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Ross Cheshire


Ross was born and raised in Durban, spending many a family holiday in the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal. It is here that his love and passion for the African Bush developed. He decided to combine his love of working with people and ...

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on Structural Adaptations: A Tale on Tails

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Hayley Myburgh
Digital Ranger

That was the perfect ‘tail’ (tale)
Thank you Ross!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Who would have guessed that tails could be so fascinating?! I appreciate all the information you provided, especially relating to the functions of the various feathers that comprise the tail of a bird. From blogs like this, I learn new and interesting facts – thank you.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Very interesting blog on those tails, Ross. Thanks!
One often hears, that lizards and skinks can only regrow their tails once.
Is this just a story or is it correct?

Willa Stanger
Senior Digital Ranger

I love intriguing bits and follows such as these. They fill in the big picture of lowveldt trekking.

Willa Stanger
Senior Digital Ranger

Sorry. ‘Fillips’ not ‘follows’

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Ross, thank you for the information on tails. Something I had not spent a lot of time investigating. The pictures were very good, especially the birds.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Very interesting and I have learned a lot about the different feathers aiding the birds in flight. The scorpion looks very scarry and dangerous. Thank you Ross.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

My husband and I have had the, “if you had a tail, what type would you want to have?” Conversation several times. As far as mammals go, a leopard’s tail has to be one of the most striking. I think I’d be perfectly happy with a leopard-like tail.

Linda Rawles
Digital Tracker

We once had tails, still have that “tail bone”, and some humans are still born with a tale on occasion. I think it would be cool to have one:-)!

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