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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 spent little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on The Moon Phases and What They Can Mean for the Animals

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I love your blogs Jess. You write beatifully. It is interesting to read that wild dogs and cheetah hunt at night. But then lion and leopard hunt in the day aswell.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Thank you, Marinda! Yes lions and leopards are opportunistic predators.

Adriel Souza
Explorer

interesting how nature itself helps to keep the balance fixed between animals

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Jess, what a wonderful blog – I saved the wildebeest in the moon🤗

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Thank you, Joan! It is a beautiful picture.

Cindy Hauert
Explorer

Lovely, thank you! I also do know that full moons are known as “poachers’ moons”, as the light is in favour of them. So I always worry about that. Londolozi has much better protection than many places, but sadly not 100%. And now with so much less tourist traffic, I worry, I worry…

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Absolutely beautiful photos

Interesting, thank you 🙂

Wynn Derr
Explorer

I love Jess’s writing style and would love to hear more from her. Beautiful story Jess!

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Thank you, Wynn!

Johanna Browne
Explorer

Very, very cool information. Thank you!

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful post! Thank you for all of these nocturnal insights!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Amazing post! I was fascinated when I learned about cheetahs hunting under the full moon in the Mara! They also regularly do this in the Kalahari too.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

I did not know about the cheetahs in Kalahari but thank you for informing me!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Great article Jess, I didn’t know Cheetahs or Hunting Dogs hunted at night, but suspect that they to are vulnerable at night to lions

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Beautifully written blog, coupled with great information about the hunting practices of predators during full moon cycles and why they may succeed, or not. Hadn’t thought about the white or light parts of lions/leopards in moonlight blowing their cover!! Take care.

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Jess! Good written! Very interesting! Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

What wonderful writing skills you have, Jess! Also your images are simply beautiful. I hope to see more of you on the blog! Be safe and healthy!

thank you so much for interesting information

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