Chui Spotting…

By Will Knocker:

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On sunday afternoon  I was at the Masai Gate (which borders on the Silole Sanctuary) when the KWS ranger on duty – Jackson ole Kuyioni- looked over my shoulder down towards the brodge over the Empakasi River…”Do you want to see a chui?” he asked in Kiswahili

“Look up in the big acacia!” Can you see the leopard here?

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The binoculars revealed the cat just 75 m away, listening to us chatting: suburban leopard!

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Hopefully the leopard population in NNP is going up since two  of the big cats were poisoned by a new neighbour near the Sanctuary a year or two ago….

Clash of the Titans

By Will Knocker:

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Two bull Black (Browse) rhinos go nose to massive nose on who’s territory this is…

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Massive pachydems face off to determine who is the Boss…in the middle of the road…

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We kept our distance….(have you ever been charged by a rhino?)

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And watched in fascination  as the two protagonists got on with their confrontation…
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Good old KWS had to spoil the show..

 

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Visitors who had obviously NOT been charged by a rhino hoved in for a closer view & the rhinos, honour satisfied, trotted off back from the disputed border, back deeper into their territories….

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Happy World Wildlife Day 3rd of March……..