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January 31, 2019

Striped Toktokkie Beetle

toktokkie The drumming Striped Toktokkie Beetle (Psammodes straitus). The name toktokkie describes the sound that the beetles make as they drum their abdomens on the ground in a certain pattern or rhythm. There are a number of flightless species that have developed a unique tapping method of communication between males and females. Different species of tokto
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January 30, 2019

Wildlife management update

_DSC0019 Gondwana Game Reserve’s wildlife team successfully captured 3 Buffalo cows for temporary relocation into a dedicated facility.  Our goal is to allow them to form bonds with a larger herd of buffalo for re-release into the reserve, mitigating the risk of predation and genetic isolation.  Working with wildlife is risky but the professionalism of
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January 9, 2019

Cape Skink

_DSC8721 Cape Skink, Trachylepis capensis This feisty little character lives near the lounge at Kwena lodge under the rocks. We can often hear its stout little body scuttling through the bushes. This species of skink gives birth to litters of about 6 live babies. Typically, skinks are active by day and terrestrial by night, so you are more than li
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January 5, 2019

Impala, Aepyceros melampus

_DSC7191 Impala (Aepyceros melampus) are one of our most successful antelope species in south Africa, and one of the more commonly viewed species on Gondwana while on safari.The graceful impala is often overlooked as it is so often seen. However it is one of the most adaptable antelope species making it also one of the most successful. Impalas have excellen
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January 4, 2019

Gondwana’s Tower of Giraffe

_DSC7852 I was so fortunate to see and spend some time with this group of giraffes together a few weeks ago, a proper tower of giraffe on our precious Gondwana Game Reserve. They were running up and down the hill playing together, stopping to eat the sweet leaves of Acacia Karoo and even stopping to have a good neck scratch up against anything tall enough!!
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January 4, 2019

Scabiosa columbaria

_DSC8091 Scabiosa columbaria is a gorgeous plant with faintly scented blooms. It is also known locally as Jonkmansknoop. The leaves are mostly clustered at the base of the stem. The flowerheads can be up to 30mm in diameter and are presented on long stalks. The flowers can vary in colour from white to mauve / purple. The nectar produced by the flowers, attr
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January 4, 2019

Tephrosia capensis

_DSC8025 Tephrosia capensis is the only one of the 400 species in this Genus that occur in the Klein Karoo region. This is a gorgeous little spreading shrublete that can be up to 30cm tall. The striking flowers are 8mm to 10mm and can be pink or purple. The leaves are pinnate with linear elliptic leaflets. They flower almost all year long and can be found i
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