Entries by Gert Kruger

Baboons

There are five different species of Baboons, the most common in Southern Africa being the Chacma Baboon or Cape Baboon. It is one of the largest of all monkeys. They have a large range of social behaviours, including a dominance hierarchy, collective foraging, adoption of young by females, and friendship pairings. Baboons do not have […]

The Shongololo

The Shongololo is the largest species of Millipede known as The Giant African Millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas). It native to Africa and the word “Shongololo is created from the isiZulu and Xhosa word “ukushonga”, which means “to roll up”. The Giant African Millipede or Shongololo is a herbivore that enjoys dining on decaying plant material. Millipedes […]

Galagos of Africa

There are numerous species of Galagos but we will only be focusing on the Lesser Bushbaby and Thick-Tailed bushbaby today, both of which are closely related to lemurs. The lesser Bushbaby is the smallest of the two (about the size of a rat) and is best known while the Thich-Tailed Bushbaby is the size of […]

Call Of Summer – Woodland Kingfisher

In the Bushveld, the Woodland Kingfisher’s call is known to be the call of summer, as it is one of the first birds that migrate. Their call is unmistakable, it begins with a loud high note that is flowed by trills until it weakens away. The Woodland Kingfisher is a stunning bird with bright blue […]

Can You Dig It? – The Aardvark

The word Aardvark comes from Afrikaans and directly translates to “earth pig”; one look at this creature and you would understand why. Upon closer inspection you will notice that the Aardvark looks like a rabbit-pig-kangaroo hybrid, am I right? However, the Aardvark is not related to any of these animals, not even Anteaters, despite sharing […]

Wold’s Most Trafficked Mammal – The Pangolin

The Basics World Pangolin Day is on every third Saturday of February. There are only 8 pangolin species, 4 are in Africa and the rest are in Asia. Pangolins consume an average of 70 million ants per year! They are the only mammals that are covered in scales. Their scales are 20 percent of their […]

Green Death – The Boomslang

The word “Boomslang” is the direct translation from the Afrikaans language, which literally means Tree Snake. A truly innovative name. Boomslangs are extremely agile and capable of climbing trees and gliding through the tree branches when hunting. During the colder weather, they will brumate (similar to hibernation) for moderate periods inside the enclosed bird’s nests. They have […]

Why The Dung Beetle Should Be Your Spirit Animal

They aren’t picky – It is a known fact that Dung Beetles eat and live in poop. Enough said. They are good parents- Dung beetles are one of the few groups of insects that display parental care for their young. Mostly the mother fills the parent role but with the Copris and Ontophagusdung beetles, the […]

The Bubble Cow

The Hippo is the most dangerous animal in Africa. Moody Hippos are responsible for the death of 2,900 people annually in Africa. Less than 1 person per year is killed by a shark in Florida! The common Hippo is the third largest animal in Africa. Elephants being the first and Rhinos come in the second […]