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A Tall Order

The giraffe, an animal so unique to Africa, is silently going extinct. Many of us have been blissfully unaware of the dire predicament in which these ungainly beasts find themselves.

Often, when we ask our guests which animals they’re most hoping to see, we hear the usual ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo) and then, almost always, this is followed by the giraffe.

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Raising Boys

Out of all the animals in the animal kingdom, there are very few that fascinate me as much as the leopard. Their secretive nature, elusive behaviour and tremendous adaptability has resulted in many gaps in scientific literature. They have the uncanny ability to continually surprise the observer.

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Stuck in a rut

The Impala Aepyceros melampus
The month of April has brought with it the impala rutting season. It is the time of year, signalled by the shorter days and longer nights of Autumn, where we see the adult male impalas being completely intolerant of one another, especially in the presence of females in oestrus.

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Lord of the Skies

For centuries, humans have dreamed of flight and all of us have, at some time in our lives, looked up at the birds in the sky and wished to have their amazing abilities. There is one bird in particular found here at MalaMala Game Reserve, that captures the hearts and minds of all who look upon it. It awakens the deepest-seated awe and envy with every graceful flap of its wings. This bird is no ordinary bird; it is the undisputed Lord of the skies. The mighty Martial Eagle.

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Research on MalaMala

Over the many years since our inception, Mala Mala Game Reserve has been the focal point of several documentaries and research studies. Indeed there are currently two studies being carried out on the reserve, one of which is being done by Panthera, a charitable organization devoted to preserving big cats and their ecosystems around the globe. In this article, we'll touch on their motivation for this study which focuses on leopards.

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6 of the best over 6 weeks

Driving back to MalaMala Game Reserve after two weeks on leave, rangers can expect to get the tingle of excitement just as they descend the Schoemanskloof pass into the Lowveld of Mpumalanga. It is around this time that the thoughts and wishes start, like for a child who knows that Christmas is coming.

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Foam nest frogs

Days of overcast and wet conditions on MalaMala Game Reserve have now given way to clear blue skies. The wind has died down and the smell of rain has faded like a distant memory. It almost feels like we’ve entered into a calmer world but any sense of emptiness is an illusion.

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When a giant falls

Elephants can live up to 60 years, consuming about 200 kilograms of food everyday. But when they die a massive nutrient recycling process is unleashed. Even after death an elephant plays a pivotal roll within its ecosystem.

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An in-camp wildlife experience: Weavers

Birds. They’re some our planet’s finest builders, nature’s architects and engineers, crafting homes of spectacular design in every corner of the earth. Some are elegantly simple, others are surprisingly complex.