Our friend Denis Murphy found this ‘jewel’ in a Mexican newspaper recently:
Bored Royal Air Force pilots stationed on the Falklands Islands have devised what they consider a marvellous new game. Noting that the local penguins are fascinated by airplanes, the pilots search out a beach where the birds are gathered and fly slowly along it at water’s edge.
Perhaps 10,000 penguins turn their heads in unison watching the planes go by, and when the pilots turn around and fly back the birds turn their heads in the opposite direction, like spectators at a slow motion tennis match. Then, the paper reports, the pilots fly out to sea and directly to the penguin colony and over fly it. Heads go up, up, up, and ten thousand penguins fall over gently onto their backs.
The rare and only African Penguin, (formerly known as the Jackass Penguin is now under protection in South Africa, where several colonies can be seen near Cape Town. We visited them in November ’04 and found them to be doing extremely well.
Our cute and fluffy little African caracal kittens have turned into handsome teens overnight it seems!
They are large for their age and still growing at this time. To give them more room to romp we have constructed a new nature like home for them. They love to play hide and seek around the logs and have mega naps in the warm afternoon sun.
“Mum” Brandy has returned to be with her “Tom” who was really happy to see her back.
The latest Bongo baby born to the Conservancy’s herd was a healthy little female born in November.
She has now been ‘adopted‘ and her foster parents named her Kathryn.
Still nursed by her mother, little Kathryn is growing fast under the watchful eye of the Orphanage staff.
Soon it will be time for Kathryn to be introduced to the herd by her mother.
Meanwhile the very generous adoption donation will help Kathryn and her family on the way back to the wilderness.
George, one of the orphaned Vervet monkeys has graduated! He was successfully released near a wild colony of vervets just in time for Christmas, accompanied by a young female ‘friend’.
Left behind were George’s two ‘wives’.
Previously rescued from an unsuitable captive environment, they are now thriving with shiny coats and no longer in panic.
Recently they have produced George’s progeny, almost simultaneously. Both are good mothers and will eventually be released near George’s new