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Bruce Arnott

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Bruce grew up on a plot of farmland in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. He always had a passion for the bush and the outdoors, having been camping and fishing since he was a young boy. He attended school in the Natal midlands after ...

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Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Such an interesting post, Bruce. I didn’t know anything about this cactus before, so thanks for sharing your knowledge!

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

Also interesting, if I remember correctly, is that black rhino can happily eat this plant with no ill effects.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Jeff. You’re you’re right. They also eat other toxic plants such as Tamboti’s too with no ill effects. Thanks so much, Amy

Judy Hayden
Explorer

Very interesting. I never considered that a succulent would be so poisonous. So the fruit is not dangerous just the nectar within the plant itself, correct? The animals are smart enough to figure this out. That is amazing. A treat with possible death if eaten incorrectly. Thank you for this new knowledge.

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