Everyone thinks about South Africa in two ways, a nation recovering from racial apartheid or a long lasting image of Mandela and what he stood for. I am not here for the people per say, but for the amazing animals and creatures that reside In this country. I unlike most other biologists, do not go on a safari. I have taken two South African park rangers to help me set up camp. My camp lies a mile and a half away from Lanner gorge. My location is precise because I could be eaten by a saltwater crocodile if I am to close to the gorge. Different kinds of hornbills and baboons are near my camp, I even saw a mongoose or two. The national park is loud with noise but a different noise. The noise that is without destruction of which humans create. My camp is set up and I’m right to work working and examining different animals I was examining. I continued to read on some of the impala’s and antelopes. Back at my college we we’re studying the anatomy of these animals and how they behave. a good way to see this is when they are under attack or alarmed. When lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, etc attack them they are quick to panic.
I must venture out a few miles to find a herd, which means while I am sleeping I’m safe, for no predators have prey around here. Night sets on the camp and I soon drift to sleep. I am awaken by a lizard like thing outside my tent. A monitor lizard is licking my tent and making quite a wreck. Although these animals are not venomous like the komodo dragon, a bite from this lizard can leave me with a terrible infection. So I busted out my best growling noise as to hint I was a predator. Originally it didn’t work but after a couple of tries the lizard scurried off. The sounds of loud baboons and bird wars alerts me that it is morning. I get up and prepare my self a mini breakfast. When I arrive to Lanner gorge it seemed to be crocodile hour. crocodiles we’re plenty and have seemed to recover from the outbreak of pantsteatitis. I also spot a couple of antelopes and a lioness in the meadows of the grass waiting to pounce. My binoculars give me a close enough view of the lioness striking unfortunately for the lion family, the antelope escaped. hunting a big and fast animal that reacts to the littlest of alert must be a tiring and frustrating hunt. I follow the antelope as it runs almost four miles away from where it was attacked.