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Kelsey Clark

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Kelsey has many fond memories of family camping trips across South Africa when she was growing up and for her, this sparked a growing love for the wilderness and opportunities to seek new adventures. Although she studied BComm Financial Management and spent five ...

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on The Art of Sleeping in the Wild

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Which two Mapogo males are they?

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Fascinating!!! There are apparently many different sleep patterns in the world…dcfinitely including in my own house!

It really is fascinating and I also enjoyed learning and comparing sleep patterns! 🙂

Thanks! So many unanswered questions now answered!

My pleasure Vin

I had heard of unihemipheric sleep in ducks, but I didn’t realize hippos did the same thing. It makes perfect sense! Thank you for sharing.

Pleasure Chelsea

Thank you Kelsey for explaining the sleeping pattern and duration of different animals. Very interesting and I have certainly learned from your story on the art of sleeping in the wild. Well described and love the foto’s of the giraffe’s.

My pleasure Valmai, I’m glad you could learn something new and enjoy the photos.

Thanks for pointing out the differences in sleep patterns for the various residents in Londolozi. I’ve always been fascinated by the facts that some animals can sleep while standing, while others manage to grab sleep within their water environment. My favorite animal to watch sleeping is still a leopard, stretched out carefully along a tree branch, limbs appearing to dangle without care, seeming to be completely relaxed – and then , one eye opens!

My pleasure Denise – the leopards sure are a favourite sleeping up in the trees, and yes amazing how quickly they can become alert again!

Hi, I particularly like the picture of the hippo and of the giraffe liying down. I knew about water animals sleeping while alternating an emisphere, this may possibly make them develope their brain better. If you think of dolphins, whales, sperm whales. Maybe hippos are water genius too! Mapogos surely had a lot of time to sleep as the oldest, Makulu, was an excellent buffalo hunter. Very nice article!

Thank you Francesca, I think you might be onto something with the Hippos! 🙂

Kelsey, Thanks for a great educational piece. We have often wondered about the sleep habits of the wildlife at Londolozi and you explained it perfectly!

Thank you Michael and Terri, I’m glad you enjoyed the blog.

An interesting blog Kelsey. Animals have a way of relaxing every bone in their bodies and I only wish I had that ability when trying to get to sleep. Thanks for sharing with us.

My pleasure Leonie, animals certainly make sleep look a lot easier!

Fun blog! No idea a bird could fly while (half) asleep! Amazing!

Thank you Anita, glad you enjoy the blog!

Really interesting, Kelsey! I’d sure like to learn some of these alternative sleeping techniques as they might be especially useful on nights when 100% of my brain is not cooperating with the sleep process!!

Thank you Mary Beth! I can definitely agree with that 🙂

Very interesting information on sleep habits of mammals at Londolozi. Thanks for this update and information Kelsey, great job.

Always a pleasure William, I’m glad you enjoyed this blog.

A great Blog, Kelsey, explaining the different ways of sleep of the wild animals. Fascinating! Thanks.

Thank you Christa! 🙂

Very interesting article! Particularly interesting was the bit about unihemispheric sleepers that is amazing! Nature never ceases to amaze me.

I’m glad you enjoyed the blog Kara!

Wonderful message!

Thanks Helen:)

Great theme. Some truly unique shots here!

Thank you Michael!

Making me sleepy just reading this…..,I would love to be able to stretch out comfortably in a huge marula tree to sleep the day away!

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