The challenge Cheecky brought to mind my visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch and the very horny tortoises I saw there. Tortoises reach sexual maturity between the ages of 12 and 20 and usually mate from spring to fall, mostly during the summer. Male tortoises have glands that release secretions that can potentially attract a mate. Males also bob their head and make grunting or hissing sounds … Continue reading WPC: Cheecky tortoises
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When I was young having a pet meant you had a dog, cat or maybe a goose. I have never actually thought of getting myself a chicken as a pet but seeing the joy my nephews pet chickens give them I am definitely rethinking my definition of a pet. Each chicken has a name and the little ones immediately head over to catch and even … Continue reading The Joy of having a Pet Chicken!!
This weekend I learned that you can do more than just wine-tasting at Spier Wine Farm here in Stellenbosch, South-Africa. Spier Wine Farm has a huge Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. They have a huge selection of owls, hawks, buzzards, kites and falcons that you can inspect close up and maybe even get to touch. Here at Spier they provide rehabilitation, release, conservation, education and … Continue reading Eagle and Owl Encounter at Spier Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre
I can now officially say that I have fallen in love with the beautiful Welsh countryside!! I love the green rolling hills and valleys that cover this lush green countryside. Little inquisitive sheep dotted across the fields and the pebble covered coastline. I spent a week visiting my friends in Wales and ended up feeling like I had my own local tour guides for this … Continue reading Late Summer stroll along the Welsh Coast around the Village of Aberffraw
Visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding during our China odyssey was definitely an amazing experience. The Chengdu Panda Base, founded in 1987, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. By 2008, it had 124 panda births, and the captive panda population has grown … Continue reading Getting up close to Giant Pandas and introduced to red pandas!!
The Chilean National Zoo in Santiago is located at the foot of San Cristóbal Hill in what is known as the Santiago Metropolitan Park. It was just around the corner from my hostel and a great way to spend a lazy Sunday morning. The zoo is quite small but is home to thousands of animals covering up to 158 native and exotic species. I caught the funicular half way … Continue reading Seeing live Condors was the highlight of visiting Santiago Zoo
My friend and her husband took me to Blaauwboschbank Private Nature Reserve, their family farm for the weekend. This small Nature reserve is in the Freestate, South-Africa and only 126 hectares big but a lovely place. The farm is what they call typical freestate “vlakte” with open grass fields where all the animals graze. The most surprising part of the weekend was finding out that … Continue reading Trying to touch a small Tame Springbok.
The Cango Wildlife Ranch is a wildlife ranch 3 km north of the town of Oudtshoorn in South Africa and about a. hour and half drive from Knysna. My brother and I drove from Knysna through the Outeniqua mountains to visit this ranch. We were quite surprised at the temperature difference as it was a lovely 26 degrees in Knysna and a boiling 37 degrees in Oudtshoorn. We read that … Continue reading White Tigers and mating tortoises at the Cango Wildlife Ranch
This weeks Photo Challenge is home and I immediately think of South-Africa when the word Home is mentioned!! I am currently visiting family and got to see some South African wildlife again this week. The little Meerkats are very social, living in colonies averaging 20–30 members and are always found close to their Home!! There’s always one or more Meerkats stand sentry while others are foraging or playing, to … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Home