Nyala are the most striking of antelopes and also exhibit the greatest sexual dimorphism (difference between the sexes) Females are red-brown in colour and characteristically striped along the ridge of the back with up to 18 white lines. These form the animal’s camouflage, breaking up their solid outline and helping them to blend into their thicket habitats. The lines are known as disruptive markings.Read More
Summer is about new life. Impala lambs, wildebeest calves and warthog piglets are to be found around every corner. the elephants have their share of infants. Birds are nesting, termites are emerging from their colonies, and life is bursting out of every seam. If I had to pick just one reason why I love summer in the bush, it is this. New births. The hope for the future.Read More
Worldwide confusion exists over the waterbuck’s name. It is frequently and incorrectly used to refer to the lechwe and the sitatunga, two species that are considered aquatic in their behaviour. The waterbuck, however, is not aquatic but terrestrial and is usually found in close vicinity to water rich environments. Waterbuck have a reputation for smelly and unpalatable meat. This is due to a musky oil secreted by glands found primarily in the skin of the flanks which forms a waterproof layer around the hair and protects the skin when the waterbuck enters water. Many incidents have been reported where crocodile and lion have avoided preying on waterbuck because of their unpleasant smell.
Adult bulls are 20-25% heavier than adult cows. Old bulls tend to become smelly as a result of the secretions of the subcutaneous oil glands. With a light breeze, experienced hunters claim they can smell them up to 500 m away.
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