Gentle Giant Research

One of my most special experiences as a Wildlife Photographer so far!

Thanda Safari

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This week marks a particularly exciting event at Thanda Safari.

In partnering with the Wild Tomorrow Fund, we were able to immobilise three carefully selected Elephants in order to attach tracking collars. Two dominant Elephant cows and a single large bull will now be collecting valuable data which will enable us to see exactly how the breeding herds and a bachelor group utilise their time and space on the reserve. This will offer insights into habitat use as well as movement patterns over rainfall events and seasonal changes. At the same time, multiple micro weather stations have been installed throughout the reserve and the Elephant movements over the landscapes will be mapped considering the daily changes in climatic conditions.

While we had the opportunity, blood samples were taken as part of a study with the University of Pretoria which will investigate the long-term effects of the PZP immuno-contraception programme which has…

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Youngsters

The two new Thanda Cheetah cubs are already good looking youngsters, about four month old! Their mum kept them hidden from the world for a considerable time and she is very carefully looking after them.

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The Ultimate Interaction

It was amazing to photograph this …

Thanda Safari

In beautiful surroundings ... In beautiful surroundings …

It is always very exciting to see animals interact – between different species or between specimen of the same species. It is a very rare occasion to see large mammals – like White Rhinos – mating. This week Thanda Safari guests were very lucky to witness this ‘ultimate interaction’. The dominant bull had fought with another male for his mating rights and his slightly wounded rival was still hanging around during the process. A third (young) male, who behaved submissively, was tolerated by the others and was watching the mating. It took over 30 minutes before the big bull descended from the cow. At that stage all involved parties were very exhausted and took a nap!

What a sighting!


More about White Rhinos …

White Rhino females reach sexual maturity at 6–7yrs while males reach sexual maturity between 10–12yrs. Courtship is often difficult. The female usually acts aggressively and…

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