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Concern For The Animals of Nkorho

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Concern For The Animals of Nkorho

Greetings to all the Bomites,

I'm a recent addition to the Africam team, but I wanted to say a few words on this subject.

 

We have noticed some concern on the forum for the safety and treatment of the lions we were all lucky enough to see over the past few nights. It is nice to know that our members care about the safety of these magnificent animals. Fortunately, there is no cause for alarm. These animals have lived in this wildlife reserve all of their lives. Game drive vehicles have always been around them, and they pay them no mind. Nor do they affect their behaviour. Also, all of the rangers that work in the reserve have been well trained and follow a strict protocol when dealing with all of the wildlife in the reserve. This is for the safety of everyone, including the animals. As far as the light is concerned- the torches the rangers are using look a great deal brighter under the infrared camera than they actually are. Rangers also take special care in never shining the light directly into the face of any animal.

Again, we know that our members are showing genuine concern for the well being of the animals. Rest assured that all of the people involved are working to preserve the ecosystem of the reserve and all the life in it, so that all of us can enjoy it.

Looking forward to seeing you all around the forums!

Mac Mac

 

azlady13 (not verified)
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Thanks, MacMac.  That makes me feel a lot better about the zebras. Thanks for the info. 

Lady in Michigan (not verified)
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Thank you Mac,

It will be really great to have someone to answer our questions !!

MacMac (not verified)
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I just wanted to let all of you know that we have set up a spot for all of these types of questions. You will find a new thread in the watering hole section called "Watering Hole Q&A". Just post your questions there and we will try to get them answered as soon as possible.

Thanks,

Mac

faye (not verified)
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Thanks for all the info MacMac , very much appreciated.

MacMac (not verified)
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Hello Again!

It is nice to see our community at Africam so hungry for information. As suggested, we are going to try to set up a permanent location to house all your questions about Nkorho and the upcoming Elephant Plains. In addition to your questions, we will try to gather interesting facts and information about what is going on in the reserve and publish that as well. Until we get that up and running, we will try and answer as many of your questions here as possible.

Water Level: The Nkorho pan is in fact a natural waterhole. So of course its water level rises and falls depending on the rains and what animals are drinking from it. It also contains an underwater pump that is used to artificially supplement its water level in extreme situations. Sometimes you can even hear the pump through the Africam audio. A good example of a time to use this pump would be after a large herd of Buffalo stops by for a drink.

Fire: As far as the fire goes, there have not been any bush fires in the reserve as of late. What you may have seen, would have been a controlled fire or a fire break. These techniques are typical for this time of year. They are precautionary measures that prevent wild bush fires from spreading if they do occur.

Lions: I’m still gathering information on this particular pride of lions that have been around lately, which may be the Styx pride. More to come on them...

Injured Zebra: The pride you have been seeing did in fact have an attempted kill on this particular zebra. Though the injuries look fairly severe, because we are winter and there are fewer flies at this time, the zebra has a good chance of fighting off disease and making a full recovery. In actual fact zebras are quite resilient when it comes to these types of injuries. There is one unsubstantiated theory, that a zebra’s skin is designed to tear. If a lion puts its claws into a buffalo, it can then hang on completely supporting its weight with those claws in an attempt to bring the animal down. With a zebra however, the skin will tear when the lion tries to support its weight with its claws, allowing the zebra a chance to escape.

When zebra’s come and visit the pan and you are able to see them up close, look for places on their skin where the stripes seem to disconnect. These are locations where wounds have healed, much like the injury the zebra suffered the other night.

Hope this info helps...

MacMac

 

azlady13 (not verified)
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Welcome MacMac!  Thank you for your input.  And great idea KeeKee (how's Tristan Cole?)  I've really wondered about a fire.  And I also wonder about all the injured zebra.

Thanks again!

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Hi Mac Mac Welcome and thanks for explaining the light.

I can see where one person could be kept busy answering every single little question as you could get bombarded but I like the idea of a question/answer thread so hope you can find a happy medium on maybe at least posting on really big things like the light and the fire.

Maybe like a FAQ section on things that get ask over and over as each new person joins then the occassional yes that was a big fire ir the lions spotted blah blah date were the blah blah pride. Short and sweet but answered.

Looking forward to getting to know you.

Take Care! 

 

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ex-centric (not verified)
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MacMac...do you want us to use this thread for questions or can you answer questions on the Waterhole Chat thread?  (do you really know what you have let yourself in forWink).

Lady in Michigan (not verified)
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Thank you so much mac mac for the info and welcome !

We would love to have your input on our questions. My first question is what pride are the lions from that have been around the last couple of nights?  ThanksSmile

ex-centric (not verified)
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Welcome Mac Mac...hope you enjoy this as much as I do!!!

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