Most predators might be elusive and troublesome to seek out, however you solely should look in the fitting place on the proper time to get a glimpse of the predators of Zululand.
Listed below are just a few tricks to get you began:
African Wild Canines are diurnal hunters, and run lengthy distances to catch their prey. They’re most energetic in the course of the early hours of the day and late within the afternoon when the bush is good and funky. Search for them whereas they’re on the hunt and also you would possibly get fortunate, however it does imply that you’ll have to get up further early!
Cheetahs, like Wild Canines, are additionally daytime hunters and like to be energetic when temperatures are cooler. They do, nonetheless, spend plenty of time resting to preserve their power as their brief, excessive pace sprinting could be very exhausting. Search for them mendacity flat on the bottom beneath the shade of some timber on scorching days.
Leopards are nocturnal animals and use their stealth to hunt their prey. This makes them much more troublesome to see, like many predators of Zululand. They’re typically shy and really effectively camouflaged. They do, nonetheless, prefer to climb and can usually pull their kills up a tree to maintain it away from scavengers. Make sure to look out (and up) for these elusive cats, as they could be hiding within the timber. To extend your possibilities even additional, go on an evening drive, the place you would possibly see one on the prowl.
African Wild Canines, Cheetahs and Leopards are three of the precedence species and predators of Zululand that Wildlife ACT screens annually. Be part of our Endangered and Precedence Species Monitoring programme if you’re inquisitive about becoming a member of us within the discipline.
Textual content and pictures by Wildlife ACT Precedence Species Displays on iMfolozi, Chris du Toit and Gareth Robinson