Klaserie Sands Blog

5 animals we LOVE that we only see in Summer

Posted by Elly on Fri December 18, 2020 in Wildlife.

Although there are many things to love about a winter safari, there are some truly special creatures that only make an appearance during the warm and wet summer months.

In this week's blog article, Elly tells us about some of her favourite summertime sightings so that you can keep an eye out for them on your next safari!

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The Leopard orchid and its interconnectedness with the world around it

Posted by Elly on Fri November 27, 2020 in Environment.

Very often, we consider the relationships that animals share with each other but do not credit plants for the important role they play in their broader ecosystem.

The Leopard orchid is a plant that shares numerous special relationships with other organisms in its environment, making it a wonderful example of the interconnectedness of the natural world.

As a favourite of our guides, and a flower that we are lucky to spot on our walking trails, we asked asked Elly to tell us a bit more about this ecologically fascinating flower.

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An historical moment to protect the future: Klaserie Sands digs deep for rhino conservation

Posted by Elly on Sun September 20, 2020 in Conservation.

Last year, our team and our guests had the unique opportunity to take part in two dehorning operations alongside wildlife veterinarians, pilots and key members of the reserve’s conservation and management teams.

The following is Elly's recount of the incredible, hands-on experience in which the team got up-close-and-personal with one of the Klaserie's most iconic and threatened animals.

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Everything you need to know about rhinos

Posted on Sat September 19, 2020.

As one of the famous 'Big Five', rhinos commonly feature on a safari goer's wish-list. However, these prehistoric giants are becoming harder and harder to find with each passing year.

Having wandered the plains of Africa for millenia, rhinos are now experiencing a dramatic decline in numbers like never before.

Here, guide Elly explains how to tell the difference between black and white rhinos, why they are so endangered and what you can do to help save this iconic species.

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5 examples of animals helping each other that you might not have heard of

Posted on Tue September 1, 2020.

For me, one of the most interesting things in nature is symbiosis - two separate organisms that have adapted to each other and are now benefiting each other. They're working together and this is known as mutualism, it's a win-win situation.

The first example that comes to mind is often the oxpecker and the rhino, but have you heard about the warthog and the mongoose? Or perhaps the ant and the Acacia tree?

There are many other mutualistic relationships occuring in nature that you may not have heard of before. This week, Elly unearths some of the fascinating ways animals and plants are joining forces.

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