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2015-07-31
Blue but cold and light


 Full moon on World Ranger Day

Today 31st July 2015 is the second full moon this month.

In recent years, people have been using the name Blue Moon for the second of two full moons in a single calendar month. An older definition of Blue Moon is that it’s the third of four full moons in a single season. Someday, you might see an actual blue-colored moon. The term once in a blue moon used to mean something rare.

Although it might be a fun phenomenon it also means that there might be increased evil activity as full moon is also called a Poachers moon. A full moon means hard work for rangers, as poachers make the best of the moon's light.

We have to guard our animals especially Ellies Lions and Rhino.

Rhino's are gentle creatures of habit allowing them to be tracked easily which often results in an appalling conclusion. These poachers are ruthless, sneaky, disgusting and pure evil. If the poachers are aware of a rhino drinking location, sometimes they will even poison a whole water hole which will kill anything that drinks from that source. The poison used is called 'Two Steps' as the poison is so potent the animal drops dead within 2 steps from the watering hole. There seems to be no remorse what-so-ever.

A very cold wind has been blowing during the night and temperatures run into minus this morning, -2 degrees Celsius. We found a Buffalo on the open plains at Tau gate he was not sure whether he wanted to move or just stand still. Yesterday we had two beautiful Kudu bulls that crossed the Rust de Winter road but the third, much younger one was a bit uneasy with all the traffic was startled and run back into the bush. Hopefully he eventually manage to cross the road and join the others.

Ranger Chantell spotted this Green Milkweed Locust yesterday.

Phymateus viridipes Stål, also known as the Green milkweed locust or African bush grasshopper, is an African locust in the family Pyrgomorphidae (Gaudy Grasshoppers). It is about 70 millimeters (2.8 in) long at maturity and capable of long migratory flights. Its body and fore-wings are green in colour while the hind-wings are bright red and blue, presenting a striking appearance in flight. The pronotum, or dorsal area immediately behind the head, is covered in spines or carbuncles which are often tipped with red. The nymphs or hoppers are bright yellow and black and highly gregarious, forming large groups during this growth stage and are more or less polyphagous.[1]

Sources :

http://theaustralianrhinoproject.org/index.php/news/blogs/59-poachers-moon

http://earthsky.org/space/when-is-the-next-blue-moon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phymateus_viridipes