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Govt Seeks New Avenues to Fight Rhino Poaching

  1. 1. Govt Seeks New Avenues to Fight Rhino PoachingBird Hunting In South AfricaGovt Seeks New Avenues to Fight Rhino PoachingBird Hunting In South AfricaallAfrica: African news and information for a global audience. … South Africa has lost a total of262 rhinos to illegal killings since the beginning of this year and 173 individuals have beenarrested in connection with rhino poaching. Targeted …Big 5 safaris in South AfricaArticle by Mark JohnsonBig 5 safaris in South Africa are a must-do for anyone fascinated by wildlife. Big 5 refers tobuffalo, elephant, ion, leopard and rhino – the term comes from the animals considered mostdangerous to hunt. Now the thrill comes from photographing them in their natural habitat.If you’re looking for a Big 5 safari experience in South Africa you can go to almost any provincein South Africa, but the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces remainsan iconic tourism drawcard. has a range of hotels, guesthouses, gamelodges, bed and breakfasts and self catering accommodations to suit any budget. All ouraccommodation is available to book online.The Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – abound in the park, and you see them byself-drive, guided drives or guided walks through the bushveld. But remember, you are not inthe middle of a National Geographic documentary. You may well see all Big 5, you may well not,although your chances are high. Drive slowly, stop at waterholes, listen for the warning calls ofbirds, watch when other vehicles stop, and always keep your eyes open.Prepare to be awed. To see a leopard dozing in the bough of a tree, spotting a black rhinohalf-hidden in thick shrubs, finding a pride of lions in the shade after a kill, or watching a largeherd of elephants or Cape buffalo move soundlessly across the road – these are all pricelessmoments.Always remember that you’re dealing with wild animals, and that you’re in their territory. Thereare rules of engagement relating to Big 5 safaris in South Africa. Read your guidebook carefullyand heed the words of your ranger at all times.Accommodations for Big 5 safaris are either within the Kruger National Park or on theneighbouring private reserves. Some lodges pride themselves on showing the Big 5 to guests inrecord time, and you’ll even walk away with a certificate. has a range ofhotels, guesthouses, game lodges, bed and breakfasts and self catering accommodations tosuit any budget. All our accommodation is available to book online. 1/6
  2. 2. About the AuthorMark Johnson is a press relase officer of BookMyRoomsa.Use and distribution of this article is subject to our Publisher Guidelineswhereby the original author’s information and copyright must be included.Dove shooting South “Shooting Breaks” Dove Bird Argentina Duck goose HuntingPheasant “Big Game” “Boar Shooting” Shooting Gun Firearm “South Africa” Field “plainsGame” “Dove Shooting Holidays” GSP “Free State” fishing Ratting dog Terriers patterdale“ratting dogs” ferreting nets rabbits rabbiting “Argentina Dove shooting” Times “ShootingAgency” Sports “Vermin control” Woodpigeon “Pheasant Shooting” Grouse “partridgeshooting” Fox Deer “fox Hunting” Riffle Quail “Hunting Agency” Bloemfontein UK “SportingAgent”Bird Hunting In South AfricaBird Hunting In South Africa question by Sky’s_the_limit: I need some honest opinions,please?Hi,I wrote this science report for school caIled “Big Cats”, covering lions, tigers, and mountainlions. I am homeschooled and don’t get graded, so I was wondering if you guys could read itand give me you honest opinions + grade my work.(FYI I’m in 9th grade). Thanks!P.S. I had pictures and cool font in my report which didn’t show up on here, so the format maylook a little funny, just so u know):Big CatsThe Lion: The lion king Lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. A pride can have up to three males, adozen or so lionesses (female lions), and their young. Usually the female cubs stay with thepride after they become adults, but the males will eventually leave to make a pride of their ownby taking over the group of another male.The lions within a pride are a close-knit family. The only cats that are social, the lions are veryaffectionate, often licking, head rubbing, and pawing each other. The males defend the pride’s territory, which is often as big as 100 square miles ofgrasslands, scrub, or open woodlands. They mark the boundaries of their realm with urine, and 2/6
  3. 3. roar menacingly to chase off any intruders that are brave enough to trespass on their turf. Lions hunt only when they’re hungry. Animals that are usually prey for the lions seem to sensewhen they are there to kill and, when they’re not, will even ignore the lions, wandering close tothem.The females are the pride’s primary hunters. Though they will hunt alone if the opportunityarises, they often use teamwork because some of the animals they prey on (antelope, zebras,wildebeests, elephants, etc) are usually faster, and sometimes bigger, then they are. Hunting is an organized event. During the dry season when water is scarce, the lionesses willlie by the waterhole and wait for prey to come to drink, then launch an attack.Though the head male lion usually takes little or no part in the hunt, he always takesprecedence at the kill, dragging the prey to a chosen spot, then gorging himself before thefemales and cubs are permitted to eat. Though lions used to be found all throughout Africa, they are now found only in the southSahara Desert and some parts of southern and eastern Africa. Historically in addition to Africa,lions were found from Greece through the Middle East to northern India.The lion population has also decreased. It has been reduced by half since the 1950s, leavingfewer than 21,000 lions living wild in all of Africa. The Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in India containsapproximately 200 lions. Interesting Facts:·Head and body length (tail included)- approx. 9 ft.·Weight- anywhere from 300 to 600 pounds, males being bigger then females.·Height: approx. 4 ft (males.) Females are smaller.·Lifespan: Usually anywhere from 13-20 years, sometimes up to 24.·Reproduction: After a gestation period of 15-17 weeks, females give birth to up to 6 cubs,usually 3-4.·Diet: Carnivorous (wildebeests, giraffe, antelope, wild pigs, zebras, elephants, any other hoofedanimal. Sometimes they will prey on smaller animals like birds, hares, and even reptiles.)·Top Speed: 50 mph over short distances·Longest leap: 36 ft.·Distance over which a roar can be heard: 5 miles; both males and females roar.·The Tiger: The eye of the tiger The tiger is the largest member of the cat family, measuring in anywhere from 4 to 9.2 feetlong. The male Siberian tiger, the biggest subspecies, can weigh anywhere from 400 to 675pounds. The Sumatran tiger, the smallest living subspecies, averages 220 to 310 pounds. Thefemales of all subspecies are always smaller than males. They are, on average, 3.5 feet tall atthe shoulder. 3/6
  4. 4. Tigers basically live solitary lives, except during mating season and when females bear young.They are usually fiercely territorial, leaving their scent around their large home ranges to warnothers to stay away from their turf. There are nine breeds of tigers: Bengal, Siberian, Indochinese, South Chinese, Sumatran,Malayan, Caspian, Javan and Bali. Of these, the last three are extinct and the rest areendangered.Historically, tigers could be found from Turkey through South and Southeast Asia, to the fareastern shores of the continent. Now, however, the tigers are only found in South andSoutheast Asia, China, and the Russian Far East.Although in the early 1900s there were over 100,000 tigers living throughout their range, nowthere is only between four and five thousand existing in the wild. Tigers occupy a wide variety of habitat, from tropical forests, evergreen forests, woodlands andmangrove swamps, to grasslands and rocky country. They are mostly nocturnal, meaning theyare more active at night, and are stalk-and-ambush predators that rely on the camouflage theirblack stripes provide. Tigers attack by using their immense body weight to their advantage,launching themselves on top of prey and forcing it to the ground. They kill with bites to the napeand neck.Unlike most cats, tigers are very good swimmers and fond of water. They have even beenknown to kill prey while swimming. Tigers are carnivores, and will prey on deer, water buffalo, and antelope. They have also beenknown to attack dogs, sloth bears, crocodiles, pythons, and leopards, as well as monkeys andhares.Of all the big cats, tigers are the ones most often though of as “man-eaters”. But in reality,tigers rarely attack humans, and the ones that do are usually very old or injured and are unableto catch other prey.Like Jim Corbett, author of the book Man Eaters Kumaon, said, “A man-eating tiger is a tigerthat has been compelled, through stress of circumstances beyond its control, to adopt a dietalien to it. The stress of circumstances is, in nine cases out of ten, wounds, and in the tenthcase, old age.” A female tiger usually has three to four cubs per litter. Cubs follow their mother out of the denat around 8 weeks and become independent at about 18 months of age. Mothers are careful toguard their young from wandering males that may kill the cubs to make the female receptive tomating.The cubs stay with their mother for two or three years before leaving to begin lives of their own.The Mountain Lion: The lion sleeps tonight… The Mountain lion, also called cougar, panther, and puma, is a large predator that’s at the topof the food chain. Adult mountain lions can weigh anywhere from 80 to 230 pounds, depending 4/6
  5. 5. on they’re location. They are usually 2 to 3 feet in height and 6 to 8 feet in length from theirnose to the dark tip at the end of their tail.Young lions, called kittens or cubs, have spots that fade before they’re a year old. While lionswill breed at any time of the year, most litters (anywhere from 1-5 cubs; usually 3-4)) are born inlate spring and summer. At one or two years of age, the kittens start becoming independent oftheir mother. Though cougars are normally solitary creatures, young mountain lions may travelwith their littermates for months before completely going off on their own. Semi-territorial, mountain lions mark out their turf by making “scrapes” along the boundarylines. A scrape is a 4-6” mound of dirt and leaves pulled together where the cat relieves itself toleave its scent. The scrape is a signal to other mountain lions, telling them that this territory isalready occupied and should be avoided. A male’s territory can be anywhere from 50 to 200square miles; a female’s territory is usually closer to 50 square miles.Mountain lions are believed to live in the western United States, Florida, Canada, Mexico, andboth Central and South America. (See map bellow): Mountain lions are most active at dusk and dawn, but it’s still not unusual for them to travel atanytime of the day or night. Lions have a special adaptation for seeing at night and are easilyblinded when caught in a flashlight beam or a passing vehicle’s headlights.These cats are also unique among other predators because when hunting, they often take downprey many times their own size. It is not unusual for a 140-pound lion to take on and kill a400-pound elk. A lion hunts by silently stalking their unsuspecting prey, then ambushing it frombehind and killing it with ferocious bites to the neck. When attacking a very large animal, the lionmay reach around the neck and pull its head back, thrusting hard enough to break its neck. The mountain lion is carnivorous. Its diet consists mostly of white-tailed deer, moose, andcaribou. They also eat smaller animals like squirrels, mice, muskrats, voles, skunks, raccoons,beavers, birds, fish, and even coyotes. Occasionally a mountain lion will turn to domesticanimals for a source of food. Mountain lions are well known for one specific sound that they make: a shrill, piercing,terrifying cry that is often described as “like a woman screaming.”The cats also communicate with growls, hisses, purrs and bird-like whistles, which are probablyused by a mother and her cubs for distinguishing location and communicating instructions. Mountain lions usually live to be anywhere from 12-18 years old, but can live up to 20 yearsold.Bird Hunting In South Africa best answer:Answer by Stunt_GemThat sucks…{More| Even more} {information| info| details| data} {about| regarding| concerning| pertaining to|relating to} this {document| paper| record| report} {and| as well as| and also} {other| additional|some other} South African {topics| subjects| themes| subject matters} {via| through| by means 5/6
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