Maquette of the Aulacephalodon which is a dinosaur found in this area of the Karoo

Dinosaur of the Karoo

Aulacephalodon (All-a-KEF-a-LOW-don) was a relatively large plant-eating (herbivorous) dicynodont that lived during the late Permian 254 million years ago. Like most other dicynodonts, Aulacephalodon had a beak for biting, grinding and cutting plants. The animals also had a pair of prominent tusks, possibly for digging, sexual display and defence. The larger, and therefore older specimens have…

Ranger Sightings July 2016

Excellent game viewing this month of July,the cold and dry periods are forcing the animals to move further away from the northern part of the reserve.Moving into areas of the reserve where there is favourable grazing grass.Some of the small water holes are bone dry.The morning and evenings are chilly but the normal day temperature…

Kudu Pot Pie & Red Wine

Karoo Kitchen – Kudu Pot Pie

Winter in Karoo sees the opportunity to settle down in front of a big log fire, enjoy  delicious venison and sip red wine.  Here is one of our favourites at Samara – Kudu Pot Pie. KUDU POT PIE Ingredients: 1 kg kudu stewing meat, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper 1 tsp juniper…

Fina grooming her younger brother

You’ve Got a Friend In Me

Unfortunately, one of our females on the River Bend Mob disappeared recently and as a result left behind her 5 month old infant. This could spell disaster for one so young but thankfully the little one has a big sister to look after her. We have been very happy to see Fina step up to…

The River Bend Mob and the River Side Troop square off during an Inter Troop Encounter

Battle cry

Probably one of the most dramatic events we see on a regular basis in the field is the inter-troop encounter. The vervets move around their home ranges all day, and on occasion, they bump into one of their neighboring groups at the edge of their territory. Although these encounters are sometimes fairly tame, they often…

Raje: One male who left and has not been seen again

Males go walkabout

We have noticed recently that our vervet monkey males have started to go walk about. Quite often now one or two males are missing from our groups for anything from a couple of hours to a week or so. It is most likely these males are off exploring new opportunities. Checking out the neighboring groups…

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Keeping good relationships

For us humans we tend to maintain our social relationships with friends and family by meeting up with them, having fun together and chatting a lot. But our vervet monkeys also live together in big groups and need to keep up their social relationships. How do they do this? One answer is grooming. Whenever there…

Timmy during his big adventure into his new group

Which is my troop?

The mating season is underway and every monkeys hormones are altered. Males are spending many hours following females to prevent other males from mating with them. We see many male and female monkey pairs walking around the bush but not always the same pairs on different days. Males also migrate between groups to attempt to…