Ranger Diaries

October 23, 2019

PSIRA dog handler course

The Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) sponsored PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority) dog handler course on Gondwana Game Reserve. The workshop was held at the Gondwana APU base, Camp Charleston, and was attended by Gondwana Field Rangers as well as handlers from the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga. It consisted of 7 days of int
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August 30, 2019
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Mamma Sunbirds Wear Camo

Sunbirds: Birds have various family structures including single parenting, monogamous families and polygamy (many females) and polyandry (many males) families. Most bird species are monogamous where the male and female share nesting and parenting responsibilities relatively equally. Usually, these bird couples look pretty much the same, since they need to spend less time and energy attracting […]

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August 23, 2019
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Meet Gondwana’s Fierce Female Field Guides!

We are very privileged to have several female field guides on our Gondwana guiding team. To celebrate Women’s month we wanted to shine the spotlight on these fabulous females and asked them why they studied to be a field guide. Natasha Smuts  Hello, I’m Natasha, a field guide at Gondwana game Reserve. I’ve been working […]

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August 20, 2019
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The Queen Bee

Bee in Fynbos

Extraordinary Queen Bee Each bee colony consists of one queen bee that rules over her female workers and drones/honey bees (male bees).  The queen bee has a very important role to play. She needs to ensure that her colony builds a hive that is strong and well ventilated. The colony also needs to forage for food, take care of the […]

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August 16, 2019
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Meet Lizaan one of Gondwana’s Field Guides

Lizaan - Gondwana Field Guide

Gondwana’s Female Field Guide – Lizaan.  My name is Lizaan and I am a field guide at Gondwana Game Reserve.  My passion for nature grew when my Dad started taking us to the sea, where I explored the rock pools finding many extraordinary little sea creatures and later catching fish with my Dad.  Nature is […]

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May 3, 2019
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Guided Fynbos Conservation Activity

Gondwana Fynbos Experience

Press release Date: 27th March 2019 South Africa:  Gondwana Game Reserve launches a hands-on Botanical Conservation Experience Explore indigenous wild flowers and plants that exist nowhere else in the world   With the richest floral kingdom in the world and the recent discovery of the largest known population of a rare orchid thought to be […]

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January 31, 2019

Striped Toktokkie Beetle

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

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

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

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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