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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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I love your blogs Jess. Trees are my favourites. The sausage trees are flowering all over town. I do think that the hippos know what is best for their skin, that is why they eat the fruit. Our potato bush started flowering in the garden for the first time since I have planted it. It is wonderful to get the “bush” smell when the sun start going down.

Jess, i never knew a tree could be so useful🤩

Jess, Thank you for pointing out one of the most needed parts of sustaining life. Trees are life around the world and do so much more than people realize

What unusual trees and what priceless gifts they bring to stabilize wildlife as the dry season cycles forward. Jess you did a marvelous job of writing and the pictures were interesting as well. Good job!

Really interesting Jess, well written and very informative. We’ll try to watch more carefully on our next trip there to appreciate the interrelationships you described.

Love this post!!! My favourite tree out of these is probably the sausage tree, some friends and I camped under one in the Okavango and a lot of birds visited it including cardinal woodpecker, a meyer’s parrot and African morning doves! And the flowers are exquisite!

Beautifully written and such an informative blog today. I had no idea how much the sausage tree offers to the herbivores and omnivores in its production of flowers, eventually leading to the recognizable “sausage “. Trees are beautiful and essential- earth would be naked without them

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Jess, loved this blog and just remembering how much you taught us about the trees at Londolozi. Thank you.

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Super article, very well written

Your blogs are always interesting and informative and insightful. You are obviously in tune with the natural world and see the whole picture. Your sensitivity and knowledge have my respect.

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