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Chris Taylor

Ranger

Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Very interesting Chris. We have only experienced winter in South Africa and are always amazed at how lush and vivid Londolozi appears in your summer photos.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Personally, I prefer the winter months, however experiencing this environment in summer can be quite special with the lush and vibrant colours after the rains.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thanks Chris, that’s very interesting. When we arrived 3 weeks ago for our 6 night stay I couldn’t believe how lush and green it looked , absolutely beautiful – I also likened it to the Garden of Eden. The 1st 3 times we came were during February, but that was around 10 years ago, and I kind of assumed it was always like that! More recently I’d come in Sept/Oct, and during the drought I was shocked at how barren everything looked as I came in to land on the airstrip. On the plus side though, it makes it much easier to find the animals!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

It’s great to hear that you’ve experienced Londolozi in all types of seasons – it gives you a bit of perspective as what sort of changes happen here on a seasonal basis and how important it is for the plants and animals in the area. Summer time can make viewing the animals slightly more difficult but we’re always up for the challenge!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

This pattern of rain and drought is amazing. And I guess all humans and animals can do is try to adapt to it as well as possible. However, the pictures of that drought are look really frightening. Poor animals! Poor farmer in villages!
One only hopes that the droughts do not last too long.

Willa Stanger
Explorer

Most informative.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Chris your explanation on the weather transformation is very interesting. A person tends to forget about the transformation, until you go into the weather details and see how it transforms. We are always so grateful when the rainy season arrives and everything turns so beautifully green and lush. The animals have good food to eat and plenty of water. But when the dry season comes and the drought, then we wonder what on earth has happened. Good explanation thanks Chris.

Doug Hammerich
Digital Tracker

Very nice report indeed. Thank you.

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

How true it is that the weather changes from time to time. We as humans do have an effect on the climate with our carbon burning, but El Niño and La Niña still have significant effects and have been around for a very long time. Chris,Thanks for reminding me .

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

Nice blog Chris. The video was so sad and yet became joyous with the rain coming. Thanks for sharing.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What a wonderful blog Chris. I especially liked the video as it really documented the difference in the land during the drought and afterwards. Here in Northern California we have been experiencing the same drought cycle for almost four years now and the heavy rains in December dried up and we haven’t seen a drop since. The worst part is the fires that break out and destroy towns, wildlife and our forests. Perhaps March and April will bring much needed rain and we’ll enjoy a return to full reservoirs, a resurgence of vegetation and fewer fires.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Chris, it must have been terrible to watch buffalo calling for your help just almost under your jeep… I don’t think I could sit and watch. It’s natural rule, nonetheless the buffalo came over there… by the way the pictures are gorgeous, as usual leopards are tpo models in the greens!

Paul Floquet
Explorer

Great article Chris. Very well written and informative. Think I missed this section in my geography classes. Thanks for filling in the gaps.

Craig J Denbury
Explorer

I really enjoyed this. Thank you.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Interesting post.
Here in California we are experiencing a long dry spell and continuing drought. The temperature extremes seem to be more frequent as well.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Gosh Chris this brings back so many memories of my childhood in the Lowveld when we would hope and pray for rain and it still wouldn’t come and after a few years when the dams were empty and wild animals and life stock had died the heavens would open. Within days there would be small buds and green grass pushing it’s way through the earth and the cycle of life would begin again. In many ways it really is a lesson in life. One has to withstand the hard times to appreciate the good times..but nature certainly has a way of teaching us this. ‘I bless the rains in Africa’ for life on Londolozi and beyond to continue to cycle and keep our wildlife safe for our children’s children 🙏🏻💕. Thank you Chris for reminding me of this ❤️

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Thanks for this informative blog Chris. We experience of El Niño and La Niña opposite of you all here in California!

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