Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report


First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Pamushana

January 2013 - Pamushana, Zimbabwe

It’s the month of kidnappably cute impala lambs, wildebeest calves and zebra foals, migrant birds and shrill woodland kingfisher calls, white foam frog nests, mud-puddling butterflies and the real inventors of the wheel – dung beetles. But first a word about the weather. Last month I was lamenting the lack of rain and the near-drought situation we were facing, but as you’ll see from the following photographs, that changed – literally overnight. The first image of the rhino was taken on the 1st of January, and the second, in almost the same place, was on the 2nd of January. We’ve had more rain in this month than for the entire year of 2012. The dams are brimming, a couple have overflowed, and one has even broken part of its retainer wall. This catfish slid over the edge of a dam wall and could end up populating a water source further downstream. The vegetation is dense and it is a time of plenty for all, and, although wildlife viewing is more challenging due to the thick cover, the bird viewing is unsurpassed and there are many fascinating sightings in store.


Temperatures

  • Average Minimum:22°C (72°F)
  • Average Maximum:31°C (88°F)
  • Minimum Recorded:18°C (64°F)
  • Maximum Recorded:37°C (99°F)

Rainfall

  • For the period:266 mm (10 in)
  • For the year to date:266 mm (10 in)

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