May 2013 - Sue & Gordon's Notebook

Our last newsletter at the beginning of January focused on all things good – family joy and celebration having just come out of the Festive season, Summer rains and all the great things that come with that, including the many newborns in Reserve. You could almost hear the angels sing and see the fairies dancing around the Lodge waterhole!! As we all know, life is not like that, and there is another side to every coin – so let’s look at this other, perhaps darker side.

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May 2013 - Ranger's Letter

Hi folks some scary encounters, sad news and some good news…

Have you ever wondered how close we really get to some of these animals…well, a picture paints a thousand words! I took this photo with part of the vehicle in it so that you can have a rough idea how close we get sometimes…This male was literally an arms’ length away from the vehicle when he walked past us with his fresh kill (a Blue Wilde Beest calf +- 1 month old) and it happened just a few meters away from the Bush House entrance sign! This happened one morning just as we exit the Bush House camp. The male caught the Blue Wilde Beest calf, but could not decide if he wants it for himself, or should he share it with the two lovely ladies that was with him that morning…at the end they shared the kill between the three of them…After eating they decided to pick a spot and they slept there the whole day, which gave us another chance on the afternoon drive to view these magnificent animals…what a scary encounter!

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