My first encounter with the worlds most trafficked animal and yet an animal that most have never seen!
… More A very special encounter – My first time to see a Temminck’s Ground Pangolin
…I only saw the strong muscled body, not the head and assumed it was a Mamba. Like a flash I was out of the door of the house… … More Memories of my life in the bush – An evening with Mfezi, the snake.
This is the fifth and final part on the story of Crocuta. Crocuta was now 3 years of age and have been in a clan of her own for almost a year. I still visited her whenever I had time, I would call her to the fence and she would come running to the fence … More Raising a Spotted Hyena Part 5
Introducing Crocuta to a male It was time for Crocuta to no longer be in human company, but be with her own kind. Of all the phases this was the most difficult one for me. How will I know if it will work or not? Wild animals, and actually most animals, cannot really be controlled. … More Raising a spotted Hyena – Part 4
This is the story of Crocuta continued. At around 8/9 months old, Crocuta was still living in and around camp with us. At this point I did not allow her in our house anymore, but on the odd occasion she did come in, she was like a happy child. Jumping on couches and bookshelves and … More Raising a Spotted Hyena – Part 3
If you haven’t read the previous post, please read it to start the story of Crocuta. https://countrylivingsa.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/raising-a-spotted-hyena-part-1/ So, here I was with an estimated 6 day old Spotted Hyena baby. It was pitch black with tiny ears that were close to its head. Spotted Hyena babies are born with this eyes open, but they can only start seeing properly … More Raising a Spotted Hyena – Part 2