Lining up 4 Giraffe day
Although one degree warmer than yesterday at minus one, still Freezing cold again this morning .
Even with only a few animals on the roads early morning some idiot managed to add to the road kill statistics on the Rust de Winter Road
We found the deadless body of a Black-backed Jackal at 6:36am this morning.
Please drive slowly and always be on the lookout for animals they can come out of the bush faster than the speed of light. Especially with the rutting season still in full swing Impala rams chasing ewe's or other male Impala are running across all roads at any time. Just last week an Impala was killed by a commuter through the reserve on the Rust de Winter road.
Please brake for our wildlife! Slow down Curb Roadkill!
SAVING LIVES ON THE ROAD
Anyone who drives can attest to the loss of animal lives caused by vehicles. Below are some roadkill avoidance tips.
Read through the following – it may help save a life.
Birds: Many birds cannot rise fast enough to evade an oncoming car unless they fly directly ahead of the car, using the air current it pushes to provide extra lift. If you brake too abruptly for a bird flying straight ahead of you, you may take away the push he needs and send him crashing into your windshield. Lift your foot off the gas and slow down gently, gradually, until the bird rises above your car or peels away to one side.
Turtles: In spring, so many turtles are hit by cars as they migrate between breeding ponds that many species have become regionally endangered. If you’re near wetlands and see a rounded lump in the road, assume it’s a turtle until you know otherwise.
Snakes: Cold-blooded snakes will warm themselves on pavement in late summer, but they often can’t move away quickly when a car approaches. If you see a straight object that looks like a stick in the road, assume it’s a snake until you know it isn’t.
Frogs: In wet weather, if you’re near a pond or ditch and it’s not yet cold weather, you’ll likely be seeing frogs. They’ll freeze in your headlights, so don’t expect them to move. Slow down and try to drive around them.
All Species: It’s easier and safer to anticipate animals in the road than it is to miss them once they’re in front of you. Watch for sudden movement in roadside grass and shrubbery. Remember that most lines in the wood are vertical – if you see something horizontal, it may be an animal.
Help spread conservation awareness !
Giraffe lining up for fathersday and World Giraffe Day on Sunday, photographed by our Ranger Chantell Greyling on Aardvark Drive, which is the access road to Sambane. Thank you for your beautiful photo's Chantell.
Giraffe quenching its thirst at the Sambane waterhole, photo credit : Chantell Greyling