Morning field notes:
2. Leopard (same as last night)
· Birds sound alarm call at it
3. 2 male rhinos grazing
· Become big enough to challenge a new male in their late 20’s
· The reserve injects poison into the rhinos’ horns to deter poachers from hunting them and selling their horns on the black-market.
o Horns sell for about $80,000 per kg and about ½ a million for 1 horn.
o Rhinos’ only predators are humans
o Their eye sight is bad; this contributes to them charging blindly at foes and being very aggressive.
4. 3 female giraffes
· An ox pecker tried to get in one’s ear and the giraffe shook it off.
5. Harem herd of impala (30-40)
*Olifants River—means “elephant river” in Afrikaans.
6. 6 Wilderbeast with impala
Afternoon game drive
1. Adult female giraffe
2. 2 hippo (1 male and 1 female)
· One lifted out of the water and opened its mouth (threatening behavior)
· Harem structure
· Skin is sensitive so they secrete a sun screen-like chemical while out of the water.
· Can hold breath for 5-6 minutes
· One was grunting at us (threatening behavior)
3. Little crocidile
4. 4 waterbuck (3 males and 1 young female)
5. Tawny eagle roosting in tree
6. Guinea fowls