What cat is that?

A short quiz for the cat lovers among you!

These are 16 pictures of 14 different cat species – what species are they?

Just cows? Not so much ….

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Sometimes safari guests think that a Cape Buffalo is just another type of cow. Far from it. These stocky herd animals can turn from fairly docile bovines into very dangerous opponents within seconds.

When threatened a herd will form a “battle array” with the large males up front, the younger males on the sides and the females and calves behind. In that formation they can even stand down a pride of Lions. For Humans on foot they can be one of the most dangerous encounters in the bush. There position as one of the Big Five is therefore fully justified.

This picture shows the Thanda Buffalo herd leaving a waterholes.

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

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Operation Cheetah

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Today we changed the radio collar on our Cheetah mum so that the Wildlife Team can continue to monitor her progress – I was allowed to be hands – on for a moment – Thanks to Warren for taking the picture 🙂

And this is a collage of the operation – before – during – after

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OPERATION RHINO … continued

I love photo shoots like this one …

… a few more images from yesterday’s Rhino capture operation at Thanda.

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Under the guidance of Dr.Mike Toft this White Rhino female was tranquillized, a transmitter was implanted into her horn by the Thanda Wildlife Management Team, a general health check was performed and many measurements and some DNA samples were taken.

A group of Thanda guest was participating in this IN THE PATH OF THE WILDLIFE experience which was organized together with Wildlands Conservation Trust. At the end of the successful procedure one of the guests was allowed to “wake up” the Rhino under the watchful eyes of Dr.Toft. What a day!

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For more information about Thanda’s IN THE PATH OF THE WILDLIFE guest experiences go to http://www.thanda.com/experience/top-3-activities.htm.

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

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