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Kirst Joscelyne


At less than a year old, Kirst went to her family’s hut in the Greater Kruger National Park, and has been fortunate enough to continue to go there ever since. Sharing a passion for the bush with her family, led to countless trips ...

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Kirst, loved the bucks🤗

Hi Kirst ! What a beautifully written and interesting article! Waterbucks are charming creatures and I always wanted to know more about them. I can’t think of hyena ripping the calf alive. I thought they were a rather frail species but after reading your notes it seems they are resilient this is great.

Gives a whole new perspective of this seemingly common antelope.

Very interesting info on the waterbuck! Thanks for sharing!

Great photo by Peter!

Kirst, Thanks for that in depth education on the beautiful Waterbuck. We love it when we get to learn more about some of the more common wildlife we see at Londolozi, and this is a great example of that!

My favorite antelope, too!

Kirst the waterbuck are my favorite antelope as well. Their long hair and big eyes are striking. The female is very clever to have the calf in the thickets, good for hiding the calf until it can stand up. Amazing that within 30 minutes the calf can stand. The dominant bull is so majestic and really proud of his harem. Love the way the female shows the calf the way ahead by making her tail go up. I’ve learn’t a lot from your story. Thanks Kirst.

A beautiful description of these lovely animals. I also like waterbucks very much. They are really such special antelopes.
Great pictures.

One of the things I’ve noticed with the Waterbuck is their heart shaped nose. Such a beautiful antelope.

Thanks for this interesting and informative blog. I didn’t know the females kept their young hidden in the bush for that long. It seems other antelopes birth their lambs/calves and as soon as they’re stable, they’re part of the herd. I’ve learned that the Impala lambs will keep together in a crèche, overseen by a “babysitter “ while the moms eat. The faces of the waterbuck are especially unique and in my opinion, more beautiful than some of the other members of their species.

Hi Kirst! You have made my week as I love Waterbuck. Love the fur on the necks as you do. I find them very appealing – especially the “sat on a newly painted loo” bottoms they all have! Very distinctive. Thank you for the gorgeous photos too, some of which I intend to take as Screensavers! Wendy M

Senior Digital Ranger

What a lovely blog piece. Your writing draws us in, edifies us and incites such respect and beautiful observation of their special place in this world. Gorgeous animal. Thank you!

I hadn’t ever heard of them prior to visiting Londolozi a few years ago. They are such interesting looking antelope and their coats remind me to donkeys. I wonder how they evolved to have such long hair, while the other antelope have short, shiny coats? It must help them thermoregulate in some way.

Amazing how I used to take this lovely antelope for granted, never knowing that much about them yet always admiring their beautiful markings and fur. I never knew they kept their young hidden in the thickets for 2-4 weeks nor that they returned to the same area to give birth. Thank you Kirst, really enjoyed your article 💕🙏🏻

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