Tragedy strikes as Dog is eaten by Crocodile

Most of my childhood I have visited these parts of South Africa. We have had some close calls with hippo and crocodile. I did write a piece about it on my fishing encounters blog. This is a very sad video but it is something we need to be aware of. Africa is a wild place and we live close to some very dangerous creatures.

Dog is eaten by Crocodile

My uncle had a Jack Russel puppy that I would play with. It used to come to our house and then go back to my uncle’s house. We stayed on the farm. One day the puppy just disappeared. The only thing we could think of was that it was taken by a African crowned eagle. I have a big affection for dogs so in seeing this video of the dog getting taken out by a crocodile has been a huge shock to my system.

So I think keep your eyes open and even if you think something won’t happen to you, rather not make it true.

Also a shout out to Carel from  South Africa 4×4 Rental

 

 

Adopt a penguin for your Valentine!

Penguins mate for life and are a universal symbol of true and lasting love. But even penguins could use a little extra love.

In South Africa, less than 2% of the endangered African penguin population remains in the wild. This Valentine’s month, you can adopt two penguins for the price of one from SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and help to save African penguins from extinction.

For only ZAR600 (US$37/€34), you can say ‘I love you’ to that someone special by naming and adopting two penguins rehabilitated at SANCCOB. You will receive two adoptions packs including pictures of the two adopted penguins, certificates of adoption and other penguin goodies. Alternatively, if couple names are your thing, you can choose our new ‘Name your penguin couple’ adoption, come up with your unique couple name and receive a special adoption pack including two fluffy penguin keyrings for you and your sweetheart for ZAR750 (US$47/€43). Think Brangelina, Bennifer or Kimye.

– See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/adopt-penguin-valentine/#sthash.cUMSNTtv.dpuf

Also have a look at penguinpromises

Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area

The Minister of Environmental Affairs has announced that she has opened the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Tsitsikamma to fishing, which has changed the protected status of the reserve.

Minister Edna Molewa initially published draft regulations on the 19th November 2015 to withdraw the existing Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area, and these regulations are open to public comments for 60 days from this date.

The decision follows a 20-year-old journey initiated by Tsitsikamma anglers who cited cultural, historical and subsistence reasons for requesting fishing rights in the Marine Protected Area.

The Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks, the Koukamma Municipality and other stakeholders have held various meetings with the Tsitsikamma angling forum to discuss the zonation of possible controlled areas within the MPA. The intention is to reassess the basis of marine resource use in the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area of the Garden Route National Park, which is currently a safe haven and breeding ground for line fish and squid.

– See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/contested-rezoning-of-the-tsitsikamma-marine-protected-area/#sthash.D13P9joG.dpuf

Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area Petition

Wild Dogs Attack Spotted Hyenas to Defend Their Kill

A warthog gets a rude awakening from a leopard

Written by: Lisl Moolman

I couldn’t help but think of the adage “you snooze, you lose” when I saw a hungry leopard chance upon an oblivious warthog boar that was resting at the water’s edge at the Sable Dam in Kruger National Park.

When I arrived at the dam, I was informed that a leopard male had been seen over the past hour and a half but that I had just missed it. However, when I scanned the surroundings, I noticed that some impalas were still fully alert, with their ears standing up and appearing very uneasy.

– See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/warthog-gets-rude-awakening-leopard/#sthash.ZMg3PI1R.dpuf

A buffalo shows who’s boss in iSimangaliso

Chief Executive Officer of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Andrew Zaloumis, reflects on an encounter with a buffalo late last month that left him and his wife seriously injured.

“Tracey and I recently had a (too) close encounter with a buffalo while working with a small group on the eastern shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

As operational park staff, we are trained and frequently required to walk in remote places, but the incident brought home a few important bush truths. The rapid response, extraordinary teamwork and collaboration between colleagues in iSimangaliso, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, local residents and medical personnel resulted in us being safely and swiftly attended to despite the inaccessibility of the area for vehicles. We are extremely grateful to as well as proud of everyone involved. The enormous number of messages, calls, gifts, prayers, well wishes and offers of assistance in many different ways, from community near and far, is truly appreciated.

Read the full story http://africageographic.com/blog/a-buffalo-shows-whos-boss-in-isimangaliso/ 

Buffalo and lion endure epic hour-long fight

Battle to the death: Buffalo and lion endure epic hour-long fight… which leaves both animals with fatal injuries

Desperate male lion attacked lone adult buffalo after being cast out of pride in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Tense fight left both animals exhausted and smeared with blood, with the lion dying of its wounds two days later.

Dramatic pictures were taken by Matt Armstrong-Ford, of Eastbourne, who works as a safari guide in the region

Full Story here

5 strangest animals to see on safari

frica has many animals that are considered strange but the following five are very unusual. If you do spot any of these animals on safari consider yourself very lucky and take lots of photographs.

1. Wild dog or painted dog

wild-dogs

This animal is the only member of Lycaon classification in the world. Wild dogs are extremely efficient hunters with a far higher kill rate than any other predator. The markings on each dog are unique which makes identifying individuals very easy. One of their most unusual behaviours is the habit of vomiting food to feed other members of the pack; this is an act of bonding as well as a source of nutrition. The pups are always fed first, which is very unusual predator behaviour. They hunt in groups, chasing their prey for many miles till the intended victim collapses in exhaustion. They are highly social animals and live in large packs. They have few natural predators but their numbers are sadly declining as their habit is being destroyed and they are hunted by farmers. Your best chance of seeing wild dogs will be on an early morning game drive.

– See more at: africageographic

The Most Incredible Wildlife Photos Of 2014

Justin Black/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

From the mightiest beasts in the jungle to the tiniest microorganisms swimming in our pond water, Earth is home to some amazing life-forms.

This year, we’ve observed some incredible wildlife in action all around the world.

In 2014 we saw leopards battling crocodiles, walruses swarming the Alaskan coastline, and ghostly fish lurking in the deepest parts of the ocean.

Honey Badger

On assignment in the wilderness of Botswana, photographer and videographer Kevin MacLaughlin came across one of the most ferocious predators in Africa. Guillotine-like teeth, powerful claws, and a death rattle like a Dementor, the honey badger certainly keeps its enemies at bay.

With a name as innocent as ‘honey badger’, one wouldn’t assume this short and stout carnivore is after anything more vicious than bees, but one shouldn’t let the interpretation of its ancient, scientific name (Mellivora capensis: Mel meaning ‘honey’ and voro meaning to ‘devour’) get in the way of one’s understanding of this beast. Sure, its natural ability to sniff out honeycomb and tolerate the stings of thousands of angry bees makes it pretty tough, but its skin is just under a centimetre thick and it can withstand the venom of a cobra.

Full Story at the http://www.getaway.co.za/ website