Waiting to be part of the pack

Last December, we went to a local game reserve as a family. Our accommodation was in a fenced off area so our dogs could come too, without disturbing the game. There was a large open-air area for communal cooking and eating, which conveniently had gates to keep animals out. When he wasn't chasing dragonflies around … Continue reading Waiting to be part of the pack

Are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes?

Zebra are so photogenic, I think it is their stripes that make them so. I love this poem by Shel Silverstein (1) about the age old question regarding their stripes. Zebra question I asked the zebra Are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes? And the zebra asked me, Or you good … Continue reading Are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes?

Intricate patterns on the tail

On a recent trip to the Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, I was astonished to see the intricate patterns on the rump and tail of this Cape Mountain Zebra, almost as if they had been braided. One article calls it "a fetching gridiron pattern". As I discovered, the … Continue reading Intricate patterns on the tail

Diary of a Cape ground squirrel (in pictures)

Hello there, human-kind! I am a young, bushy-tailed Cape ground squirrel living in the wild in a South African National Park in the Eastern Cape. I think I am classified as a ‘rodent’ and I know our species is endemic / native to South Africa. My fur is cinnamon-colured, although I do have a white … Continue reading Diary of a Cape ground squirrel (in pictures)

Searching for mom

I went on a game drive at a local game reserve recently. We had a visitor from Australia and we thought she might appreciate some time in the bush seeing some wild African animals. About an hour into our drive, we saw an elephant in the distance and our ranger / driver headed off to … Continue reading Searching for mom