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** AFRICA - BOOK ( 3 ) IT STARTED AT A WATER HOLE

page one - RANGER CAMPBELL AND THE CREW TALK

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NYALA chewing CUD

 

Cud is a portion of food that returns from a ruminant's stomach in the mouth to be chewed for the second time. More accurately, it is a bolus of semi-degraded food regurgitated from the reticulorumen of a ruminant. Cud is produced during the physical digestive process of rumination

. The idiomatic expression chewing one's cud means meditating or pondering; similar expressions such as "he chewed that over for a bit", or "chew on that!" likely have the same derivation

 


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have to wait and see but the idube crockodile

may have lung damage

after the buffalo tossed it and

it appears their is a wound

behind front  leg -

A crocs age can be determined by the rings in its bones.

 

Crocodiles have incredible immune systems and an efficient healing system. Injuries usually heal rapidly, within a few days!

 

 

Surprisingly, very few crocodiles seem to suffer from infections. We recently discovered the secret behind their remarkable ability — an antibiotic in their blood, which we call "crocodillin

." Crocodiles have one of the most efficient immune systems of any animal we know, which is a real advantage for them living in bacteria-filled water and mud.

Wounds are common from fights or injuries from prey, and being able to fight off potential infection is clearly very important.

The only time crocodiles suffer from infections is when they become stressed as their health declines.

This affects their immune system and they can suddenly become susceptible to common bacteria they would normally shrug off.

This can be seen in captive crocodiles kept in poor conditions,

or wild subordinate or injured crocodiles unable to secure a territory and enough food to survive.

 

 

 

 

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All crocodilians have thecodont dentition (teeth set in bony sockets) but unlike mammals, they replace their teeth throughout life (though not in extreme old-age).

Juvenile crocodilians replace teeth with larger ones at a rate as high as 1 new tooth per socket every month.

After reaching adult size in a few years, however, tooth replacement rates can slow to two years and even longer.

Very old members of some species have been seen in an almost "edentulous" (toothless) state, after teeth have been broken and replacement slowed or ceased.

The result of this is that a single crocodile can go through at least 3,000 teeth in its lifetime.

Each tooth is hollow, and the new one is growing inside the old. In this way, a new tooth is ready once the old is lost.

Fact 13 - A crocodile has an ability to grow new teeth to replace the old teeth

 

 

 

 

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cam pic -  GESCHU

garden orb spider -   female

Argiope australis (25mm body length)  0.9  INCH

Males are tiny, measuring 5.5mm 0.21 inch - , and can often be seen in or near the females web

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FOR  SOME REASON

I LOST A PHOTO BOOK ALBUM

so will post cam pics in this site again

karin at nk lodge had their  trap cam eaten by a lion

This is my most expensive photo ever!!! I just had the feeling that we might get lucky to get a walk by on this road and to get some nice photos to share with you and I was right...the Lions did walk this road but I got more than I bargained for. It must have been the Fourway Pride as they were not too far south from Nkorho. Well, this Lioness did not like the camera or the human smell on it and she ripped it to pieces!!! So, if anybody want to buy this photo for R4000 please inbox me....lol!!!

it was a trap camera I have set up on a tree to leave it during the night for in case the Lions came that way.

Camera Traps for Researchers

CAMERA TRAP IMAGES CLICK HERE


EXAMPLE OF A CAMERA TRAP

Panthera Camera Trap CLICK HERE

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Camera trap

WHAT ARE CAMERA TRAPS CLICK HERE

A camera is useless if matched with a weak detection circuit.  Quick trigger speeds, fast recovery times, long detection ranges and wide detection zones are optimal.  The bigger the detection area the camera can monitor and the faster a camera "triggers" and "recovers," the more photos you will have of any given specie

Here are the comprehensive tests that we perform every year:

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CAMERA TRAP IMAGES   CLICK HERE

 

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NKORHO LODGE  DOGS   JAN 05  2013

my favorite nk lodge dog - Seun. .

Seun is 14, Milo 12 and Spot turned 5 in December. i think -

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this was first posted   2 years ago

 

THE NKORHO DOMESTIC DOGS

kru-kab bowser b.c. wrote:

hello -  to  the rangers many thanks for your information

SUBJECT   ** DOGS  **

we hear what we think are dogs  at the nkorho pan -

could you tell us  how many dogs are at the lodge and the breeds

i know some time back i seen a jack russle and a larger dog at the helecopter one day   _  thank you  -    barry

Good day Barry

We have 3 dogs at the lodge.

Spot and Milo are both Jack Russels and there is Seun, who often sneaks onto the view of the camera, who's breed we are a bit unsure of but will find out this weekend when the owners are here.

Seuns father was here and he was born here.

Seun goes home as it gets dark and Milo attaches herself to who ever is still about the lodge or stays in the bar. Spot is still young so we take her home at night if Karen is not here.

Have a good day

Ernst

 

update on the nkorho dogs    JAN 08  2011

Karin van der Merwe Hi Barry. Seun is 13, Milo 11 and Spot turned 4 in December. They all are doing very well and love living in the bush. Milo and Spot are keeping the Baboons out of the lodge and Seun had a close shave with one of the Styx females the other day. She was feeding on the Bluewildebeest they caught early the morning and as usual he did his round without noticing the Lions. She just stared at him without doing anything and later ran off... what a lucky dog!!

 

 

 

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South Africa's most famous Elephant - Shawu

The entrance foyer of The Palace of the Lost City rises cathedral-like to a lofty, painted ceiling three storeys above the life-sized model of Shawu the elephant, which guards the mosaic-tiled courtyard leading off the Elephant Walk.

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Shawu is one of South Africa 's

magnificent seven elephants

Special Features: Shawu’s tusks are the longest on record in the Kruger National Park and one of the 6th longest to ever come out of Africa.

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In the Elephant Courts at The Palace of the Lost City, stands a life size bronze sculpture of Shawu the Elephant. Shawu is one of South Africa 's magnificent seven elephants. The Magnificent Seven were the seven Kruger National Park elephants with the largest tusks.

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Monitoring Wildlife Activity with Radio and GPS Collars

The traditional type of collar used for this purpose is known as a radio collar. The transmitter on the collar sends a signal that can be picked up by a receiver to determine the animal’s location and track its movements. This process is called telemetry. When the animal is within range, the signal given off by the transmitter is heard as a beeping noise from the receiver.

 

Radio telemetry is a tool used to research wild animal species in the field in order to gain a thorough understanding of that population and its dynamics as well as to identify any potential threats to its survival.

GPS Collars

A newer development is GPS collars.  These use the Global Positioning System to record the animals exact location and store readings at pre-set intervals.  When the researcher later recovers the collar the data can be downloaded and plotted on a computer giving detailed information about the animals movements during the period it was collared.    By setting the interval between readings, the researcher is able to affect the lifespan of the collar - very frequent readings uses the battery power faster so the collar doesn't last as long, whereas long intervals between readings gives potentially less accurate data but the battery lasts longer.

Argos Collars

An alternative to GPS collars are satellite tracking collars which transmit a signal or data via the Argos satellites which collect, process and disseminate environmental data using the Doppler Shift method to work out the location of the transmitter fitted on to the wildlife).

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Elephant With Radio Collar

OLDER VIDEO AT  NK -

Thu, 18/09/2008 - 12:55pm ( pacific)    -   10 . pm  c.a.t. time

This Elephant is being monitored by the Sabi sands to track Elephant movement in the area. There are a couple of bulls and about 5 herds being monitored and every 3 months the Sabi sands release a report on their movements

 

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