Counting Critters

It took this giraffe 20 minutes to get into drinking position.

It took this giraffe 20 minutes to get into drinking position.

One of our activities at CCF is helping with monthly waterhole counts. A waterhole count consists of sitting really quietly for 12 hours in a hide/blind (a tiny structure with a long skinny window) and counting how many of each kind of animal comes to drink. Four waterholes are counted each month at CCF’s Bellebeno Camp, where captive cheetahs that might be released in the wild get to practice their hunting skills. These counts give CCF an idea of which game species (potential cheetah food) and predator species (potential cheetah competition) are living there and roughly how big the populations are. These are some of the friends we met at our last two counts.

Adult oryx

Adult oryx

Warthog family

Warthog family

warthog.butts

Male eland

Male eland, reminds me of a mythical creature.

Eland looks down the road

Eland heads down the road

five zebras

Jackals drinking

Jackals drinking

Jackals playing

Jackals playing

Springbok with a salt lick

Springbok with a salt lick

Baboon yawning

Alpha male baboon yawning

One of these does not belong...

One of these does not belong…

Mama and baby giraffe running

Mama and baby giraffe running

Adult male kudu

Adult male kudu

This is just a sampling of some of our local neighbors. There are many more nearby. This week we went on a nighttime animal count and saw an African wild cat and an aardvark!

-Chris and Jenna

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6 thoughts on “Counting Critters

  1. lonna

    how utterly thrilling for you to see all these amazing creatures. so many sights you will never forget. love to you and all your wild friends. lonna

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  2. dee and steve

    These are worthy pictures for National Geographic! It is hard to imagine being so close to so many amazing and wild animals. We love your stories and pictures.
    dee and steve

    Reply
  3. gregory kulbacki

    yes, i agree with steve and denise…national geographic photographers have nothing
    on you two…and by the way, it took me about an hour and a half to get into a drinking position
    last week…but i won’t give you the details…just to say it had something to do with my back.
    and i love the photo with the caption..one of these is not like the others…
    i hope that between the two of you, there are lyrics/melodies coming out of all of this…
    hope all is well…is there a winter season there? i noticed in a photo one wearing a hooded
    jacket!!
    love,
    (uncle) greg

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