lenght Estimate 2.5m Tusk Circumferance at lip 50 cm Elephant Weight 6500 to 7000 kg Elephant Height 3.2 m