Djuma Private Game Reserve » Live drives http://www.djuma.com Experience the Magic of Djuma Live! Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:15:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Fair well but not goodbye http://www.djuma.com/2012/fairwell-but-not-goodbye/ http://www.djuma.com/2012/fairwell-but-not-goodbye/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:44:27 +0000 http://www.djuma.com/?p=1803

A flower I have not seen before. It looks to be an orchid of sorts. If anyone can help with the id please do!

 

Hi everyone!

 I finally managed to get out on drive a couple of days ago and yesterday and was hoping to have some pictures of the queen herself, but sadly she is playing hide and seek! Karula and the kids were seen down by room 8 yesterday by the staff, but by the time I could go down and look for them, the royal family of Djuma had vanished!

Carmine bee-eater. First time I have seen one at Djuma!

There is some interesting news though I had from a couple of viewers who I joined on drive on Sunday. They saw Xivindzi with her father Yambilu-Jordaan down on the other side of Gowrie dam on Sunday morning! I wonder where Karula and her son were and wish I could have seen them before I left!

The Mluwati viewing from Gowrie Main

I did go and visit the hyena den, but there was no one at home, although Pete says he saw a young hyena close to camp as he came in last night. I think they have been hanging around lately because every so often I find tracks out side on my own beach outside my room! (Oh yes, I forgot to tell you I had a river bed outside my room when I arrived back, from all the sand washing through camp!)

The river bed opposite twin dams, it is now a beach!

The lions have been active lately. We heard a couple of lions calling all through the night last night to the north of camp, who must have been the 2 Nkuhuma females that have been seen over the last couple of days and 8 of the Styx were seen at Arathusa airstrip this morning! Only 4 lionesses remained in the pride after the Majingilanes are thought to have reduced their number for reasons only known to them. I am not sure the how many of the 8 were adults and cubs but it is great to hear they are further north than Mala Mala, which is where they have been for many months now.

The younger of the 2 ladies. Notice the pink on her nose!

The Nkuhuma ladies were looking well, if not a little scarred, when I saw them Sunday evening. One is extremely pregnant, due to pop very soon! What made the sighting even more wonderful was the approach of 2 rhino (which is why I didn’t want to say where we saw the lions!) One of whom was a male we saw from the crash of 6.  The old bull who had what looked to be a very uncomfortable and peculiar swelling between his legs.

Our bull rhino

I am sure you will remember him if you have met him before! They were extremely weary, which I am not surprised about as one of the tawny cats had just toileted and believe me even I could smell it!

The elder of the 2 Nkuhuma lionesses

It took a while for the lionesses to notice the onlookers but both parties after checking the other was not going to suddenly charge, were unfazed by the other’s presence and the 2 ton heavyweights continued on their way after having a little tiff between themselves, leaving the ladies to doze a while longer!

Female telling our bull to keep his distance!

I did see the Gowrie gang very briefly again. They seem to be keeping a low profile and they are just too quick for me to get a snap shot of them! I did how ever get a nice one of the young giraffe who was out on the open area. I would say roughly around 2 years old.

 I thought I would add a few pictures in to show you the transformation of some of the Milowathi river bed and other areas. Most of the roads are drying out. Tree house dam was unchanged and I have heard Buffleshoek dam is still in tact. I think the most amazing sight is baboon pan which is now being nicknamed baboon dam!

Baboon pan, aka baboon dam! Notice the road going in!

Phillamon's dip at the pump house.

This is going to be my last blog for a while from Djuma. I do hope to return to check in from time to time on our favourite animals. While I am away I will be handing the reins over to Jaco and Texan and I for one look forward to seeing their blogs. (They have been briefed on who especially you would like to hear about as well as all the goings on in the reserve!)

Spaghetti junction, looking towards vultures nest. The tree blocks the road on the left of the frame.

Take care everyone, thank you for reading and until next time, keep smiling, people will wonder what you are up too! I will leave you with one of my favourite moments, not the best picture but to have all the family in one shot was very special!


From left to right: Karula, Xivindzi, Xivambalana, Yambilu-Jordaan.

 Written by Tara

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Djuma- 1 month on! http://www.djuma.com/2012/djuma-1-month-on/ http://www.djuma.com/2012/djuma-1-month-on/#comments Sun, 08 Jan 2012 16:31:52 +0000 http://www.djuma.com/?p=1729

Djuma – a month on!

One of the baby impala for the open area!

Happy New Year everyone!!

I can’t believe I have been back in South Africa only a couple of days, it feels like I have been away for so long and yet it feels it hasn’t been a day since I left! Confused? Me too! My head is all over the show so if this doesn’t make any sense I do apologize now, it will still be the effects from the 35ish hours of traveling! (Luckily this time there was no running involved!)

Young elephant we saw today on drive!

I have no news to tell you all as yet about me, but hope to have in the next week or 2. I am at Djuma for a visit and thought everyone might appreciate hearing about the love of our lives while I was here, so without further ado here we go!

One of the zebra herds on the open area this morning!

I could swear I saw Teddy run off as I drove in to camp on the 13th after a long 6 hours on the road. It was small enough and dark enough for it to have been, although I was quite exhausted and it is possible I could have miss identified our short furry friend. Sadly he/she didn’t come back out to say Hi, but I had a huge smile on my face as I felt I had just been welcomed home by Djuma! Although I didn’t realize what a welcome back I was about to have, in more ways than one! (Just a note on the side, if ever you leave a fridge for a while, you might want to make sure the door is wedged open!) After a major clean up operation and a much needed sleep, it was time to go and see who would come out to say happy new year!

Water monitor from this morning’s drive.

Jacco hadn’t been out on a drive in a while, so he came with me to check out the hyena den on Zoe’s road, but as I expected, nobody was home and it looked like it had been a while since there had been anyone there. I did wonder if the den off Phillamon’s cutline was in use again instead and after Jacco told me the cubs were seen often by the bush braai site on the open area, I thought it was worth investigating.

Hyena adult from yesterday afternoon.

I am so glad we did! As we pulled in we noticed one of the adult hyenas lying in a tunnel entrance! She kept looking over shoulder into the tunnel, which gave the impression there were cubs behind her, so we sat for a while and waited hoping to see which cubs were there. Sadly there was no sign of the little terrors, but we did receive a radio call about Karula not too far away at Tree house dam as we were heading to the den earlier. We wanted to delay our approach to allow the other vehicles with guests to see her first and have time with her. As we realized we would not have luck with the hyenas anytime soon, another call came to tell us her daughter, Xivindzi was on Weaver’s nest road close to the junction of Gowrie main.

Our lady of Djuma, Karula.

Her mother was evidently calling, but it is hard to say if Xivindzi could hear her, as she was taking her merry sweet time about responding if she had. She may have just been waiting around for Karula’s return, looking for her own dinner and it was just by chance she was heading in the right direction towards her mother!

 With the rain that Djuma has had, the vegetation has expanded 10 fold and unfortunately Xivindzi was quite happy to sit and be just out of sight of my camera! When she did eventual move, the greenery swallowed her up as quickly as a rain drop dissolves and becomes part of the sea.

Luckily by this time there was space for us to join our lady and we did so, just north of Tree house dam, as she continued to call her wayward children, which came to no avail except for the appearance of a hyena, possibly the one we had seen a bit earlier. No doubt she heard Karula’s calls and came to inquire if there was a free meal on offer!

Karula keeping a very close watch on the hyena!

You can imagine the queen of Djuma was none too happy about the uninvited guest, but the spotted cousin kept a respectful distance and eventually comprehended there was nothing to be had and left. Karula gave up her own search for the time being and took a load off atop a termite mound! Some of you might remember the day she called the boys for hours with no answer from them. The calls she gave for Xivindzi and Xivambalana were not as loud and she didn’t seem too concerned at having no response from them. With the cubs being around 14 months old, they are more than likely still relying on her for food and it could be she stopped so they wouldn’t come to find her while the hyena was in the vicinity.

Floppy ears cubs are on the left and Teddy is standing!

With the setting of the sun, we returned to the hyena den to find, who I think were floppy ear’s youngsters curled up together and Teddy; full of energy as always! Sadly wrong lens for the light, but it was too light for the spot light to work, but at least you can see them! Teddy would be around 5-6months old now and has the spotted coat like that of the older hyena, but it is still quite dark and is more fluffy than even floppy ears 2!

Teddy seeing something more exciting in the bush!

Teddy caught our scent and looked like s/he wanted to come over, but seemed a bit intimidated by the vehicle. It is hard to say if there was some recognition or just general interest, but s/he took a few steps closer each time while sniffing the air and when I spoke s/he did venture closer still. Evidently though something else more important came up that needed urgent attention and Teddy’s focus was drawn away from us! We left the young clan members as they scurried off into bush in answer to an adult calling and with night drawing in, it was time to check on Karula and her daughter again.

Karula on the right and Xivindzi on the left.

A lap around Tree house dam brought nothing, but as we approached elephant skull and weaver’s nest junction for a final lap of the dam who should stroll out in front of us? The ladies of Djuma, Karula and Xivindzi! They gave us a royal walk by right next to the vehicle and continued down weaver’s nest towards Gowrie Main! Xivindzi seems to be a typical teenager, leading the way and showing she is all grown up, but every so often needing her mother’s attention! It was a perrrfect end to a wonderful day!

The 2 ladies strolling down the road, Karula on the right her daughter on the left.

This morning I joined Texan and Lotts of drive and for the first time I saw the Manyeleti boundary, more of Buffleshoek property and the first rock at torchwood!

First rock!

It was great to see the places we have heard mentioned so often on the radio!

We had a beautiful sighting of elephants, a quick glimpse of 2 rhino (not sure who they were I doubt it was any of the ones we used to see on drive),

the male giraffe with a patch missing on his neck, showing us his sense of humor so early in the morning!

There has been a return of a crocodile at Twin dams…I thought you might like to know about that!

The wildebeest herd has had young, I saw 3 but there could be more! This little one can’t be more than 2 months old!

The baby impala look to be doing well and are in enjoying the protection of the large creches!

I even had a buffalo bull blocking my path on the way down to the lodge this morning! This last picture is of the weaver birds who were making the nests at tree house dam.

If you remember there was only a couple of males who were busy when we left with very few nests that had been built, as you can see it is no longer the case! The sound was deafening!

I hope you enjoy hearing about the residents. If I head out again or if I have any news of the residents of Djuma or about what I am doing I will be blogging!

Until next time take care and keep smiling (everyone will wonder what you are up too!)

Written by Tara

 

 

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Stacy’s poem http://www.djuma.com/2011/stacys-poem/ http://www.djuma.com/2011/stacys-poem/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2011 09:29:12 +0000 http://www.djuma.com/?p=1639

Thank you Stacy for such a heart felt poem, a few people requested to have it put on a blog so those not on facebook can also read it. Thank you to everyone for such touching comments, dedications, videos and gifts.  For those celebrating Thank’s giving today, I hope you have  a great day and I would like to add my thank,s to have been part of such a warm, friendly and encouraging community!

I sadly only found the drives,
Six short months ago,
But I fell in love with everything,
I even watched the grass grow.
It wasn’t hard to get attached,
To the animals & the bush
As soon as I woke up each day,
My computer buttons I would push.
To catch a glimpse of, gee who know,
Maybe a Lion or an impala,
A zebra or a tall giraffe,
A rhino or a nyala,
Each day was an adventure,
Never knowing what we would see,
From hippos laying by the dam,
To a leopard up a tree.
And while seeing these amazing things,
That sometimes felt like a dream,
I got to know the three presenters,
And fell in love with the whole team.
There’s Marc, the elephant whisperer,
So knowledgeable and wise,
A gentleman that loves the bush,
You can see it in his eyes.
Then there’s Tara, dung professor,
Sounds funny but its true,
I never knew you could tell so much,
About an animal from its poo.
Then of course we come to Seb,
Our cameraman turned host,
He has a soft spot for the hyenas,
And its teddy he loves  most.
I’m going to miss the African bush,
And all I was able to see,
But feel absolutely privileged
And I know that not just me.
So many people have watched the drives,
Some longer than I have been able,
And  I know we are all feeling,
Like our days are now unstable.
What will we do with our spare time,
Now there are no more drives,
I guess somehow we must go on,
And continue in our lives.
But I will not say goodbye,
To friends I’ve made along the way,
The drives may sadly be over,
But the friendships are here to stay.
I thank you Marc, Tara & Seb,
For teaching me new things,
And I wish you luck & happiness,
In whatever it is life brings.
So after all is said and done,
What I really want to say,
Is thank you all so very much,
In each and every way.

Written By Stacy Myers,Australia

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Karula’s family tree – Her son Induna – part 2 http://www.djuma.com/2011/karulas-family-tree-her-son-induna-part-2/ http://www.djuma.com/2011/karulas-family-tree-her-son-induna-part-2/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2011 09:10:30 +0000 http://www.djuma.com/?p=1541

Induna after a successful hunt by the lodge.

Hi everyone,

As the end draws closer I think it is only right to finish what I started and that was Karula’s family tree. The last blog looked at Induna and how to identify him, in this one we have a look at his personality! He was doted on by his mother more so than Mixo was and I think that does have a lot to do with him not leaving home yet! While Mixo left about 6 months ago, Induna, thankfully for us, has remained here. He seems to have gone searching other areas close to home, but decided mother’s territory is best!

Induna on the left and his mother Karula on the right!

He is really starting to come of age, having made some impressive kills of his own, one of which was a kudu calf a few months ago, which must have weighed the same as him if not slightly larger. I think once he is fully grown he is going to be a force to be reckoned with for sure! I think he has struggled in the past to tree his kills and because of this, he has lost a number to his nemesis, the hyena. He doesn’t mess around with them, it is straight up the tree at first sign of the distant relative approaching.

Now he is 3 years old and gaining muscle he has been protecting his meals in a tree more readily. I do not doubt he tries his luck for a free meal, as I think he has done a few times in the past with both his mother and father, but I think he is gaining more confidence in his own hunting too!

Xivambalana on the left with Induna on the right.

The incredible interaction between him and his siblings, albeit under supervision of either parent, is something quite amazing! Sadly I missed the drive with Marc where Xivindzi took an interest in her brother from her vantage point and proceeded to climb down, walk up to him and tap him on the nose! I can’t believe we had the privilege of seeing him with both cubs a few months later! His sister came to say hello, but he was not overly welcoming, his younger brother was so intrigued by him, it took a lot of snarling from Induna to stop him from following! At one point he did look like he might entertain the idea of play but another growl signaled that idea was short lived, if it was true!

Collage of the boys, Mixo and Induna!

One of his nicknames is “fumble paws!” This, sadly to say, is quite accurate! I am told from word go he was constantly moving his mother’s kill around in the tree, so much so he often dropped it! After watching him now with his kills, I wonder if it is purely because he finds it uncomfortable to feed on while in the tree and prefers to eat on the ground. We have seen recently on a couple of occasions where a kill is lodged in the tree and brought down to feed on, then placed back in the tree again! Either that or he enjoys the exercise!

The only picture I got of the boys playing!

He has certainly shared a few more mysteries about his character with us by staying here and has helped to answer those hard questions I remember having when the cubs were so young, about what he is likely to do if he ever met them and will Karula allow him to meet them! Not only this, he has opened our eyes to more of the rarely witnessed leopard behaviours. One of the sightings that I will always remember was him playing cat and mouse with a baby monkey. It was so heart wrenching to watch, but it was still part of his own learning process, practicing and perfecting his skills, understanding how this potential prey moves and reacts. I think that day we all routed for the monkey though.

He seemed to be closer to his brother Mixo, than Xivindzi and Xivambalana seem to be! They were still playing with each other even when I arrived in March, which would make them around a year and 4 months of age. I remember the first time I was on camera with them casing each other in the drainage line on Weaver’s nest and hyenas bursting in on them, forcing them to climb out of harms way rapidly!

The day the hyenas chased Induna and Mixo on weaver’s nest road!

They parted company when they were much older, over a year and half at least, but I remember the day we saw them sitting with each other on Philamon’s cutline in the early morning rays. Induna got up and walked off and we followed Mixo. That was the day we sat over some bone fragments he wanted to inspect and came within cm’s of Marc’s foot!

“Brotherly love!” Induna on the left, Mixo on the right

This was the last time I can remember seeing the boys together, although we saw them for a while afterwards, it was always without the other. They did come together briefly on the open area when they were around 2 years of age, but this time there was an invisible barrier between them. Neither growled or bared teeth, nor was there nuzzling or playing; the boys had grown up.

The day they found a snake skin! Induna on the left and Mixo on the right!

I will miss our special family deeply and hope to return someday, if at the very least to catch up on what Karula and her family have been up too, but if ideas work into becoming reality, I hope it will turn out to be for a little longer than a quick hello! I will keep you all posted, but as yet it is only ideas that need to be built on and everything is still up in the air!

Thank you once again for the pictures and this time I added a few of my own memories too!

Written by Tara

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Great friends and awesome memories! http://www.djuma.com/2011/great-friends-and-awesome-memories/ http://www.djuma.com/2011/great-friends-and-awesome-memories/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:34:56 +0000 http://www.djuma.com/?p=1545

Xivambalana 22 Nov

Hi everyone,

With a couple of days left, we are still seeing some awesome sights and making memories which I am sure we will continue to do right up to the last. Xivambalana came to visit camp again so everyone was treated to a tour of WildEarth camp along the way on yesterdays AM drive!

We have been amazed this week by a black mamba sitting on the road clearly focused on some potential meal in the bush, it didn’t even glance in Marc’s direction! I was so excited at seeing such a tiny warthog baby the other day and such a perfect picture moment that I had missed but luckily others caught, of the baby standing underneath mum’s belly! Priceless!

We have played with dung beetles,

watched tortoises courting,

visited the leopard orchid,

had the elephants drop in to say hi,

and even met the cub of a female leopard who we have rarely seen, Inkanyeni. Her cub is around 6 months old and was sitting in an apple leaf as the rain started to fall! WE couldn’t stick around to see his mother return but at least we saw this pale eyed young male who must be the offspring of Mvula!

Our favourite leopards have not been disapointing us either!

Xivambalana 17 Nov

Xivambalana was realxing by the side of the road on the 17th, struggling with the emense heat of the day, but as the temperatures dipped slightly it was time to move on and we caught up with him again as he inspected the road and bush in his own time! Dusk fell and as he approached the open area he was startled by Xivindzi as she popped out the bush! She called to him as if her maternal instinct was taking over and the pair continued their stroll back into the vegetation towards Graham’s old house. The sound of the even chorus was punctured by the shrill call of a bushbaby that was most put out at Xivambalana’s attempt on it’s life and made sure his ears were ringing of it!

Bushbaby

We were blessed to have had 2 of the Matimbas join us briefly for the day of the 18th as well as Induna, both of which were sleeping on our boundaries, but thankfully far enough away from each other not to be a problem for Induna. The boys headed north as the sun set and were no longer visible from Buffleshoek cutline, but at least they had swung by to pass on their regards!Matimba males

That night Marc was lucky enough to find Xivambalana and Karula on Vuyatela access road after drive. As he watched Xivindzi joined them and the young family headed back to the West, but sadly we couldn’t find where they may have had a kill on drive the following morning. One guide had found Xivindzi in the same area but by the time we arrived, she had disappeared into the bush, leaving no trace of where she had gone too.

Xivambalana on impala road

While we had reports of Karula in the South on Chitwa Chitwa the following day, Xivambalana was found on Impala road that afternoon and we managed to catch up with him briefly as he settled down for a snooze. But it was Marc’s find of Induna the following day that proved the most interesting!

Induna was lying not far from tamboti dam and was panting heavily, with a female impala watching him close by. It was only when Marc returned were his suspicion of a kill confirmed. The impala mother was still around, while Induna rested on the opening to a nest which Marc later found to have empty egg cases inside.

Floppy ear, the hyena clan matriarch, caught Marc’s eye as they sat with the unlikely couple, but it was distracted by something in the tree;  a baby impala. Realising she had her eye on his dinner, Induna made a bee-line towards the tree and climbed quickly she charged in! It was as if he was gloating, this time he was the victor!

Induna and floppy ear

And so as the bush opera continues, it is time to reflect on what has been and what will be. As much as it is heart breaking, at least we can say we have been privileged and honored to have been able to watch and share so much much of their lives and all these amazing times, will be forever etched in our memories and enjoyed the world over with friendships found and made along this incredible journey we have traveled on together.

Once again, a big thank you for sharing your wonderful screen captures of which I am going to miss a lot. I will stay in touch, as I am sure Marc and Seb will do, on our facebook pages both public and private. I have my own blog page http://tara-pirie.blogspot.com/2011/11/just-quick-note.html for those who are not on facebook and I do twitter when the latest blog is out too!

Karula

Thank you so much to everyone for all your support, encouragement, loyalty and most importantly your friendship, it has been a huge pleasure and a fantastic experience to have been on safari with you. This is not goodbye, but fair well until we meet again…..

Written by Tara

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Tipjar for Marc, Tara and Sebastien. http://www.djuma.com/2011/tipjar-for-marc-tara-and-sebastien/ http://www.djuma.com/2011/tipjar-for-marc-tara-and-sebastien/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:49:36 +0000 http://www.djuma.com/?p=1507 Several of you have asked for the possibility to tip Marc, Tara and Seb as we say goodbye to them later in the week, so we’ve decided to reopen the tip jar that was used earlier in August.

The full amount of any tips given will be split between Marc, Tara and Seb as a thank you for the great moments they’ve brought all of you and us.

Tips can be sent through Paypal to the e-mail address crewtips@djuma.com (note that this is a different e-mail from the one used in August) or by clicking this button:



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Karula’s family tree – Her son Induna- part one http://www.djuma.com/2011/karulas-family-tree-her-son-induna-part-one/ http://www.djuma.com/2011/karulas-family-tree-her-son-induna-part-one/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 09:25:23 +0000 http://www.djuma.com/?p=1469

Hi everyone,
I will release the last part of Karula but I thought in light of today finding Induna with an impala kill on Gowrie cutline, I think it is time to show the spot light on Induna!  Induna, meaning chief, is the son of Karula, born in mid Nov 2008 with litter mate Mixo. The pair were Karula’s second litter and she would have been just 4 and half years old. She had been seen mating with Yambilu-Jordaan and through his numerous appearances with the family it is widely accepted he is their father. This will make him and Mixo full brothers to Xivindzi and Xivambalana.
What is remarkable is the fact he is still here! He is 3 years old and still utilising his mother’s territory, while she has cubs. He has even met his younger sister Xivindzi nose to nose and shared a couple of meals with his father! Mean while his independent brother, Mixo, seems to have left us behind and continued his journey into adulthood somewhere else in the sands. The latest report was he has made it to the Southern part of the Sands!
I must admit I a very happy at least Induna has stayed around a bit longer, as I am sure many of you are! It is great to see how he is progressing and the fact we have seen family interactions like this is incredible!
To identify this charismatic boy I usually use the following marks which are very distinctive. Firstly the pattern between his eyes is very distinctive, most people say they see a face, others see something else but it is distinctive what ever you see it as!
                                                          

Looking on his right side, there is a very neat semi-circle of spots over his eye. This I have noticed, he shares with his dad Yambilu-Jordaan, who also has this spot pattern above his right eye! Induna also has a triangle that points towards the corner of his right eye and lies just at the end of the semi-circle of spots.

                                                           

On his left side the arrow points to his beauty spot, another triangle but much larger than the one on his right side. Some call it bat wings! You can also see a line from this to the corner of his eye which is almost vertical. His brother Mixo has a “Y” at the corner of his eyes as does his younger brother Xivambalana.

                                                                         

Sadly Induna lost the tip to his tail. We believe it was due to a hyena, possibly even floppy ear when he was younger. Last year the tip became exposed and but thankfully it healed and he seems no worse for wear. In fact if you see his tail now, you would have to look closely to see it is slightly smaller than other leopard tails!

                                                                         
Thank you everyone for sending in pictures of this beautiful boy, I will be going into a bit more of his character in the next Blog about him!Written by Tara

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Details for the rhino donations- We made front page! http://www.djuma.com/2011/details-for-the-rhino-donations/ http://www.djuma.com/2011/details-for-the-rhino-donations/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2011 12:23:11 +0000 http://www.djuma.com/?p=1339

Hi everyone,

Thank you for joining us last night for the fireside chat, it was extremely interesting to talk to Phillip from Qumic who works for the Antipoaching Unit for Sabi sands and Arrie from the rhino orphanage. If you missed the chat here is a link to the You Tube, thanks once again to muttluver for recording this and making it possible for others to watch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7mxUX8irPk

For those who have been asking how to send further donations here are the details:

For Sabi sands Anti poaching Unit, there are two ways you can donate:

The website http://www.virginunite.com/fundraiser/All-for-the-Rhinos/ set up by Lindsey Hanekon for the Rhinos. This method is recommended for international viewers as there are no bank transfer fees and if you live in teh UK they get gift aid on top of the donation.

Or The direct bank details are as follows:

Ulusaba T/A Pride and Purpose

First National Bank

Randburg commercial branch 254005

Cheque account no:  62187747012

Address: Cnr Main Avenue and Republic Road, Randburg, 2125

Swift code:  FIRNZAJJ

REF: RHINO

For the rhino orphanage the details are as follows:

Von der Hoven Attorneys Trust

Nedbank Mokopane

Acc. 1468 100 645

Branch 146 805

Ref: H1466

This is a temporary trust fund while they are processing the orphanage as a charity with it’s own trust fund. As you will hear in the video, the orphanage is in it’s early stages but progress is moving swiftly to complete it.

We also invited 2 members of the press to join us for the chat and to see what we do here. Dianne, who also joined us for the drive the following morning, will be writing a piece for the local paper, Kruger to Canyon. We felt it might give the local community a boost to know there are people across the world who care about what is happening to the rhino here in South Africa. Dianne has since given me the link to the piece she has written which made front page of the local paper on the 12 Nov 2011 http://www.ditippingwoods.com/2011/11/13/virtual-tourists-support-our-rhino/. She has also become a Djuma Djunkie and is keen to join Ganda as often as she can! Her partner Joel is the African consultant for a Major Dutch Newspaper and is also keen to write a story about the live drives, which might help to boost numbers!

I have also been asked about the possibility of buying the “save the rhino” bracelets. I am looking into whether it is possible to do so and will give more details once I hear back from a possible source.

If anyone would like a copy of the certificates to hand out, or put up in classrooms, shops etc please send an e-mail to tara@djuma.com.

Thank  you so much for caring  about these magnificent creatures!

Written by Tara

I have since been sent the Rhino calf’s Prayer by Yolande Van Der Merwe that Arrie discussed at the end of the chat, here it is for you to read:

A RHINO CALF’S PRAYER

Oh Lord, I pray for mercy
I won’t survive on my own.
Where do I go, where do I hide,
I’m confused and scared and alone.

I still hear the gunshots ringing Lord
a burning pain real and true,
but I have to keep on running
or for sure they’ll hack my horn too.

O Lord, I pray for reason,
please help me come to score,
why the humans that I’ve trusted
have started this bloodthirsty War.

They came and murdered my mother, Lord
their chainsaws dripping with red.
They left her alive and helpless
until to her death, she bled.

How many more like me Lord,
before we vanish from this Earth?
How many more mutilated bodies
and little calves lost before birth?

Oh Lord, I pray for forgiveness
towards those who do the Unjust.
Those who’ve taken my family
and left them bleeding in the dust.

Oh Lord, I pray there’s still people
guardian angels from above,
who’ll take a little calf and heal its wounds,
and protect it with all their Love.

Lord, I cannot run anymore,
I’m small, my strength fading fast,
my legs are numb, my breath is done
I hear my heart beat its last.

Oh Lord, I pray for mercy,
have compassion for my strife.
Please hurry Lord, send me an angel,
a human who’ll save my life.
                                              YvdM

 

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Rhino donations – We made front page! http://www.djuma.com/2011/rhino-donations-we-made-front-page/ http://www.djuma.com/2011/rhino-donations-we-made-front-page/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:52:57 +0000 http://www.djuma.com/?p=1459

Hi everyone,

Great news, we made front page on the local paper Kruger to Canyon, here is the link to the story written by Dianne which was released yesterday! http://www.ditippingwoods.com/2011/11/13/virtual-tourists-support-our-rhino/. If you missed the fire side chat here is a link to the You Tube, thanks once again to muttluver for recording this and making it possible for others to watch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7mxUX8irPk. It was extremely interesting to talk to Phillip from Qumic who works for the Antipoaching Unit for Sabi sands and Arrie from the rhino orphanage. 

For those who have been asking how to send further donations here are the details:

For Sabi sands Anti poaching Unit, there are two ways you can donate:

The website http://www.virginunite.com/fundraiser/All-for-the-Rhinos/ set up by Lindsey Hanekon for the Rhinos. This method is recommended for international viewers as there are no bank transfer fees and if you live in teh UK they get gift aid on top of the donation.

Or The direct bank details are as follows:

Ulusaba T/A Pride and Purpose

First National Bank

Randburg commercial branch 254005

Cheque account no:  62187747012

Address: Cnr Main Avenue and Republic Road, Randburg, 2125

Swift code:  FIRNZAJJ

REF: RHINO

For the rhino orphanage the details are as follows:

Von der Hoven Attorneys Trust

Nedbank Mokopane

Acc. 1468 100 645

Branch 146 805

Ref: H1466

This is a temporary trust fund while they are processing the orphanage as a charity with it’s own trust fund. As you will hear in the video, the orphanage is in it’s early stages but progress is moving swiftly to complete it.

We also invited 2 members of the press to join us for the chat and to see what we do here. Dianne, who also joined us for the drive the following morning, will be writing a piece for the local paper, Kruger to Canyon. We felt it might give the local community a boost to know there are people across the world who care about what is happening to the rhino here in South Africa. Dianne has also become a Djuma Djunkie and is keen to join Ganda as often as she can! Her partner Joel is the African consultant for a Major Dutch Newspaper and is also keen to write a story about the live drives, which might help to boost numbers!

I have also been asked about the possibility of buying the “save the rhino” bracelets. I am looking into whether it is possible to do so and will give more details once I hear back from a possible source.

If anyone would like a copy of the certificates to hand out, or put up in classrooms, shops etc please send an e-mail to tara@djuma.com.

Thank  you so much for caring  about these magnificent creatures!

Written by Tara

I have since been sent the Rhino calf’s Prayer by Yolande Van Der Merwe that Arrie discussed at the end of the chat, here it is for you to read:

A RHINO CALF’S PRAYER

Oh Lord, I pray for mercy
I won’t survive on my own.
Where do I go, where do I hide,
I’m confused and scared and alone.

I still hear the gunshots ringing Lord
a burning pain real and true,
but I have to keep on running
or for sure they’ll hack my horn too.

O Lord, I pray for reason,
please help me come to score,
why the humans that I’ve trusted
have started this bloodthirsty War.

They came and murdered my mother, Lord
their chainsaws dripping with red.
They left her alive and helpless
until to her death, she bled.

How many more like me Lord,
before we vanish from this Earth?
How many more mutilated bodies
and little calves lost before birth?

Oh Lord, I pray for forgiveness
towards those who do the Unjust.
Those who’ve taken my family
and left them bleeding in the dust.

Oh Lord, I pray there’s still people
guardian angels from above,
who’ll take a little calf and heal its wounds,
and protect it with all their Love.

Lord, I cannot run anymore,
I’m small, my strength fading fast,
my legs are numb, my breath is done
I hear my heart beat its last.

Oh Lord, I pray for mercy,
have compassion for my strife.
Please hurry Lord, send me an angel,
a human who’ll save my life.
                                              YvdM

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All boys together, fantastic collage of the rouge male, Mufufunyane and Xivambalana!

HI everyone!

I am still amazed at what transpired on the afternoon drive of the 10th! After a false start in the morning, the team became full on technicians to resolve the issue which prevented us going on drive. With the help of Pete and Skype, (what a wonderful invention!) We found ourselves standing around the Ganda just like Melusi and Alex had done so many times before with their laptops open working out where the fault was! It really was like a Eureka moment!! It also meant afternoon safari went out with no technical problems which was to prove perfect timing for sure!

Starting at quarantine open area in the hope of seeing the new born impala lambs who were seen the day before, we introduced Eugene, one of the lodge managers of Vuyatela, who was joining us for the drive. With no luck in the lamb department, we headed off on in the direction of one of the water sources, with it being so hot I thought it was a great place to start!

Violet backed starling

We bumbled around tree house dam looking for the cubs who had been seen there earlier in the day Enjoying a spot of birding we slowly made our way to the wall to view the weaver nests a bit closer. Just as I was saying to Eugene and Seb, “have a good look on the other side of the dam wall in case the cubs are there”, they both shouted, “there, there, there!” Indeed there was Xivambalana looking proud of himself, busy eating what turned out to be a squirrel!

Xivambalana caught eating his meal.

We watched him finish his snack and settle down to digest it, hoping Xivindzi would turn up, but alas she didn’t. As much as I wanted to stay with him, I thought it was a good point to excuse ourselves and have a bit of a drive around!

White backed vulture chick

Not too much was happening at twin dams and after checking in on the vulture chick which is probably around 2 months old now and close to fledging, we headed back to tree house dam in the hope, once again, of seeing Xivindzi. We had heard she happened to show up just after we left earlier!

The mystery cat!

As we approached Graham radioed saying Yambilu-Jordaan, their father, had just shown up too! Wow! I couldn’t wait!! We pulled in to find Xivambalana keeping his distance and coughing at his father. I though it was a bit odd, but thought the way he snarled at him last time, maybe he had decided to keep clear!

The mystery cat drinking from the small pool by tree house dam wall

The old boy found the spot Xivambalana had been sitting eating his lunch and as he sniffed the area we were able to gain a better view of him. It was not Yambilu-Jordaan!  It was possibly Mufufunyane, who was the cubs granddad! This could be why the cubs had been wary of him. Last time they met, he had chased them! Xivindzi had high tailed it out of there, but Xivambalana sat on the dam wall to watch his relative drink from the same puddle he had also quenched his thirst at earlier. I must admit something wasn’t sitting right in my mind though.

This male was a little lighter than Mufufunyane and something in his face seemed different, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. His is ears were more rugged than I remembered too, but it has been a while since I have seen him and I don’t know his spot pattern all that well. I had also heard from guides the night before he didn’t look well, he was seen salivating and had a swelling on his neck. This male was salivating slightly, I didn’t see the swelling, but a few others did, this coupled with another guide saying it was Mufufuyane, I thought well it must be him, maybe just in a bad way!

The rouge male taking a break

He followed the young cub’s trail on to the dam wall where he rested his thin body. He was clearly hungry. Xivambalana still was not sure of this old cat and watched from behind a termite mound quietly sounding his displeasure at his presence! The old boy saw him but luckily made no attempt to chase him. The heat of the day and his illness had obviously taken it’s toll on him over the day, so instead he chose to rest for a while, probably enjoying the cooling breeze and cooling temperatures!

The Intruder trying to be as flat as possible!

His relaxed mood changed in the blink of an eye, flattening his body and ears, with full attention focused on something on the opposite side of the dam. Someone excitedly shouted it’s Xivindzi! Sure enough there was another spotted feline strolling towards the water’s edge from the Southern side. Suddenly our old boy was seen. The other cat stopped in it’s tracks assessing the situation, then to our amazement continued walking towards the dam. In doing so we could see clearly this was another male! Someone else shouted it’s Yambilu-Jordaan! Dad has come! But looking through the binoculars, I couldn’t see the distinctive heart that is so clear on his head. I kept saying “no! it’s not him, I can’t see the heart!” Then I noticed the trade mark thick black lines running from the eyes of none other than Mufufunyane himself! This was the real grandpa to the cubs!

Mufufunyane in all his glory!

He was so nonchalance in his approach towards the stranger, taking his time as he advanced along the water’s edge on the side of the dam wall, but as the the gap closed he stopped and looked directly at him. I thought a fight was about to erupt between them, but the intruder, it seemed, wanted to avoid any conflict and without some much as a snarl or a hiss, he fled. Mufufunyane didn’t follow, he seemed content to watch his dust settle. Having a quick check of the immediate area, possible to make sure he had indeed left and hadn’t just gone to hide in the nearby bush, he then returned to the water and to where his grandson had watched the whole episode from.

Mufufunyane, Xivambalana’s grandfather

Clearly the young cat was still a bit wary, occasionally coughed to tell him he wasn’t sure off him, as he approached his grandfather. Not greeting him like he did his father, but watched him with respect as Mufufunyane busied himself with smelling the scent of another being, not paying too much attention to his young observer. The last time we know of when these two had met was at the same dam, Xivambalana had not gone too far, bit hide awaiting the arrival of his mother. Later that afternoon Karula came to collect them, she hissed a little in her father’s direction, but did little else to berate him! She even sat on the wall a while, waiting for her daughter to also respond to her calls, while her son was eager to show her how much she was missed! Xivindzi had disappeared once again like she did that day too. This time though Karula has no where to be seen.

Xivambalana watching the intruder from a safe distance!

Xivambalana may have remembered this day and decided a metre or 2 was close enough and with his old relative not really that interested, he left him to his own devices. After refreshing himself with a quick drink, Mufufunyane went back to where the mystery cat had been sitting, almost like he was picking up his scent. He then started to follow what may have been his trail, heading back into the drainage line. Following where we could, we eventually lost him. He had been salivating a bit but not as much as had been reported to us. We are unsure what has caused him to drool it could be any number of things but he looked in better shape than the mystery male he was now following! A final lap of the area reviled where the little boy chose to hide which was now on the Southern side of the dam. But with night falling rapidly, I felt it was the best cover for him in case the other male was still around and left the cloak of darkness to conceal him once more. I need not have worried though, just moments later, the rouge male was found already at twin dams by another guide!

Xivambalana and his grandfather Mufufunyane

Thanks to some wonderful detection work by a number of people, the mystery feline seems to be the Marthly male from Mala mala. There is another which also goes by the name of Tyson, but this is not him!

The rouge male looks to be the Marthly male

WE also found out from Seb in the morning, that he bumped into Mufufunyane on Gowrie Main later on that evening, heading in the same direction as the rouge male! Probably making sure he was long gone out of his territory! It could be the old boy was forced out of his original territory and is now a nomadic male skipping from one territory to the next trying to keep out of the way of the owners! It seems to me he was just hungry and came to find what had been eaten in case there was a scrap left for him. The cubs although in some danger were also clued up and kept a  safe enough distance to be able to out run the older male with ease.

Collage of Mufufunyane

What is interesting is the interaction between grandfather and grandson. I wonder if Xivambalana remembered how his mother reacted to Mufufunyane and that he was chased by him when he was younger. But he was more willing to approach his relative than the he was the non-related male. Mufufunyane has been known to kill very young cubs, even his own offspring, maybe he knew Xivambalana would be able to run away or fight for himself. What ever the reason he wasn’t interested in him at all. Could it be he was watching out for his younger relative? There’s no doubt he didn’t want the male there and it will be mostly intolerance to another potential rival, but still it makes you wonder, was he protecting the cubs that day too? I wouldn’t put the possibility of anything past this family anymore!

Karula was seen the following day with Xivambalana by Vuyatela access. She wasn’t best pleased with him as he kept getting in her way while she was trying to hunt! It is thought Xivindzi was seen around the lodge late in the afternoon, almost as if they have an understanding to meet her there if they get lost!

Thank you everyone for sending in the pictures, if anyone has a picture of the baby vulture to share please send it through and I’ll add it to the Blog!

Written by Tara

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