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Josh Attenborough

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Born into a family passionate about wildlife Josh knew from a very young age that he wanted to work in the African bush. He was fortunate enough to spend his school holidays going on annual family trips to the same two destinations – ...

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Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi there, Josh. What an interesting and informative article you have written here re the all important little Garbage Disposer in the Bush! I think your theories all have great merit. Perhaps it is more than one of them that are working together to make the lives of the little Dung Beetles a bit more difficult to work in! Thanks again. Wendy M

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Josh how interesting and intriguing is the ecological behaviour of dung beetles! Looking forward to reading what you find out next

Roger Giraldeau
Explorer

Cool subject “all lives matter”

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Wonderful things, they are so worthwhile to stop and watch . Africa also has an abundance of smaller fascinating creatures as well as stars such as leopard , rhino and elephant

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Fun fact: The ancient Egyptians saw the dung beetle (scarab) rolling his dung ball as a representation of the sun god moving the sun across the sky.

Mary Williams
Digital Ranger

Just from a viewers perspective, I believe a combination of the rains, the ball not holding together and the lack of the sun. All of the reasons!

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

Josh, a great read. It makes one realize just how nature adapts far better to accommodate the changing weather patterns. I’m sure they will be back as soon as the light is right and the soil just perfect for rolling those dung balls 😉😁💕

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

These dungbeetle are really fascinating creatures. I admire the perfectly shaped dungballs they roll. Just amazing. Sometimes it seems that such a ball is just too heavy to be moved forward by such a small animal. Nature is just incredibly complex and amazing.
Wonderful pictures!

Valmai Vorster
Digital Ranger

I want to commend you and your tracker for being so observant about the dung beetles. The beautiful rain that you got in abundance, kept them from working. Good story and foto’s.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks Josh! Great research and we agree with your theories!

Hi, thanks for the blog on the Dung Beetles. When many on safari tend to focus on the Big 5, there are so many other wonders all around. I feel they do not get the admiration and respect they deserve. Thanks for the spot light on these hard workers. Cheers!

Wian Eloff
Explorer

This is a awesome blog! I definitely learned something new today. I always thought they just roll the dung to a spot where they are tired. They are actually so smart. Thanks for the awesome blog.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks for highlighting the little acrobat that rolls a dung ball for a specific reason, not for fun. I’ve loved watching these insects form their sphere, taking care that there’s space for breeding and eventually the hatching of little beetles, and then take to the sandy path. With all the rain you’ve had, I can understand that the beetles would struggle to build their dung ball, let alone move it through the mud. I think your theories are sound and hopefully with dry days ahead, the roads/paths will once again become the motorways for the rested dung beetles.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Great post on the oft unappreciated dung beetle Josh. Please do keep us posted as to what you observe and if you are able to ground your suppositions. Fascinating!!

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