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 #28 – FORK TAILED DRONGO

Overview

Welcome to the 28th edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the Fork Tailed Drongo. The Fork Tailed Drongo is one of Shakati’s most active birds which adorn our piece of heaven. The Fork Tailed Drongo is the bird that cries wolf, but more about that later 😊 The Fork Tailed Drongo is described in Roberts 7th edition number under number 541.

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BUSH FACTS #27 – ARROW MARKED BABBLER

Overview

Welcome to the 27th edition of Shalati’s Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the Arrow Marked Babbler. The Arrow Marked Babbler is one of our more vocal residents on Shakati Private Game Reserve.

 

Name

Arrow Marked Babbler (23)

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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