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Paul Danckwerts

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Zambian-born, Paul grew up a fisherman, a birder and a lover of all things outdoors. Following his passion for wildlife he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Rhodes University before heading for the lowveld. Paul boasts a number of years guiding ...

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on Smith’s Bush Squirrels – Fascinating, Fidgety and Fun to Watch

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Squirrels are fascinating animals. Camping in Kruger they stole our baby potatoes and buried it under our tent. Getting up in the morning we could not understand how stones suddenly got in under the tent. Investigating what was going on, we found the potatoes. Camping in Kgalagadi we saw the ground squirrels with the fascinating behaviour of using their tails as an umbrella to protect them from the sun and heat in the desert.

That is amazing thanks Marinda! I would love to see the Kgalagadi squirrels using their tails as an umbrella.

Henry Smith
Guest contributor

Great post, paul – love those squirrels!

Irene Henkes
Explorer

Thank you Paul, very nice story. I like all animals and especially the little ones we don’t know enough about as foreigners…………….

Lachlan Fetterplace
Senior Digital Ranger

Very interesting details on their behaviour/ecology. I like these type of posts a lot. Thanks!

Thanks for your comment Lachlan! I have a few more like this in the pipeline so watch this space.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Really interesting reading Paul. Living in the Bay Area outside of San Francisco, we have a species of tree squirrels that are larger and their coats are more reddish/gray/brown. They love peanuts in the shell, as well as dried corn cobs and sunflower seeds. Do I feed them? No comment!! Their predators are the local raptors or the too fast vehicle in the neighborhood. I saw many of these little guys during my days at Londolozi and found their behavior amusing and predictable.

Happy Holidays!!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Always love watching these little guys!

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks Paul, the small creatures, like these are a joy to watch when the game viewing is nil, so look forward to another small animal on your blog!

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Amazing images Paul!

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