The Kariega anti-poaching unit and ranger team were excited last Saturday to be handed over Croc shoes from Croc South Africa in support of the Kariega Foundation and rhino protection on the reserve. This wonderful sponsorship was organised and co-ordinated by Red Era, a local fundraising company from Port Elizabeth.
A short video, featuring something a little light-hearted from one of the Kariega Game Reserve elephants, taken a few years back in 2010. After walking at a quick pace up to the safari vehicle (giving both the ranger and guests a bit of a fright) this elephant stops a while only to let off a little gas before walking off indignantly - as if to give guests a parting thank you gift for blocking his path and making him walk around the safari vehicle.
Two picture updates on the new lion cubs that arrived at Kariega Game Reserve in about March this year, taken by ranger Brendon Jennings.
Following the release of the two male servals in October last year, Kariega Game Reserve acquired two lovely female servals, Hope and Artemis, in April of this year who were recently collared and released onto the game park. We are very excited to track their movements and development and hope that their release will bring the two males, Kelpie and Killian, out into the open.
Something a little different this week for our Photo of the Week. These lovely images were taken at Kariega Game Reserve recently by Africa Geographic blogger, Christian Boix. Although Winter is fast approaching it seems that there are still some gorgeous blooms to be found on the game park.
Undercover work by Karl Ammann in Vietnam and Laos showed that 90% of the rhino horn specimens collected was fake, leading to the conclusion that as these Asian economies grow, so too does the demand in rhino horn - so much so that the demand is more than can be met, forcing dealers to sell fake horn.
The Kariega Foundation Save the Rhino fund was extremely fortunate this past weekend to receive a massive handover of roughly R70 000 from Angie Goody, organiser of "Thandi's Fundraiser" in the Isle of Man.
Kariega Game Reserve was very lucky to recently have a wonderful wildlife sighting of the rarely seen Cape clawlass otter which was spotted and photographed on the Bushman's River, here in the Eastern Cape. It proved to be a very special sighting for the game park with a total of five otters captured on camera both in and out of the river. Usually these water-dwelling mammals are extremely elusive and when spotted, they are most often alone.
We stumbled upon this wonderful video compilation created by a volunteer that joined us in during our winter last year, and featuring some of the amazing wildlife that you can see on Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape including rhino, elephant, lion and giraffe. The video also includes some songs performed by the local school children of Farmfield School...
At Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, safari guests are often lucky enough to see a herd of hippo in the river, their heads poking our of the water as they stand in the cool river. Hippo spend most of their days resting in the water, leaving only at night to feed at their preferred grassy locations...