2015 Veld Fire in the Kalahari

Last night’s devastating veld fire was driven by fierce wind.

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A neighbouring farm lost 90% of the grazing land!

 

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Elephant Cow Raises Twins – What Happened?

This rare and absolutely astounding sighting was made on tour through the Etosha National Park. From what was observed it seemed as if the Elephant Cow had two little ones to care for. It is not sure whether it was her own two calves or if she has adopted the other.  Or maybe the one of the small was an orphan?  Have a look at the picture below and leave a comment if you think you know what could have happened.

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Photo’s by: The owner of Scheidthof Guest

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Giant African Praying Mantis

It is during the late rainy season that the Praying Mantis (Sphodromantis viridis) also referred to as African Mantis starts to appear on Guest Farm Scheidthof. This peculiar looking insect has a bright green colour and belongs ta an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in 15 families.

“Mantises are exclusively predatory. They will only eat meat that they have caught themselves. Insects form the primary diet, but larger species have been known to prey on small scorpions, lizardsfrogsbirdssnakesfish, and even rodents; they will prey upon any species small enough to be successfully captured and devoured.” source: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis)

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The elusive Pangolin

For 28 years no pangolin, also referred as “scaly anteater”, has been seen on Farm Scheidthof. This find is therefore somewhat of a small sensation!

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Pangolin’s are nocturnal and highly secretive animals, which make them hard to study. They normally stay in their burrows during the day. The pangolin vary in size from 1.6 to 33kg and feed mainly on ants, termites, earthworms, larvae and crickets. They can consume up to 70 million insects annually.

Four different species pangolin can be found in Africa:

Cape or Temminck’s ground pangolin (Manis temminckii)

Tree or African white-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) – Near Threatened

Giant ground pangolin (Smutsia gigantea) – Near Threatened

Long-tailed or black-bellied pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla)

 

Due to poaching and illegal wildlife trade these incredible creatures have become one of the most endangered mammal groups in the world.

To read more about this amazing little creature, click here.

Or visit the following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin

http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/pangolin

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012

Dear Readers,

We here at Scheidthof would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2012. May all your New Year resolutions become reality.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2012

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2012

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Namibia: Lions feast on Elephant

On a Safari through the Etosha National Park a group of tourists, lead by the owner of Guest Farm Scheidhof, encountered a pride of lions feasting on the carcass of a dead Elephant. After making a few inquires, the cause of death became evident. The Elephant had to be put down by Game rangers due to severe burns, it received from a devastating bush fire which destroyed 250 000 to 300 000 hectares of land within the Etosha National Park!

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