Category Archives: Fauna and Flora

Shakati Private Game Reserve is blessed with a variety of Fauna and Flora. Flora is the plant life occurring in a particular region or time, generally the naturally occurring or indigenous—native plant life. Flora, fauna and other forms of life such as fungi are collectively referred to as biota. Sometimes bacteria and fungi are also referred to as flora. Fauna is all of the animal life of any particular region or time. Zoologists and palaeontologists use fauna to refer to a typical collection of animals found in a specific time or place

BUSH FACTS #25 – PEARL SPOTTED OWLET

Overview

Welcome to the 25th edition of Shalati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be looking at the Pearl Spotted Owlet. There is resident breeding pairs on Shakati, and is regularly seen in the tress. This article contains some interesting facts about this owl.

 

Name

Pearl - Spotted Owlet (6)

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BUSH FACTS #23 – COQUI FRANCOLIN

Overview

Welcome to the 23rd edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the Coqui Francolin. If you stand still for long enough in the bush, you will see the bush come alive. And if you are really lucky, you will see the elusive Coqui Francolin.

Name

Coqui Francolin (11)

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BUSH FACTS #22 – AFRICAN GREY HORNBILL

Overview

Welcome to the 22nd edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the African Grey Hornbill. Its distinctive call makes the bush seems alive with sound, and thus makes it one of the most sought after birds at Shakati Private Game Reserve. The African Grey Hornbill is a very frequent visitor to Shakati.

You can usually hear the African Grey Hornbill by its piping pee-o pee-o pee-o call.

 

Name

African Grey Hornbill (19)

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BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA

BFE logoInclusion in Birdlife South Africa

It is with great pride that we announce that Shakati has been included into Birdlife South Africa’s birder friendly establishments.

Shakati is now visible on the Birder Friendly Establishment website.

http://birdlife.org.za/gobirding/birder-friendly-establishments/item/386#shakati-private-game-reserve

This means that Shakati has been recognised in its efforts into Birdlife Conservation

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Birdlife South Africa

http://www.birdlife.org.za/

“The vision of BirdLife South Africa is to see a country and region where nature and people live in greater harmony, more equitably and sustainably. BirdLife South Africa’s mission is to strive to conserve birds, their habitats and biodiversity through scientifically-based programmes, through supporting the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources and through encouraging people to enjoy and value nature.  BirdLife South Africa is a registered non-profit and public benefit environmental organization and produces its own birds and birdwatching magazine, African Birdlife.”

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BUSH FACTS #21 – BIRDING HOTSPOTS

Overview

Welcome to the 21st edition of Shakati Bush facts. In this special edition we will be sharing exciting news, and share where are the most popular birding sites on Shakati.

 

Inclusion in Birdlife South Africa

BFE logo

It is with great pride that we announce that Shakati has been included into Birdlife South Africa’s birder friendly establishments.

Shakati is now visible on the Birder Friendly Establishment website.

http://birdlife.org.za/gobirding/birder-friendly-establishments/item/386#shakati-private-game-reserve

This means that Shakati has been recognized in its efforts into Birdlife Conservation

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SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #11 – SHAKATI FIVE

Overview

Welcome to the eleventh edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this special edition, we will be introducing you to the Shakati 5. The Shakati 5 was created to represent the Bio Diversity of Shakati and represents different areas of our fauna and Flora.

We all know the Big, Small, Little and Ugly five, but the Shakati 5 gives a unique perspective, as it provides a view of all the natural wonders found on Shakati

The Shakati 5 includes:

  • Grey Hornbill – Representing the Avian category
  • Bat Eared Fox – Representing the Animal Kingdom
  • Dung Beetle – Representing the Critters of the Field
  • Monkey Apple – Representing the flora (also called monkey orange)
  • Bush – Representing the Habitat

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SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #10 – UGLY FIVE

Overview

Welcome to the tenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the ugly five. In the first article in this series, we looked at the little five, in second article; we will focus on the shy five. In this, the third and last article in this series focuses on the Ugly five.

The “Ugly” five includes the hyena, wildebeest, vulture, warthog and the marabou stork. In reality this list was created, as a fun list as there is not “ugly” animals as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, thus have fun in spotting these majestic and interesting looking animals. Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #10 – UGLY FIVE

Fish List

The following Fish are found on Shakati for the avid fisherman

Common names Scientific names
Common mountain catfish Amphilius uranoscopus
African mottled eel Anguilla bengalensis labiata
Longfin eel Anguilla mossambica
Johnston’s topminnow Aplocheilichthys johnstoni
Broadstriped barb Barbus annectens
Hyphen barb Barbus bifrenatus
Shortfin barb Barbus brevipinnis
Orangefin barb Barbus eutaenia
Straightfin barb Barbus paludinosus
Beira barb Barbus radiatus
Threespot barb Barbus trimaculatus
Longbeard barb Barbus unitaeniatus
Bowstripe barb Barbus viviparus
Canary Kurper Chetia flaviventris
Sawfin rock catlet Chiloglanis paratus
Shortspine suckermouth Chiloglanis pretoriae
Sharptooth catfish Clarias gariepinus
Redeye labeo Labeo cylindricus
Leaden labeo Labeo molybdinus
Rednose labeo Labeo rosae
Silver labeo Labeo ruddi
Largescale yellowfish Labeobarbus marequensis
Bulldog Marcusenius macrolepidotus
River sardine Mesobola brevianalis
Silver robber Micralestes acutidens
Mozambique tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus
Churchill Petrocephalus wesselsi
Southern mouthbrooder Pseudocrenilabrus philander
Silver catfish Schilbe intermedius
Brown squeaker Synodontis zambezensis
Redbreast tilapia Tilapia rendalli
Banded tilapia Tilapia sparrmanii

SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #8 – THE LITTLE FIVE

Overview

Welcome to the eighth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the little five. This is the first article of a 3 part series, which covers: the little five, the shy five and finally the ugly five.

South Africa have a rich biodiversity and one of the big attractions is the Big Five (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino). However, these animals are not the only attraction to the Bush, as there are many more interesting critters in the veld.

The Little five consist of Elephant Shrew, Buffalo Weaver, Leopard Tortoise, Antlion and Rhino Beetle. Each of these magnificent critters shares their name with one of the Big Five, and has similar trademarks. Thus, when you go on a game drive or stay at the lodge watch out for these remarkable critters. Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #8 – THE LITTLE FIVE