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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Things that (don't) go BUMP in the night.

I've just returned from a great trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. I always love going there but this time was particularly special since I got to set up some cameras at various sites not accessible to the public (thanks Jan!). I'll post a few images of those sites in due course but, for today, some images from our camping site.

The campsite was unfenced so there was a good chance that lions would wander through - as they often do. So I set up a few cameras in the hope of getting some shots of these beasts bumping into my tent!
Well, it never happened. The big cats came pretty close one night but not close enough for a photo - and maybe that's a good thing.

But we weren't entirely alone:
 A Cape Fox (Vulpes charma). I know foxes are considered to be vermin in some parts but around here seeing one is a treat. These guys seldom get habituated to humans so generally behave as foxes should: pretty furtive and secretive.

A Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas). They're not nearly as cute, in my opinion, as the Cape Fox. Known for their cunning and wariness their nocturnal calls are a feature of the African night.

..and lastly....

A Brown Hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea). It's always a treat to see these guys too. They're pretty solitary and nocturnal and, unlike their Spotted relatives, never very vocal. Even though they can weigh over 40kg and are pretty capable of ripping up carrion there is nothing too scary about them. They're welcome to bump into my tent any time!


  1. Great pics, and great to think they were walking around your camp! The cameras are a wonderful idea.... Looking forward to hearing more about the rest of your trip.

  2. Beautiful fox. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.

  3. Incredible!

    Hyaenas are fascinating critters.....

    Incredible that you had them so close to your tent.

  4. Hyaenas are fascinating, and much maligned! Gus Mills has spent years researching them in this area and has recently written a book "Hyena Nights & Kalahari Days" which is a great read if you are interested in learning more about both the Spotted and Brown hyaenas.