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Day 2: Quick Catch Up

Hey everyone, Well some good news and some bad news. We have confirmed visual sightings of all four snakes! The transmitters are all working well (thank you Victor Hugo – they are awesome), and most of the snakes tried to avoid us – always a good sign! Chelsea is still being a lady of leisure – except […]

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Day 1: Snake release

Today is the day! The sun is shining, the wind is still and our snakes have been charging themselves in the sunlight as though they had solar panels. In addition to our release crew today we had three guests who wanted to come along and experience the buzz. That’s the joy about Umkhumbi Lodge, you […]

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Day -1 : Surgery

Ok, here we are, we have snakes and we have transmitters. Now with months and weeks and days of planning all behind us it is surgery day. The penultimate day, the day when we find out which of our snakes are strong enough for the implantation of the transmitters.   So, the breakdown; Forest Cobra […]

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Snake call out – Baby Puff Adder

Here at Umkhumbi Lodge we often get calls from our neighbours to rescue them from snakes, sometimes they are highly venomous and other times are a simple case of mistaken identity.     In this particular instance our neighbour was right to call us as the little slitherer was a baby puff adder. Even when very […]

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What Forest Cobra project?

In the previous post I mentioned a Forest Cobra project, so here is a bit more information to explain what I meant. There are always concerns about re-releasing snakes after capturing them. Many people believe that the snake will return and seek out human populated areas, whilst others believe that the snake will become disorientated […]

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Impala – Aepyceros melampus

Impala comes from the Zulu word meaning Gazelle. There are thought to be approximately two million impala across Africa. Their abundance is attributed to their extraordinary skills of adaptation. Unlike most ungulates Impala have developed the ability to become either grazers or browsers dependent on the availability of food and they also have an amazing ability […]

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Bella the Impala

Here at Umkhumbi Lodge you are likely to see Bella wandering around the rooms munching away at the grass. Bella is our hand-reared Impala. Bella cannot have been more than a couple of weeks old when she was brought to us. Unfortunately Bella’s mother was attacked by a predator and young Bella was found nearby […]

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Bella the Impala

Here at Umkhumbi Lodge you are likely to see Bella wandering around the rooms munching away at the grass. Bella is our hand-reared Impala. Bella cannot have been more than a couple of weeks old when she was brought to us. Unfortunately Bella’s mother was attacked by a predator and young Bella was found nearby […]

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