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Monday, 18-Jun-2007 16:58 Email | Share | | Bookmark
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Baby elephant
Blue Wildebeest
Burning Fire Breaks
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Sunday, 17-Jun-2007 17:08 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Lots of different jobs

Hi everyone

I have been doing all sorts of jobs here at Tshukudu and have now been promoted to toast maker!

On Monday I went to the Sussens’s farm in the Drakensburg Mountains to burn fire breaks. It was very hard work but we had a great sense of achievement when it was done.

The other morning I was walking to ‘work’ and heard a noise in the bush. I assumed it was a bird, then I realized it was a big cat, then I realized it was a cheetah, and finally I realized it was our tame wild cheetah Savannah.

On Thursday I went with Aunty Ala (the owner) to the Coach House (a 5 star hotel near Tzaneen). She played bridge and I went for a very nice massage and swim.

Today is my day off and I spent 3 hours in a hide overlooking a dam. I saw Waterbuck (including a small one), Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, Crocodile, Warthog, Slender Mongoose, Black backed Jackal and lots of birds including Jameson’s Fire finches (a lovely pink coloured bird)

Unfortunately it is not long now till I return to England.

Take care, or as they say here, go well my friends

Lesley


Tuesday, 5-Jun-2007 17:15 Email | Share | | Bookmark
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Savannah
King Cheetah
Choba
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Sunday, 3-Jun-2007 17:05 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Lots of trying not to run!

Hi Everyone

I am having a lovely time at Tshukudu (means rhino).

I have been on drives in the bush, and a morning walk with a 14 month old lion cub called Choba. She is big but still has the look of a kitten (photos soon I promise).

I had a lovely birthday yesterday with my friends from Daktari coming for a surprise visit. We all had morning tea and cake and I showed them our cheetahs which are in the breeding programme. We even have one female King Cheetah. It is a recessive gene that produces this stripy coloration and there are only about 60 pairs left in the wild.

Savannah the tame but wild cheetah came for a visit on my first day and on my birthday. I fed her water from my hand. She then decided to join us around the fire for dinner and even sat on a chair at the table of her own accord.

On Friday I went to fix fences and was chased by lions when we drove through their enclosure. They were nowhere to be seen when we went back the second time.

It was also one of the guest’s birthdays yesterday and we did surprise sundown snacks in the bush for her. On the way there the ranger and I surprised 2 rhino and one thought about charging us, but stopped when we started the engine. Then while we were setting up the table by the dam the hippo decided to do a mock charge. It is all very exciting.

Today I went in the cheetah enclosure to collect the left over bones (to give to the vultures). The cheetahs watched us but did not threaten us.

This evening I did snacks at a different dam but there was no excitement tonight.

I think I will have a day off on Tuesday and will then be able to go on safari drives and walk again.

Take care, I am!

Lesley


Thursday, 31-May-2007 10:21 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tshukudu Game Lodge

Hi everyone

I am now at Tshukudu. It is very nice here and I am not far from Daktari.

Last night I went on a game drive and we saw buffalo and porcupines. There is a cheetah which comes to join us on the stoop (patio), and a lion cub who is 14 months old who came with us for our morning walk at 6.30am.

There is also a King cheetah in a fenced in area. There are only about 100 of these left in wild. It is a recessive gene which 'creates' this cheetah, they are not a different species.

On of the girls who I was in Karongwe with me is also working here and will be here for the next week and a half which is nice.

I will be doing all sorts of work here including running the bar and fixing fences.

More details another time

Lesley


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