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Nick Tennick

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Nick has always loved the outdoors and never turns down an opportunity for an adventure. After finishing high school in Johannesburg, where he grew up, Nick spent a gap year in the Zimbabwean bushveld which truly sparked his love for wildlife and conservation ...

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on Keeping Cool During the Delightfully Warm Summer Heat: Mammals

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Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Terrific information Nick about an important subject related to sumner in the lowveld – how various mammals find methods to deal with the heat. I find elephants to be the most entertaining: mud baths, water fights with one another, calves trying to figure out how to use their trunks to drink, and just cooling themselves by submerging their bodies. Sometimes I think animals are wiser than humans when it comes to dealing with heat.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Thank you for the comment, Denise. The elephants are incredibly wise as too are all the animals that are able to survive in a climate that is constantly changing.

Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

Fascinating blog. I was wondering. Is the colouration pattern possibly also assisting giraffes in cooling down maybe?

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Hi Gawie, That is a good Question and believed to be true. Beneath the darker patches on the Giraffes coat lies a sophisticated network of blood vessels. As the day warms up and the Giraffes body temperature increases, these blood vessels dilate, dissipating heat from the blood quickly. Therefore each patch on a Giraffe has a thermal window that helps cool down the overall body temperature.

Sandra Scott
Explorer

Love the pictures of ellies in the mud. They are so much fun to watch in the water or mud.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Hi Sandra. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures of the elephants.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Very informative! We have only visited in winter and rarly see any of this except mud wallowing. Thanks!

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Pleasure Vin. It’s always a good time to visit Londolozi in the summer months!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

I just love watching elephants cool down at a water hole – it seems like they are having the absolute best time! Interesting facts about the stripped animals – wow!

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Nick, thanks for the review of the cooling mechanisms used by the animals of Londolozi. Super pictures as well. I especially enjoyed the elephants in the mud wallows.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Thank you, William. Look out for the nest instalments where we will discuss the cooling mechanisms reptile and bird species use.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great Photos and a very interesting article on how the different animals can keep themselves cool.
I love the photo of the honey badger. And one can nearly feel the fun the elephants are having during their water and mud baths.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Thank You, Christa.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Nick your story is very interesting and explains how different animals cool down their bodies. Fascinating to see how they play in the water which is actually cooling them down. Others wallowing in mud for relief of heat and parasites. Loved the foto’s of the tiny elephant calves in the water playing.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Thank You, Valmai. The baby elephants are so good to watch, especially in the water !

Howard Kelly
Explorer

Great blog Nick – looking forward to seeing you guys soon!!

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Thanks Howard! Hopefully see you soon.

Ann Marie
Explorer

Great photos, but the baby ellie is the star of the show!.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

I agree, Ann Marie!

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Ellies in mud…..just about as perfect and as good as it gets!

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Agreed!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Great post Nick, and more evidence of the ingenuity of nature to keep things cool!!

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