This fascinating bird is said to have received its name Secretary Bird from the crest of long feathers at the back of its head. The story goes that these look like the long quill pens that the olden day secretaries had tucked behind their ears or in their hair.
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There are three species of zebra - the Burchell’s or plains zebra, the Grevy’s zebra and the mountain zebra. During your safari at Kariega Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape you will see herds of Burchell's zebra.
Having a drink of water tends to be somewhat challenging when you are over 4m tall! In order to get to the water giraffe have to spread their front legs at awkward angles, leaving them in a rather vulnerable position to predators such as lion.
This week ranger Jone found a zebra carcass. She investigated the cause of death and from her findings surmised that the animal had died from injuries sustained in a fight with another zebra. She found numerous hoof and bite marks on the carcass.
The Kariega Facebook photo competition introduced a new audience favourite category for 2015. Susanne Nuecke won the title with a beautiful image of a male lion.
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014/15 Facebook photo competition is David Kettles. David's photograph captures the intense stare and slow movement of the majestic adult male lion beautifully.
We are so excited to share these beautiful pictures. We have two new elephant calves on the reserve and these close-up images were taken by ranger Daniel before they are even a week old.
Kariega is fortunate to be home to many healthy herds of zebra. Our guests are spoilt with scenes of these striking animals. They make for great photographic moments. Here are a few of our favourite zebra pictures from the last few months.
At Kariega we are fortunate to have highly qualified and skilled guides who go out of their way for guests. Spending so much of their time in the wilderness surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna many of them have become adept at capturing fantastic action on their cameras.
Ranger Jone Fick is enjoying the start of autumn on the reserve. Read about the impala rutting season and the beautiful colourful lilies that appear at this time of year.