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Dan Hirschowitz


Dan developed his love for the African bush whilst growing up on a family run farm in the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands. Growing up in the bushveld he was surrounded by wildlife and finds his passion in what nature has to offer. After completing ...

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on Why Impala Don’t Get Ulcers

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William Paynter
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Dan, thank you for your insights on impalas. They are very interesting animals in the Ecco system.

Christa Blessing
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Thanks for this interesting blog and the thoughts about the Impala’s way of life. Sounds really logical.

Anita Santoro
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Well put!!!

Valmai Vorster
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HI Dan, it is true I think these antelope are very aware of their surroundings and the predators in the nearby vicinity. The rutting session leaves the ewes waiting for the rams to mate with them and carry the lambs till Nov, Dec,Jan when they starting giving birth. Here on the reserve we saw how the lambs gather together, running around as if they are running a race. Just to start all over again running and chasing each other. The rams are usually very irritated when the rutting session starts and make loud noises when fighting other rams off.

Paul Canales
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I love your take on this Dan, and you’ve perfectly captured the human condition and how we get lost in thought bubbles and lose touch with what is happening right now, right in front of us!

Tony McCutcheon

Great stoic wisdom Dan.

Worry only about what you can control.

Francesca Doria
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Hi Dan, it’s so true generally speaking, I guess the only predators that stress all animals out are humans, for their methods often are not natural. I watched videos of a single impala ram facing wild dogs and fighting back, also while standing in the water and his firm self-defence saved his life. Animals and plants always know what’s best for them, an excellent lesson! Thank you for sharing this

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