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Elephant Twins

Posted by Dr Heinz on Fri December 5, 2014 in White Elephant Wildlife.

Pongola Game Reserve is making history (again) with the recent birth of elephant twins.

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Nature's natural miracles

Posted by Luke on Tue December 2, 2014 in Ranger Diaries.

Looking at the pictures it’s hard to believe that this has been happening for 100 million years! Plants and pollinators are entwined in a dance of co-dependency and it is such a fragile relationship that should one party be removed, life as we know it would be very different. So why did it all start? Why did a plant start making flowers and using complicated chemical reactions to make attractive scents and make nectar, all of which are very expensive in terms of energy?

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Something not seen everyday

Posted by Luke on Wed October 8, 2014 in Ranger Diaries.

A few months ago, in May, I was very fortunate to have witnessed, along with guests, a very special sighting. It wasn’t the typical leopard kill, or being the first to spot new-born cubs, but it was just as exciting and rare.

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Vulture Count and Awareness Day

Posted by Heike on Fri September 19, 2014 in White Elephant Wildlife.

Every year on the first Saturday of September White Elephant takes part in the Vulture Count Day that was initiated by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife in 2003.

The Vulture Awareness Day takes place on the same day worldwide and bird enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in helping to conserve this important species!
All effort goes into the conservation and therefore the preservation of our vulture population species as they are an integral part of our ecosystem.

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Elephant Bee 'de-clunked'

Posted by Dr Heinz on Fri August 29, 2014 in White Elephant Wildlife.

On 22 July 2014, we received a report that a young elephant was seen with a metal rim around its front right foot on the Pongolapoort Nature Reserve.
Two days later, Pongola Game Reserve Elephant monitor and researcher, Heike Zitzer, was able to locate the unfortunate elephant juvenile, near where the elephant had been heard ‘clunking’ around previously.
After venturing into the Bush to get a closer look, Heike was able to take some pictures of the elephant. Now we could see the full extent of the obstruction and possible injury.

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