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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 Fresh Hope: A New Ostrich Nest

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Fantastic news. Interesting information Pete.

Chelsea Allard
Senior Digital Ranger

Such exciting news! Hopefully the 2020 chicks fare better than last years. 🤞🏼

Maxine Thomson
Explorer

Fingers crossed for the safe hatching of the chicks! Great photos!😄

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Pete, just curious, How would the Ostrich better protect their babies in the future. In your experience do they learn from the loss or will they keep repeating the same patterns each time

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Hi Andrew and Daniel,

I’m afraid my ostrich experience is too limited to answer this accurately. I can say though, that as smaller birds have been shown to learn through experiences (particularly surrounding experiments involving food that is tasty and food that is distasteful) I am almost certain that Ostriches would pick up small bits of useful experience. Maybe recognising threats earlier and chasing them away from a nest? We’ll have to see…

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

fingers crossed

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Fantastic news! Prayers for the chicks’ survival!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Pete, loved all the photos, especially the one with ostrich sitting on the nest🤗

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Thanks Joan!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Really interesting Pete! I always felt so sorry for the first poor female Ostrich. She looked so lonely to me in pics and kept coming up to the people in the Landrovers for company! May this year’s babies grow up into Adults and be safe from the many predators there are on Londolozi! Wendy M

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

A great story, the story of your ostriches. I hope they will be successful again this year.

Barbi Evenson
Digital Ranger

What an amazing photo of the ostrich and water buffaloes. Truly a priceless shot! Hoping to see some hatching’s

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Good news for the ostrich community! I remember the lone female well – so glad the “family” continues to grow!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great news! This time let’s hope at least 50%of the chicks survive!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

That is amazing news! I love the shot of the Buffalo staring at the Ostrich and that it was cheeky enough to chase them away!

Carly M
Explorer

Wow that’s so exciting!! I can’t wait to hear what happens! Fingers crossed these babies will make it, and will boost the ostrich population!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Incredible news!!

Francesca Doria
Explorer

Hi Pete I love ostrich they look so funny but are fierce and powerful birds indeed. What a bad luck with chicks in spite of their parents efforts… I wish them well and keep my fingers crossed for the chicks to come!

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

Hope a lot of them will survive! we have not seen the ostriches on our last 2 visits to Londolozi, so am glad they are still there. Victoria

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Any way of knowing if the original female ostrich is still around Pete?

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

When the sub-adults were not fully mature it was a lot easier to tell! We think she is, based on the number of ostriches that we see.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Great news Pete! We will keep our fingers crossed for another set of those cute little hatchlings!

Linda Mansell
Explorer

I love the photo of the herd of buffalo staring at the ostrich …. brave bird.

Pauli Bakker
Digital Ranger

Let’s hope the ostrich chicks survive to adulthood this year…very difficult for them with so many predators in the area..lovely sighting….an amazing bird!…..thanks James…. I’m hoping for a positive outcome…..

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

That was an amazing find Pete. Funny how they just appeared out of nowhere, but seems they have decided to linger at Londolozi. I would imagine that the chicks are easy prey, which is sad really. At least some have survived if the numbers of ostrich have increased. Thanks for sharing with us. Be well and safe all of you.

Cally Staniland
Explorer

Super news Pete! Let’s hope you have a hand full of ‘stumps’ very soon 😊💕🙏

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

Ostrich breeding behaviour was heartwarming and very enlightening.Incubation duties being shared too was a joy to see.Powerful images

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

l think young ostrich mortality to a large extent hinges on exposure and vulnerability to predation.since they seemingly have a very low survival rate maybe that explains the huge cluster of eggs exhibited.Secondly do they have slow growth can this perhaps inhibit their success

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