Carlisle on Conservation
Crested Barbet feeding on termites and other sightings
July 22, 2015
I’ve seen amazing congregations of birds at termite eruptions over the years, feeding on termites as they repair their mounds but this was the first time that I had the privilege of viewing a crested barbet dining on a termite mound.
The constant source of protein made the barbet quite focussed, to the point where it allowed us to approach without changing its behaviour. He reminded me of a teenage schoolboy feasting in a fast food restaurant, just eat and
World-class viewing of wild dog’s at &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve
July 20, 2015
Probably the most exciting thing about going to the bush is the constant element of surprise!
During my last visit to &Beyond’s Ngala Safari Lodge and Ngala Tented Camp, we had the privilege of viewing the wild dog pack that is currently denning in the reserve.
As with all game drives in the bush, the journey is as important as the destination. We saw a massive elephant bull slowly following a breeding herd of elephants, within 200m of the wild
Wildlife security starts with simple communication and ends with sophisticated radio telemetry
July 1, 2015
Securing Africa’s Wildlife is a really challenging and multi-faceted activity. Security starts with regulations, laws and, in turn, their applications. The next, and most important, layer is the type of information provided to the network. This layer includes the formal systems of the national security as well as information provided by local networks, which help to create an overall picture. The strength and commitment of the state institution is also the cornerstone for these protection initiatives and needs a really
The Rhino flight is cancelled. Talk about a bad day!
May 29, 2015
We were all set to go, all the was planning done, all the permits were in place, all the staff, equipment and vets were prepared and I was exhausted. It was Friday afternoon and we were driving home to White River from Johannesburg. Traffic wasn’t too bad and I had my mom and older sister in the car. We stopped to buy a bite to eat at the highway filling station and restaurant. It was then that I received the
Elephant and another of life’s lessons
May 18, 2015
We were sitting quietly at the waterhole at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve recently, waiting for something to come down to the water. This activity (or lack thereof) is always rewarding and, sure enough, after 15 minutes of watching the Pied Kingfishers look for their lunch, a big elephant bull emerged and made his way to the water’s edge to drink. As he strolled up, his mate appeared on the scene and sidled up to him for good, long drink.