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Guy Brunskill

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Guy worked as a ranger for Londolozi from 2017 until the end of 2021. He grew up in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. From a young age he visited the bush each holiday. It was during these early years that his passion and interest was ...

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Nice interesting article. Thanks!

Loved this blog Guy. An interesting read.

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Fascinating, Africa is always full of surprises

Very interesting about the Genets … handsome animal…pollination …. very important topic for balanced eco system. I never heard of them before …thanks for the post….appreciate reading every day if my work day does not interfere!

How fascinating! I knew nothing of these little animals, their habits or effects on the ecosystem. And what a tail! Like the leopard, I assume their very long tail helps with balance when climbing a tree. Nor was I aware that most meat eating animals were unable to taste sweetness. You have done a great job, Guy. My thanks!

Guy, I saved white tipped🤗 I saved the genet🤗

Fascinating animal. It takes everyone of the different species to make this all work. Thanks for highlighting the Genet

Interesting read and nice photo of the genet in the tree. Thanks!

Very interesting article. I love genets.

Very interesting! Such special little creatures!

This was such interesting reading Guy, and an animal I’d really like to see. When looking at its photo, the head is rather fox-like attached to a lean feline body, quite exotic. As far as larger cats go, I’ve wondered if in lean food times, they’d resort to nibbling on vegetation for some type of sustenance-or perhaps their digestive systems won’t tolerate fruits/vegetation.

I really enjoyed reading more about genets, Guy. There was a family of genets living near our lodge at Phinda and we often saw them at night while we were having dinner, seemingly interested in the food, the smells or ?? If I’d read your blog beforehand, I would have paid more attention to whether it was the food!

Thank you for this – I love the small mammals, which are so often ignored. When I (hopefully) come back in November, for my 4th visit to Londo, I hope I am lucky enough to see one!

Guy, thanks for another great story. There’s a lot to be said about the little guys too!

So interesting Guy, having never seen one it’s great to have so much info to chew on. Hopefully one day, when back in SA I might get lucky. 🙏❤️

What are the main threats to genets, Guy?

Hi Guy! Very interesting to read your blog about Genets. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

A friend of ours in Natal found a Lesser Spotted Genet in a cage and being rather badly treated. She got it released to her and took it to a wonderful Private Reserve outside Howick which was also residential to people who bought shares in it. We were staying with them and she said every night “Slinky”, the wild genet, would come for a little bit of supper which they brought out on the patio for her. It was usually a bit of chicken and cat biscuits. No-one could get a photo of her as she was very shy. However, my husband, Neil, hid behind a glass door on to the patio which kept open especially that evening, and got a lovely picture of Slinky with a flash. Sheer luck he says! Wendy M

Fascinating post Guy! Thanks for the research and information share!

Interesting to learn that they can also pollinate!

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