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

Posted on Sun September 20, 2020.

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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Bird migration: Where do they go?

Posted on Sun August 23, 2020.

Birds have been making thousand-kilometre journeys for millenia but scientists are still puzzling over their unique ability to navigate the globe on a scale that is simply bewildering for such small creatures. Some species will even return to the exact same nest site year after year.

Besides their propensity for annual travel, there is very little that makes a migratory species different to their stay-at-home counterparts, yet migration has clearly become a very successful strategy for survival.
So, why do they do it? Guide Elly has the answers...

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Focus on Wildlife: 7 wild facts you may not know about leopards!

Posted on Tue August 4, 2020.

The leopard is undoubtedly one of the world's most iconic big cats and commonly on the bucket lists of first-time and veteran safari-goers alike.

I have a saying on safari - "A leopard chooses when it wants to be seen." In other words, they are the masters of disguise - if a leopard does not want to be spotted, it will make itself invisible!

Because of their elusive and highly secretive nature, they have become one of the golden tickets when it comes to safari. Here, I've rounded up some of my favourite facts about leopards and discussed each in a little more detail. I've also left my favourite fact to the very end, so make sure you keep reading!

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