Kariega Game Reserve is most pleased to announce that recent blood results reveal Thandi is pregnant! Wildlife vet Dr William Fowlds, who has been by Thandi's side since she was poached in March 2012 comments...
When we came downstairs in the morning it was obvious that there had been an intruder during the night. Scattered about on the stairs and across the carpet were banana peels, and the fruit bowl was empty. A hurried appraisal of the contents of the house failed to show anything, other than the fruit, that was missing. I breathed a sigh of relief and began wondering who the visitor might be.
In celebration of National Birding Day today we would like to share some information on a rarely spotted bird that was recently photographed at Kariega Game Reserve by our headranger Jason Friend. The Barred Owlet is known for it's scattered and isolated populations, and their occurrence in the Eastern Cape is particularly intriguing.
We were very pleased to find this video shared by Marjolein Westerterp featuring our newest addition (Zimela - Xhosa word meaning 'to be protected') when she was only 2 days old! The female rhino calf was born in March this year, exactly a year after Thandi and two other rhino were poached at Kariega Game Reserve. She has turned out to be quite the feisty one - apparent from another video taken of her at two months old in May.
For the third time in a row, our featured video blog was taken by Marjolein Westerterp who spent time with us at Kariega Game Reserve in May 2013. This video features some beautiful close up footage of interaction between two Kariega elephants right in front of the safari vehicle. They begin by eyeing out the group for a few moments and then proceed to have a friendly tussle with each other.
Here on the Eastern Cape coast the weather may be cold and wet and the wind have a bite in it, but warming the heart are the bright, often fiery red or yellow blossoms of the aloes. In all there are 125 species of aloe in South Africa, of which about ten may be seen in and around the Kariega Game Reserve.
We loved this video taken in May 2013 by Marjolein Westerterp of the Kariega lion pride as they walk past the vehicle in the late dusk of the evening. The three new cubs are very hesitant to approach the safari vehicle and hang back as long as possible, eventually coaxed along by the idea of being left behind by their mother and the rest of the pride.
Thandi's progression back into normal rhino society has been set back by a facial injury that will require surgical intervention.
As a 9000 hectare private game park, Kariega Game Reserve must engage in continuous conservation management in order to ensure healthy and abundant wildlife populations. At Kariega, game capture and release is a big part of wildlife managament, as is acquiring new game for genetic diversity.
One of the four new lion cubs recently born on Kariega Game Reserve, with mom. This image was uploaded by our great ranger and talented photographer Brendon Jennings with the caption "My first sighting of the new lion cubs on the reserve - what an unforgettable moment!"