Matamba Private Game Lodge
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... genders, females average 9-10.5 pounds while males tend to weigh
approximately 10-11.5 pounds. They are also a long-lived species,
often reaching 40-50 years of age! Due to this longevity, they take
longer than many other species to reach sexual maturity –
approximately six years old for males and around nine years old for
females. These particular hornbills will lay two eggs three to five
days apart. Those eggs also hatch three to five days apart. ...
... off to work
out our throwing arms. The birds have always been fed at the release
site so they are usually ready and waiting.
Prior to my arrival, the project had released two new birds to the
group. I will do full introductions in a subsequent post, but I'll
catch you up to speed here. Mokaikai, our youngster, integrated into
the group with no problems. Molopathladi (Mola for short), however,
journeyed off on her own ...
... they were moved (again
randomly) to whatever reserve they were destined for and placed into
this environment that was new and alien to them. They didn't
recognize the food, didn't know where the water was, and didn't know
any of their kind. Needless to say, the elephants relocated via this
process, came to their new homes completely traumatized. This fact,
combined with the lack of a matriarch or dominant bull to guide them,
led to unpredictable and wild ...
... future, but it was not an unpleasant one, and I thoroughly enjoyed
the easy conversation and poached eggs and toast they served for
I spent the rest of the day in a jet-lagged haze, not helped by
the fact that I got about 2 hours of sleep on each of my two flights
which had been spread out over three days. It was hard to
appropriately process the drive through the gates of my new home, the
... questions during our fieldwork and a fieldguide (Cara, thank you J!) joined us during a field-day. After Cara joined us we went to a lodge where Jonathan and Karin are fieldguides and since the bushman painting where really close to their lodge they gave us a tour to the paintings. They all were very pretty and interesting and it was also nice to be on a guided walk.
Our fieldwork days are still very nice. Today we had a cheetah ...