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post #31 of 53 Old 01-08-2011, 01:39 AM
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All I know is the number of lions is in huge trouble!
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post #32 of 53 Old 01-08-2011, 01:43 AM
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YOU ARE SOOO SOOO SOO LUCKY!

I would give you one of my kidneys to go there and check out the culture. I love love love africa stuff. I collect sculptures of things and have bought a mud cloth purse that helps those that have aids there. I have an african themed bedroom =D
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post #33 of 53 Old 01-08-2011, 03:31 AM
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I'm not arguing with you since that is your country and you know its inhabitants but I do know that the wild dog is known as the painted dog.

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Lycaon pictus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The African Wild Dog is a medium-sized canid found only in Africa, especially in savannas and other lightly wooded areas. It is also called the Painted Dog,

Just so you understand where my knowledge comes from. No matter they are beautiful as is Africa. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful piece of your life! You are lucky!
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You may be right, but I just would like to point out that Wikipedia isn't the most reliable source because anyone can edit it. I could go on there and say that the sky is blue because God spilled a bucket of blue paint.

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I want to go to Africa :) I want to study the wildlife as I'm pretty sure there is the biggest diversity of wildlife there.
But it will probs be in 4-5 years after my uni course of conservation....
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post #35 of 53 Old 01-08-2011, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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mbender, the number of lions isn't critical yet, but you're right, they are dwindling... fast. They get caught in traps set for other animals, and instead of releasing them as they caught the wrong animal, poacher' kill them anyway. It's disgusting!

Also, more and more people are inhabiting their territory, often overgrazing the land with their cattle. This drives the lion's natural prey away, and in desperation for food the lion's hunt cattle, and once or twice even people! But this makes them a danger, and they are killed. It's not fair!

Gidget, thank you, I feel lucky :) I'm pleased you bought one of the "AIDS purses", I bought one too... my brother's room is decorated in the african style, it looks very nice :)

Arksly, thats what I was thinking, so I had my brother phone up the National Wildlife office, and they did add the name painted dog, but it's not always right

RedTree, that's great, and I think your right... we have over 1000 different species of bird, roughly over 60 species of insect, and a whole other bunch of species of wildlife and reptile, not to mention fish. That's great that you are studying conservation, that's what I'm going to study too, and if you do come over here, you never know, we might work together!!

Here's just a few random facts:

1. The hippo kills more people than any other animal in Africa.
2. The buffalo is the most dangerous animal in Africa.
3. A lion's roar can be heard 5 miles away.
4. Elephants communicate through a series of vibrations that humans can't sense, but elephants can sense them for over 2 miles.
5. Each species of vulture has a different purpose at a kill
6. If a cheetah cub dies, the mother will eat it, rather than let another animal eat it.
7. Leapards can drag a kill 3 times their body weight straight up a tree.
8. The black rhino is more aggresive than the white, but both will charge withut warning.
9. Never run from any charging animal, be it lion, elephant or rhino, stay very stil and make a lot of noise


Does anyone have any other questions about the videos, or about the facts I have above?

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post #36 of 53 Old 01-08-2011, 09:06 AM
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You know what your talking about Love. I do know that not only the cheetah eats their dead cubs but so does the leopard and lion.
Animals are my passion and I love when I learn something new.
Here's one I'm sure you know: a predator chasing after prey will stop the hunt if the animal turns around and faces them. But the outcome is inevitable.
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Yes that's true, it's a thing all big cats do... it's quite sad actually. You are very knowledgable about S.A mbender, it's very impressive.

You're right about the predator/prey thing, that's why lions are wary of buffalo, and only hunt them in the pride, rarely alone... buffalo are known to try attack them as they come near, and a hit from those horns could easily kill a lion :)

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post #38 of 53 Old 01-08-2011, 10:49 AM
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Very true Love. I've seen where the buffalo will come upon a cresh of lions (moms and babies) and go to kill the little ones. Sad but survival of the fittest! I also saw, a pride of lions attacking a buffalo calf and a croc also had a take on it but lost. The buffalo came back and chased the lions off it and it survived! It was amazing!
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It is very sad, but that's actually very rare, thank goodness. Buffalo will only try something like that on mother's and cubs, never the pride as a whole lol.

I saw that too, it's known as the Battle at Kruger, here's the vid:


This took place at a dam nearby the Shingwedzi camp, enjoy it

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post #40 of 53 Old 01-08-2011, 11:17 AM
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That is so captivating! I'm so happy for that calf. But again, the lions could of had a meal. I taped that program.
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