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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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Hi Kirst! Always very well written and interesting… do you know why do rhino have such a short tail? I alwas get mesmerised in front of a leopard’s photo and the zebra is wonderful but this time my favourite choice is the warthog! It is so expressive it makes me smile

Hi Francesca,
I think that their tails are short as they do not need them to counteract their balance and due to their skin being largely bare they don’t need their tails to deter flies as much as animals with fur.
I also do love warthog’s tails!

I did not realize that the black rhinos and white rhinos had different tail signaling when they are alarmed. Nor the difference between the calves how they behave during this event. Very interesting.

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