Conservation and Environment in South Africa: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2015
Lions (Panthera pardus) have been spotted several times on our property just before Christmas. We could not wish for a better gift. One female, a young male, 4 medium cubs and 2 beautiful golden male lions have been spotted chilling out around and eating a wildebeest.
We had such an amazing discovery for our project; we got the first picture of an aardwark (Orycteropus afer) on our camera traps. The aardvark is a nocturnal, shy and difficult animal to see, his diet consists of termites and ants. Due to tracks and digging holes, we knew that they were on the property but we never had any pictures of them.
During July and August we were lucky enough to spot hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) on a dead zebra (Equus quagga), a Cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis), African civet (Civettictis civetta), and bush-pigs (Potamochoerus larvatus) coming to eat the scraps from the kitchen.
The winter is with us, welcome to the sunny days and cold evenings! The record at night during May and June has been -0.4°C! That really was a cold night. We all managed to survive with our warm clothes and steaming hot drinks around the fire from our boma (the area where we meet around the fire and watch the stars). But during the day the temperature easily reaches 30°C.
Welcome to the March-April Botswana conservation update. The summer has been hot, and the rain has been rare. At the end of March, the vegetation in Wild at Tuli was very dry and there was no more grass on the ground. It was terrible; we were facing a new drought. Thankfully, April brought us some good weather and much-needed rain.
The summer is very hot here, with temperatures reaching 52 degrees! Cold water and shade are the volunteers’ best friends! We’ve been coping with the heat by turning waterholes into improvised swimming pools and playing in the Limpopo River – both amazing and refreshing experiences!