Ditholo Lodge and Wildlife Estate
Travel Blogs from Bela Bela
... project has a small captive-breeding program, and
this is where our fifth and final bird came from – a female called
Molopathladi or Mola for short. She will be turning four in November.
The hope is that she will become the alpha female of the group but
she is far from breeding age. She was released with Mokaikai, but as
I discussed in the previous post, she had some setbacks and is now
residing in our boma.
Each of these birds have ...
... out to the boma with red bowls that the birds
recognize as food carriers. The snacks for Mola get put into a little
chute that deposits them onto a feeding platform in the boma. Then we
huck the boys' portion to each of them. Often these birds will snatch
their chicks right out of the air! They usually swallow them whole.
On several occasions Storm, the alpha male,will carry one chick
around in a show of dominance that we call a ...
... goodbye to the herd and drove off to locate one last surprise animal
before heading home. Jacques has the signals for all the collared
animals on the reserve and after a bit of searching he slowed down
and pointed to a tree. There lounging in the shade were the two
cheetah brothers that call Mabula home! They were far from the road
and took no notice or care of our presence. We watched them for a few
minutes and then headed home – ready to get out of the heat
... 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
... African species, the White RhinocerosBlack Rhinoceros, diverged during the early Pliocene (about 5 million years ago) but the Dicerotini group to which they belong originated in the middle Miocene, about 14.2 million years ago. The main difference between black and ...