As 2013 comes to a close, we are able to look back on the past year with smiles on our faces, love in our hearts and a little mud on our hiking boots…The year began with a BANG as we welcomed our third buffalo calf into the Gondwana herd, just after our first elephant calf was born on Christmas Day 2012, not to be outdone by three more lion cubs born in March and another ellie calf in June! We were more than ecstatic to welcome a number of new “wild members” to our existing family with the introduction of 164 animals throughout the year! Gondwana became home to a large herd of Blue Wildebeest, 5 Giraffe, Waterbuck and a flock of Ostrich (Lets not forget our new resident hippo “Marley”)
As the reserve flourishes with new furry citizens, somewhere in the bushes lurks a one eyed, plump little bush pig called Fat Amy. 2013 was not only a great year for new introductions but animal rehabilitation as well. In March of this year we welcomed the ever famous and always loved Thandora who was rehabilitated back into the wild and released in May. Other rehabilitations which occurred on GGR included a caracal, aptly named Ayoka, meaning little arrow as well as the release of the bush pig always loves a belly scratch, Fat Amy. We can be proud of our little and big furry friends this year for all their contributions to the reserve’s growing biodiversity. We would like to thank each and every person who has been part of Gondwana’s story this year contributing to the success of the reserve.