Conservation and Environment in South Africa: Monthly Updates
Legodimo Nature Reserve - September 2009
September was a month of change. Spring is here in full swing and most trees and other plants are flowering and here and there life is starting to come back in full force.
We have at long last seen Leopard (Panthera pardus)! We had a magnificent sighting during one of our research drives when it ran across the road in front of us. Mieké spotted it first and struggled to get the word out her mouth for a couple of seconds. Everyone was able to see it and we got some good photos for the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Project.
The new observation deck at Kolobe Dam is basically done and we have already had some wonderful bird observations as well as more Elephant (Loxodonta africana) behaviour that always fascinates everyone.
We have started collecting seed for our plant re-introduction project as the rains have come. We are all so thankful as animals have started getting desperate for free surface water. We hope that it'll keep on raining frequently enough.
The insect life is starting to get interesting and quite a few of the migratory birds have started making an appearance again. There were about five or more sightings of snakes and then plenty of Monitor lizards (Veranus veranus) and Nile monitors (Veranus niloticus).
I have brought some more snakes to come stay on the reserve for educational talks and presentations like an enormous Puff adder (Bitis arietans), Snouted Cobra (), African Rock Python (Python natalensis) and Brown House Snakes. We have also started a rodent breeding programme to sustain our new members of staff.
This month we started with a dam wall at one of our more reliable seep lines. Most of the water makes its way to the Limpopo River and during this dry hot part of the year, more water is much appreciated. The wall should create a nice wetland area as well as an ideal location for our next observation sight. The soil is hard though and progress slow but surely.
Next month I should have loads of interesting news as the rains arrive along with all matter of interesting wildlife and we have some very exciting projects that we're working on.
Till then, regards and African Greetings,