The conquerers

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk It appears that the Gowrie male lion coalition now has full control over the entire northern half of MalaMala Game Reserve. During the last year they’ve successfully ousted the Clarendon males, out-competed the Manyeleti males and out-intimidated the Avoca males, whilst keeping the mighty Mantimahle males at bay. But do they […]

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An in-camp wildlife experience: Weavers

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk Birds. They’re some our planet’s finest builders, nature’s architects and engineers, crafting homes of spectacular design in every corner of the earth. Some are elegantly simple, others are surprisingly complex. From nature’s most mundane materials, birds weave wonders that share a universal purpose: to keep their inhabitants and their young safe. […]

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The “Elephant Compression” debate

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk | Photographs: Theo York and Morne Coetzer In our last blog on elephants we mentioned the pivotal role they play in facilitating ecological processes. But what happens when we suspect an overpopulation of these ‘industrial landscapers’? – The “Elephant compression” debate heats up. Here at MalaMala Game Reserve, this topic normally comes […]

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