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Dean de la Rey

Alumni Ranger

Dean was a guide at Londolozi from 2018 to 2022. He grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember ...

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on What Happens When the World’s Biggest Bird Gets Thirsty?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I have never seen an Ostritch drinking water either. We mostly see them in the plains, and in Kgalagadi in the dry rivers. We saw them around the waterholes, but did not notice them drinking. Or maybe we did not expect them to. They are fascinating birds to watch.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

That is fascinating . Ihave never s’en an ostrich drink, wondered if they were a bit like giraffes! Thanks for the clarification. Maybe we will see a ostrich in January. Victoria

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Finally got over the surprise that Ostrich’s lived in Southern Africa and certainly appreciate any and all information about them in Londolozi. I read the exciting news about the nest find of 7-8 eggs as well and know a keen eye is kept on it by the staff. Has the male turned up to do his share of nest duty? The many and unique ways nature keeps it’s body cool is incredible. Interesting blog, Dean!

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

How fascinating! Nature is amazing, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing the pics and information, Dean!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Looking forward to reading more about the ostriches, I must admit they are among my favourite subjects

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Truly unusual!!!

Kristin Boggs

So interesting! I learned something new today, thank you!

Karen Hart
Senior Digital Ranger

Wonderful article full of new information for me. Thanks.

Sandee Bailey
Guest contributor

We were lucky to get to see the male’s fancy mating colors when out with Bennett and Peter in May — never thought of Ostrich as attractive before. Exciting about the eggs!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dean, wonderful story, I have never seen an ostrich drink, not even at the zoo.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fascinating information about ostriches, facts that I didn’t know such as the color changes in the males while looking to impress a potential mate. Thanks for including the photos to illustrate your points.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Terrific shots of the scooping motion. We had no idea how they drank and this really helps tell the story!


Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Fascinating info and lovely to see them running around in the wild. Thanks Dean – hope the 8 eggs all survive and hatch successfully.

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

Dean, is this the famous female ostrich that was by herself for a long time? Or a different female?

James Tyrrell

Same female, Michael!

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

Awesome! The unlikeliest of characters that has captured so many people! Thanks James!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

One of Africa’s hardiest birds for sure!!

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