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Pete Thorpe

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Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown up in the Middle East, Pete’s home-away-from-home has always been a bungalow in the Greater Kruger National Park, where his family had ...

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on Decoding Animals’ Alarm Calls at Londolozi

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Interesting information Pete. When driving in the bush we always try to listen to the sounds around us. We have found leopards and lions just listening to alarm calls and watching the behaviour of the animals. We have found that Impala sometimes alarm and after waiting and watching we realized it was us that they were alarming at.

Joan Schmiidt
Senior Digital Ranger

Pete, great story about alarm calling – I have seen it happen at Londolozi many times.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Very interesting! The stotting of the impala was an amazing sight! He was definitely in great shape. Thanks for sharing!

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

Incredibly descriptive blog post that all should read. The sounds of the bush are just as fascinating as are the sights and smells.

Do impalas alarm call in presence of hyenas?

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Hi Gabriele,

We have seen impala alarming at hyena, yes. However, most often impala will just keep an eye on hyena as they move past.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great information Pete relating to some of the sounds heard during game drives, yet not knowing what they mean. Now we’ve been given the tools to identify an alarm call, indicating a predator is somewhere in the vicinity. Next step- a trip to put these skills to use!!

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Pete, Thanks for reminder. It’s always interesting listen with the trackers. It’s nice that we all get a little warning that there is excitement nearby!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Very interesting read! Lots of people do say that vervets are a good animal to listen for in terms of alarm calls

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