Richard and Kathy, Gene and Rachel finished their southern African travels at the Imbabala Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe, located on the bank of the Zambezi River about 70 km (45 m.) upstream of Victoria Falls. River cruises and land drives showed them impala, warthogs, elephants, Kudu, monitor lizards, crocodiles, hippos and bush bucks. As you will see in Kathy’s Smilebox, this safari lodge is a nice spot to stay.
Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 found the tour group flying to Durban on the Indian Ocean, then driving to KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland and then back into South Africa to Kruger National Park. Game drives were enjoyed at Hluhluwe and Kruger Parks. Kathy’s Smilebox slide and video show includes her front seat video of a spectacular elephant crossing in Kruger Park. A copy of the video was requested by the safari guide and has also been published on Youtube. Kathy shares her pictures and videos of drum and dance performances, crafts, food, scenery and many many animals.
I knew there were anthrax outbreaks in hippos in some parts of Africa, I just wasn’t sure where. So imagine my surprise when I Googled it and found out there was an anthrax outbreak in hippos in Kruger Park at the time we were visiting there last November! But anthrax outbreaks in hippos are not uncommon, and not man induced. Since 1960 there have been 8 major anthrax outbreaks in KNP, Kruger National Park. For more information visit the SANParks media release or see the Nov. 5 2012 media report by the Examiner. I haven’t seen anything to suggest that hippos are endangered.
Rhinos. Will rhinos be gone from Kruger Park by 2020?. This IOL News Jan. 6 article by Simon Bloch and Ivor Powell reviews a journal publication by Dr Sam Ferreira, large mammal ecologist for SANParks at Kruger National Park. From previous posts you know that I am aware of the rhino poaching problem in southern Africa, more than 600 last year. Poaching rates have increased, 48% higher in Kruger Park in 2012 than 2011. The Western Black Rhinocerus subspecies, officially declared in 2011 to be extinct. The last known specimen of the Asian rhinocerus, killed in Viet Nam in 2010. Only 4 rhinos may still survive in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, alleged to be collateral damage from Chinese mining concessions and the influx of Asian immigrants in that country. Read about the poaching links to “The Crocodile” Emmerson Mnangagwa also referred to as “The Butcher of Matabeleland”. The architect of Zimbabwe’s state security and creator of Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Office – possible in line for president after Robert Mugabe. I stumbled across this article accidentally when I was looking for an update about pollution related Kruger Park crocodile deaths in 2010 and 2011 and thinking of anthrax killing off hippos – posts for another day. I post this here, hoping that the article will not be lost in the tsunami of daily news and that the data will not remain buried in scientific journals.