News and highlights from the African Animal keepers Diaries
Our dedicated staff of African animal keepers continue to delight our visitors with their real life anecdotes of the animals in their care.
Whenever possible they will keep diaries listing special events in the lives of their varied charges, funny episodes and all noteworthy incidents.
Here, Peter Fundi, Wildlife Officer, contributes excerpts form the keepers diaries.
Our animal keepers were astounded when overseas visitors told them how American celebrities had adopted African babies.
Why not adopt our animals in need, they wondered. “We will look after them for you until they can fend for themselves and then you will always have “your own special wild animal” out there, born free, as they should be!
Some of our most recent adoptions included:
One of our female ostrich has developed a fondness for big cameras James reports.
Whenever a large lens is pointed her way she immediately responds to the attention. She dances and “displays” until the lens is lowered.
This behavior is normally only observed as a part of the ostrich’s mating behavior, or in an attempt to take the attention away to safeguard the location of her nest.
Could it be she wants to be discovered and video recorded as the “Diva” of the savannah?
A Pile of (WHAT?)…
Our two colossal Rhinos play their part as honorary “Gardeners of Eden!”
With no formal “toilet training,” these huge prehistoric animals deposit their waste neatly onto the same pile each day.
This is most convenient for the animal keepers who in turn transport the precious matter to a special area for composting.
Rhino manure is said to be the best manure nature provides.
While the manure is drying, all sorts of “good” insects feast on it and in turn become themselves prized nourishment for the larger birds living on the conservancy. They are a source of food for the smaller wild predators found there like serval or genet cats, or providing eggs for the wild primates
Once the manure is ready it is spread on our flowerbeds to keep the orphanage surrounds beautiful and supply nectar for our resident sunbirds, and seeds for the guinea fowl and countless other colorful birds.
They, in turn will spread the seeds in their droppings, and voilá, the circle is complete when “Big Mama” the Rhino grazes out on the ranch enjoying product of her own link in the food chain. (No e-coli here!!!)