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#41 Peter Connan

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:51 AM

When one thinks of the rarest African animals, one invariable thinks of Pangolin, Honey Badger and Aardwolf, which, while undeniably are very seldom seen, are probably not actually all that rare.

I have been lucky with Honey badger numerous times, and I have even seen Pangolin (a whole family, in broad daylight and at touching distance), but there is another such animal of which I can find no mention on Safaritalk at all.

Until last weekend, this animal had eluded me, but on the 30th of January I took @xelas and his wife Zvezda to Rietvlei, and there, at last, I saw this:

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And while Bushpigs are not necessarily rare, their nocturnal habits, and the fact that they cause huge damage to crops (which in turn makes them heavily persecuted), means that they are very seldom seen.

So now it's just Aardwolf and @Tom Kellie's elusive Zorilla!
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Posted 10 February 2016 - 05:01 AM

@Peter Connan - I missed one by a few minutes in 2007 - still haven't seen one! 

 

High on my list - Aardvark and Bush Pig


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:13 AM

@Peter Connan

What a lovely sighting - and such cute babies.

(It is interesting to compare them to South American Tapir -  a similar shaped animal - and the babies have very similar markings - good camouflage in the bush)


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:13 AM

@Peter Connan

What a lovely sighting - and such cute babies.

(It is interesting to compare them to South American Tapir -  a similar shaped animal - and the babies have very similar markings - good camouflage in the bush)


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:15 AM

Great to see Bushpigs - and even greater to see them with piglets. Super pics, and glad to hear, you, @xelas  and @Zvezda  had a good time.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:34 AM

When one thinks of the rarest African animals, one invariable thinks of Pangolin, Honey Badger and Aardwolf, which, while undeniably are very seldom seen, are probably not actually all that rare.

I have been lucky with Honey badger numerous times, and I have even seen Pangolin (a whole family, in broad daylight and at touching distance), but there is another such animal of which I can find no mention on Safaritalk at all.

Until last weekend, this animal had eluded me, but on the 30th of January I took @xelas and his wife Zvezda to Rietvlei, and there, at last, I saw this:

And while Bushpigs are not necessarily rare, their nocturnal habits, and the fact that they cause huge damage to crops (which in turn makes them heavily persecuted), means that they are very seldom seen.

So now it's just Aardwolf and @Tom Kellie's elusive Zorilla!

 

~ @Peter Connan

 

Your photographs are TERRIFIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

So sharp and well composed.

 

The images are deeply impressive to me.

 

Thank you so much for sharing these on Safaritalk.

 

What a treat for @xelas and his wife!

 

BTW: As it happens, I spent about three minutes with an Aardwolf during a night game drive four days ago...

 

With Appreciation,

 

Tom K.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:31 PM

That's great @Tom Kellie!

Thanks @madaboutcheetah, @TonyQ and @michael-ibk.
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Posted 10 February 2016 - 05:19 PM

@Peter Connan so cool - great photos and the babies are adorable!  @Sangeeta and I were lucky to see one adult bush pig at Musekese but it was dusk and a 30-second sighting - no photos!


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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:49 AM

This wise guy jackal was enjoying himself harassing a mating pair of lions...he would zip in and see how close he could get to the happy couple when they were resting between pairings.  As soon as the male lion would flop down and the jackal would run over and taunt them.  All the male lion needed to do was slightly lift his head off the ground  and the jackal would sprint off...until the next round!  Fun and games in the Masai Mara.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 11:20 AM

~ @PT123

 

Looking at your very cool photograph takes me back to Masai Mara!

 

Excellent photography which brings to life the surprising animal interactions so often seen there.

 

Thanks!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 06:56 PM

@Peter Connan

 

I would never imagine a hairy pig would spark such an interest on Safaritalk! If one is noticed in my household, I am sent directly to bathroom to shave  :D !


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Posted 14 February 2016 - 05:54 PM

No hairy pigs shaving in MY bathroom @xelas!
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Posted 18 February 2016 - 08:15 PM

@Peter Connan So gosh darn cute, was the mother aware of you? 



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Posted 20 February 2016 - 11:51 PM

@Peter Connan, great family shot of yet another animal I didn't even know existed, all creatures great and small, great to see.
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Posted 21 February 2016 - 04:56 AM

Thank you @elefromoz and @PCNW.

The pigs must have been quite aware of us, as there were about 8 people babbling excitedly.
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Posted 16 March 2016 - 08:38 PM

Life is cruel, don't leave the safety of the migration. I sad with a lionpride on a Kopje in Moru - Serengeti march 2016, for several hours. They were well fed and resting.Part of the migration was a few hundreds meter away. Suddenly this crazy wildebeest came a long and thought - the grass is greener on the other side of the Kopje.image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpg image.jpeg

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:09 PM

~ @Africalover

 

What a spectacular series!

 

Your images effectively tell the full story, from start to finish.

 

Thank you for sharing these. It's easily one of the most dramatic posts I've seen.

 

Tom K.



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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:52 PM

@Africalover Fantastic, now, get cracking on the trip report... ;)


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Posted 17 March 2016 - 01:20 AM

@Africalover   Excellent series.


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Posted 17 March 2016 - 04:44 PM

No.5 is my favourite, but I would love to have taken just one of these. Any one.
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