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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