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which animals are noctural

If I'm watching at night what animals might I expect to see? Which ones are noctural? Also, are there migrating animals that are there for certain seasons?  Undecided

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I hadn't checked out this thread before.  What a wonderful and diverse site this is!  Donna, you asked a simple question about noctournal wildlife, and not only got a very concise answer to that question, but much, much more.

I pose the following question...............why would anyone want to watch TV when they could come here, instead, and be entertained and educated and meet such great people!!!!

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Hi Donna

Africa is a massive continent with great divers typography.  We have desserts, jungles, forests, beaches, Unusual inland  water systems like the delta in Botswana Areas with huge estuary's.  The Pyramids in Egypt etc.  Many different countries in Africa.   There is a lot of poverty in the continent of Africa.  In the old days The South African coast line was used by ships as a stop off port to refresh their provisions we have some areas where the seas are very unpredictable and bad storms happen many ships sank in the old days on those coast lines so I am sure there are many treasures still in the ocean from them.

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Janine,

Thank you that was  very helpful.  The only history I get of Africa is the horrible stuff from my cousin who is a chaplin on a hospital ship. He spent much time in Seirra Leone (spelling?) I heard of all the atrocities that you didn't hear of in the US.

So, it is good to hear of other historys. South Africa sounds beautiful. That same cousin settled down for a couple of years and bought a house in South Africa. I saw pieces of old Chinese pottery  that washed up on shore from an old ship wreck. This was fascinating because beachcombing is my favorite thing to do. I saw photos of the penguins too. Since I've never been to Africa being a poor artist Africam is the next best thing.

Thank you,

DonnaLaughing

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Hi The main nocturnal animals you can see are lion, leopard, civets, Genet's, aardvark, hyena, African wild cat.

You will still at the water holes at night even though they are not classed as nocturnal, see, rhino, elephant, buffalo, cheetah now and again, antelope, jackal coming around at night for a drink.  You will not see monkeys, baboons, warthog, as those animals either roost or move into their burrows at night for safety.

There is no migration of mammals due to a history of fencing in the greater area.  If there are better rains a little north or south etc the plains game like zebra and wildebeest and buffalo may move off for a little while, but there is no migration like you would see in northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya. 

For many years the areas surrounding the Kruger area were either fenced cattle farms or game/hunting farms then about 20 years ago slowly the cattle farms were bought up and small fenced game reserves were created, then progression from there  was, negotiation between land owners to drop the fences, so that the animals can move freely, but the humans are restricted to traversing in their properties or where they have negotiated traversing rights on the other lands.  In the majority of areas now the fences are down between these reserves and the Kruger park. 

In Kenya and Tanzania the area's are vast and the games natural migration pattern was never disturbed.  I am not sure that pattern will ever happen here one of the reasons being, our weather patterns are different to the countries up north, the north mass migrations move with the rains.

Hope this is helpful.

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