It’s possible that fewer otters have been seen at Londolozi over the last 10 years than pangolins! And we hardly ever see pangolins…
So the recent sighting that one Londolozi ranger and two returning Londolozi rangers had was simply unbelievable.
Ranger Kevin Power takes us through what happened:
We almost didn’t go out on that particular morning as it was raining and pretty cold, but Andrea Campbell and Garrett Fitzpatrick – two former Londolozi Rangers – were visiting for the night so we decided to brave the weather. Deciding to head into the north of the reserve, we were coming down towards the causeway across the Sand River when we saw something small running towards. “Otter!”, was the simultaneous shout from all of us!
Together we had a collective 15 years at Londolozi, and this was the first Otter any of us had seen here. Needless to say, we were thrilled.
The otter looked like it wanted to go after some Egyptian Geese goslings that were bobbing in a large hippo pool with their parents, but the 20-plus hippos were quite a deterrent.
It disappeared into the reeds for a short while, and by the time it returned, all the Geese were up on the causeway.”
What happened next can be seen in the video below:
“The most incredible thing for us was the way in which one of the adult geese (it looked like the mother) was pretending to be injured to make the otter come after here, which bought time for the goslings to make an escape.
A couple of minutes was all it took for the goslings to hid themselves in the thick reeds, and by that time the otter had given up trying to catch the big geese.
It put on one more show for us by harassing a small crocodile halfway across the river before it disappeared donwnstream.
After Andrea had spent many hours in the Sand River putting up camera traps to try and catch an otter during her time here (she never got a photo of one), she of all people deserved a sighting like this…”
Filmed by former Londolozi Ranger Garrett Fitzpatrick.