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Welcome to the 24th edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the Greater Kudu. These are the majestic warriors of the bush, and have the ability to melt away into the bush.



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Welcome to the fifteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be sharing with you a special find which we have made on the Shakati Private Game Reserve, namely the Ground Pangolin! We are quite excited to share this find with you!

Ground Pangolin

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Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing some of the interesting facts around the fascinating and secluded place called: Shakati Private Game Reserve. Shakati  Private Game Reservehas abundant wildlife, plants, trees, insects and other creepy crawlies.

In this article we will focus on the Porcupine, and will share some of the interesting facts around this animal

Article by Johan Fourie, Photographs by Jane and Steen Damgaard and Anonymous

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Bat Eared Fox

When you are extremely lucky you may see the bat eared foxes on Shakati. I spotted these curious and teddy bear like creatures very early on a game drive. Just shows you how the bush may always surprise you.

English Afrikaans Latin
Bay Eared Fox Bakoorvos, Bakoorjakkals, Draaijakkals Otocyon megalotis
Length: 55-75 cm

Ears Length: 13 cm

Height at shoulder 35 cm

Weight: 3 -5 kg

Large Bat like ears

slender black legs and a black sharp-pointed muzzle

Coat is silver-gray, and longish with a grizzled appearance. The tail is long and bushy, black on top and near the tip.

Termites and dung beetles, other prey items include insects, millipedes and centipedes, scorpions, spiders, fruits, eggs, snakes, lizards, frogs, occasional small mammals, birds and soft tubers and roots, ants, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, millipedes, moths, scorpions, spiders, and rarely birds, small mammals, reptiles, and fungi

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Article and Photographs by Johan Fourie

Wildlife List

List of common mammals at Shakati

English Name Afrikaans Name Danish Name Latin Name
Bush Baby Nagapie Alm. galago Galago senegalensis
Vervet Monkey Blouaap Grøn marekat Chlorocebus pygerythrus
Chacma Baboon Kaapse Bobbejaan Kappebavian Papio hamadryas
Burchell’s Zebra Zebra Alm. zebra Equus burchellii
Southern Giraffe Kameelperd Giraf Giraffa camelopardalis
Cape Eland Eland Elsdyrsantilope / Eland Tragelaphus oryx
Greater Kudu Koedoe Stor kudu Tragelaphus strepsoceros
Nyala Nyala Nyala Tragelaphus angasi
Red Hartebeest Rooi Hartebees Rød kongoni /rød ko-antilope Alcelaphus buselapus caama
Reedbuck Rietbok Alm. Rørbuk Kobus ellpsiprymnus
Blue Wildebeest Blou Wildebees Oksegnu Connochaetes taurinus
Impala Impala Impala Aepycearos melampys
Common/Grey Duiker Duiker Alm. Dykker / Grå dykkerantilope Sylvicapra grimmia
Steinbuck Steenbok Springbuk Raphicerus campestris
Warthog Vlakvark Vortesvin Phacochoerus africanus
Black backed Jackal Jakkals Skabaraksjakal Canis mesomelas
Aardwolf Aardwolf Jordulv Proteles cristatus
Bat Eared Fox Bakoorvos, bakoorjakkals, draaijakkals Ørehund Otocyon megalotis
Honey Badger Ratel Honninggrævling Mellivora capensis
African Civet Afrikaanse siwet Afrikansk Zibetkat / Civet Civettictis civetta
Leopard Luiperd Leopard Panthera pardus
Aardvark Aardvark Jordsvin Orycteropus afer
Brown Hyena Bruinhiëna Brun hyæne Hyeana brunnea
Porcupine Ystervark Sydligt afrikansk Hulepindsvin Hystrix africaeausralis
Caracal/Lynx Rooikat Karakal / Ørken los (lidt gammelt navn) Caracal caracal
Small-spotted Genet Muskeljaatkat Genette/europæisk genette / småplette genette Genetta genetta
African Wildcat Vaalboskat Afrikansk vildkat Felis silvestris cafra
Ground Squirrel Waaierstertgrondeekhoring Kap børsteegern Xerus inaurus
Tree Squirrel (Smith’s Bush Squirrel) Boomeekhoring Paraxerus cepapi
Spring Hare Springhaas Springhare Pedetes cafer
Scrub hare Kolhaas Lepus saxatilis
Yellow Mongoose Witkwas muishond Rævemangust Cynictis penicillata
Dwarf Mongoose Dwergmuishond Dværgmangust Helogale parvula
Banded Mongoose Gebande Muishond Zebramangust Mungos mungo
Slender Mongoose Swartkwasmuishond, rooimuishond Slankmangust Galerella sanguinea
Water Mongoose Kommetjiegatmuishond Sumpmangust Atilax paludinosus
Cape Clawless Otter Graototter Afrikansk fingerodder Aonyx capensis
Crocodile Krokodil Nilkrokodille Crocodylus niloticus
Hippopotamus Seekoei Flodhest Hippopotamus amphibius