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It runs with a stiff-legged gallop, is generally silent even when fleeing danger and can deliver a killer blow to a lion with its huge forefeet. Boasting with the title of being the world’s tallest animal, the giraffe must be one of the strangest looking creatures on earth and has fortunately stood the tests of time with a healthy population in South Africa.

Saamgestel deur: Lizanne Nel (Bewaringsbestuurder SA Jagters), Jaco van Deventer en Hendrik Hagen (Bergriviertak SA Jagters). Junie 2019.

Hondsdolheid is een van die mees gevreesde siektes wat ‘n mens of dier kan opdoen. Alle soogdiere is vatbaar vir die virus, asook mense en infeksies vind plaas deur blootstelling aan speeksel van ‘n besmette dier of mens, soos wanneer gebyt word deur ‘n hondsdol jakkals of hond. Simptome van hondsdolheid sluit die volgende in: spierspasmas, oormatige speeksel afskeiding, waansin en vrees vir water. Indien ‘n mens of dier eers gediagnoseer is met die siekte, is dit basies ‘n doodsvonnis en daar bestaan geen behandeling wat effektief is nie. Dit is gevolglik kritiese van belang om voorkomend op te tree.

The white ring on the buttocks of the waterbuck gives it the descriptive Afrikaans name of kringgat. It is indeed a beautiful and graceful antelope that sticks to the denser woodlands of Africa and it is always associated with water. Waterbuck are not aquatic animals but tend to keep very close to water and will take refuge in deep water when threatened by predators. Food is mostly guaranteed around water and provides the waterbuck with the succulent grass that it feeds on. Herds of waterbuck include cows, calves, young bulls and often a couple of real trophy bulls. Big bulls have curved horns that reach up to 40 inches in length and can be used effectively as defence against predators and adversaries.