The list is getting longer

19. June 2014 by Ludger

I guess we need to start an inventory of the “zoo” on our property:

There is

in, respectively next to the house:

  • Fintsch. The main coon, who did accompany us all the way from Germany and is enjoying meanwhile the third place in South Africa. Since he seems to perceive himself not as a cat but a human, I am not sure whether he counts.
  • Hlozi our african cat, that we should have named differently if we look at the behaviour she displays now
  • Mamma Kitten and Eric, the two cats we did inherit from the previous owner. They have to learn to get along with the peace keeping forces with two legs
  • Mungane and Zipho, our Rhodesian Ridgebacks, since May 22nd (5 days after we moved here) proud parents of
  • 12 Dinokeng Ridgebacks, starting to eat other than from her mother since today
  • and a squirrel

and on the rest of the farm in no specific order at a minimum

  • a Leopard Tortoise (the first of the Little Big 5)
  • a Duiker
  • a Scrub Hare
  • a Porcupine
  • a Mongoose
  • a kudu bull at some times in the year (for now he has obviously left again)
  • a Red-billed Hornbill
  • a Southern yellow-billed Hornbill
  • a Grey Lourie
  • Hummingbirds
  • a Crested Barbet
  • numerous hints for a Puffy
  • a number of birds, which we heard only and could not identify yet
  • and when I came back late afternoon, there was a Jackal !

The numerous butterfly species we leave up to our friend Danise to indentify.

Speaking to our neighbours and the reserve management I am sure this list will be extended dramatically.
When the fences will be down eventually, we will have opened up an important corridor. Then we can expect elephants, cheetahs, giraffes and even the lions close to our house. Not to speak about the zebras and all the antelope species.

I will keep you posted.



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    2 Responses to “The list is getting longer”

    1. Jutta:

      was ist denn ein Puffy? Hab nicht rausfinden können, was das sein könnte

    2. Ludger:

      Didn’t want to scare anybody. We thought the skin pieces we found was from a Puffadder.
      But most likely it is a Rinkhals (spitting cobra).
      The challenge with identification, the skin looks different (even the colour), than the whole specimen.

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