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family values

Thumbnail image for family values by Ben Coley April 5, 2013

There are still no new developments with the lion saga here at Sabi Sabi. The main players seem to be buying time at the moment as there has been no further interaction since the last blog was posted. Throughout all of the recent happenings, the Southern Pride females have kept to themselves, no doubt trying […]

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battle stations

Thumbnail image for battle stations by Ben Coley March 27, 2013

In a tumultuous morning of lion interaction, the Kruger male finally caught up with Solo and the Eyrefield male. What transpired however was unexpected and still left us wondering what the future holds for the lions of Sabi Sabi. The morning began like any other. Land Rovers filled with excited guests left their respective lodges […]

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i thought i saw a puddy cat

Thumbnail image for i thought i saw a puddy cat by Ben Coley March 5, 2013

The last few days have seen a spate of cat sightings that has left the rangers and guests extremely pleased with their safaris! The catalyst for this feline extravaganza: the Sparta males. Their presence has meant that the Southern Pride has been AWOL for a while now, doing everything they can to avoid these intruding […]

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this! is! sparta!

Thumbnail image for this! is! sparta! by Ben Coley February 18, 2013

Ok, so the line from 300 might be a little cheesy or perhaps even lost on some of you but the parallels are rather relevant at the moment. The dynamics of the lion population at Sabi Sabi has been crying out for change of late. The epic nature of the Southern Pride’s reign has limited […]

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it takes two to tango

Thumbnail image for it takes two to tango by Ben Coley February 7, 2013

In a recent poll of the most iconic animals in Africa, the giraffe surprisingly destroyed all its competition by an overwhelming margin. Nothing in the bush causes more oooh’s and aaaah’s than the elegant giraffe. Sometimes it reminds me of bonfire night in England where there are massive firework displays and the cacophony of explosions […]

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the clock is ticking

Thumbnail image for the clock is ticking by Ben Coley February 1, 2013

Geoffrey Chaucer once said, “Time and tide wait for no man”. Never was a truer word spoken. Time cannot be changed or regained. We are all slaves to time. In fact, as you read this, you have lost 10 seconds that you will never get back… It can never be taken back and dictates our […]

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the bush gods

Thumbnail image for the bush gods by Ben Coley January 29, 2013

The bush: Nature’s mosaic. The environment that surrounds us is a perfectly balanced amalgamation of all things great and small. From the microscopic bacteria to the largest tree, each individual performs independently, yet coexists in perfect harmony. However, sometimes I wonder if there is not more to it; a bigger picture that we seem to […]

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bird of paradise

Thumbnail image for bird of paradise by Ben Coley January 15, 2013

Summer is a time for birds to begin their annual courtship and for many this involves relocating to make advantage of improved resources. The stunning African Paradise Flycatcher is an example of an intra-African migrant which spends the winter in areas north of South Africa but makes its way to the Kruger area when the […]

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survival of the quickest

Thumbnail image for survival of the quickest by Ben Coley December 9, 2012

But for a few notable exceptions, animals are not known for their problem solving abilities. Most rely on primeval instinct that has been passed on to them through generation after generation. The knowledge of what to do and when is as natural for them as is taking their next breath. This instinct courses through their […]

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feathered frenzies

Thumbnail image for feathered frenzies by Ben Coley December 4, 2012

In all walks of life, often the best form of defense is attack. In the bush this is all too true and examples of it can be seen every day in a behavior called ‘mobbing’. Organisms of all sizes exhibit this behavior from time to time: from angry herds of buffalo chasing off marauding lions, […]

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