Operation Rhino!

What a day – long but satisfying!

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Today a group of Thanda guests took part in an exciting Rhino capture operation. Thanda’s IN THE PATH OF WILDLIFE guest experience is an excellent way to participate in wildlife conservation operations. This Rhino darting procedure was organized together with Wildlands Conservation Trust.

The picture collage shows veterinarian Dr. Mike Toft explaining the upcoming operation to the guest before he boarded the helicopter to dart the Rhino from the air. And it shows the female White Rhino to be fitted with a radio transmitter before the procedure.

Stay tuned for more posts with many images from this exciting operation!

Picture by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Private Game Reserve

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A very special delay!

My favourite Impala images!

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As part of our series on sharing interesting facts about our wildlife – including their peculiar habits and down-right bizarre behaviours – this week’s ‘Weird & Wonderful Animal Fact’ is on the Impala antelope.

The name ‘Impala’ come from the Zulu language meaning ‘gazelle’. Female impala can delay giving birth for a month if the weather conditions are harsh and the sex ratio among impala is weighed in favour of the female, with twice as many females born each year.

The picture above shows an Impala mum caring for her new-born. The picture below shows a herd of Impala moving across an open area.

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Pictures by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Private Game Reserve

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Unpublished

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While browsing through some of my older images today I found this Leopard picture I took many years ago. It was never published. So here it is now.

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

Celebrate on us!

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Over the next 24 hours we are offering anyone booking a safari with us a 10% discount as part of our 10th Anniversary Celebrations. (25 September 12:00pm – 26 September 12:00pm South African Standard Time)

Call us now on +27 35 573 1899 and quote ‘TAD03’ or email us on reservations@thanda.co.za! Terms & Conditions apply.

Picture by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Private Game Reserve

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Images only!

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I recently bought a new iPhone 5s – I was missing it  🙂 – and I also started to post images on Instagram.

If you use a smartphone and you like to see more of my images you can find me under christiansperkaphotography on Instagram.

Most of the images I post on Instagram will be different from the ones on my Blog, Facebook and Google+ and usually come with very little text :-).

Enjoy them!

PS: If you just want to look at the posted Instagram picture from time to time you can go to http://instagram.com/christiansperkaphotography on your computer.

PPS: All Instagram posts will also be shared on Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr – just in case you would like to follow me there!

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Ignore the car!

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Lions normally ignore game drive vehicles, especially when the encounter is on their terms. The Thanda dominant male was passing within touching distance of the vehicle, undisturbed by the humans within the car.

It was not necessary to tell any of the Thanda guests to sit very still and be quiet during this sighting, that was done quite naturally 🙂

What a morning!