After studying birds, botany and geology in the first semester, we then started the second semester with the most anticipated module: MAMMALS. This has led to a whole week of amazing mammal sightings and some interesting mammal presentations.
I think the presentation that stood out the most was Laura’s presentation, who had the buffalo as her mammal to present, and she made whole nursery rhyme with all the facts about the buffalo in it. We were also lucky enough to be allowed to go into the buffalo BOMA and actually see the tracks and the “black death” as most people call them, because they don’t mock charge. They seem more placid than what you hear in the stories about them, but don’t upset them or you will end up in a tree.
The mammal sightings all week had been great, with a lot of giraffe, zebra and impala sightings seeing how the male impala keep their harem together, but we were still waiting for that big cat sighting to make it even better, and on our last game drive for the week we found a lone male lion and followed him for just over an hour watching his every move, scent marking and walking back and forth along the fence line as if he was looking for something in that small area of his territory. He scared a couple of impalas and we heard their alarm calls and it’s amazing how far the alarm calls travel, we found this out when after leaving him another group of impalas were alarm calling a couple hundred metres from where the first impala were.
As the new week arrives, one group is preparing for their rifle handling and the other preparing for the track and sign week ahead. I personally have never shot a gun before and I am very much looking forward to be able to do that in the on coming weeks…
Blog by Brandon Pryke