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After a few years of working in the world of economic consulting, Kate’s love of adventure, wilderness and sense of curiosity led her to move away from the city and join the Londolozi guiding team. It was amidst her years of studying politics, ...

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on Food For Thought On The Five Largest Herbivores

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Great pictures. I especially like the 3 elephants in a row, I think we were with Matt for the elephant and hippo pictures he shot!!

Wonderful blog Kate. Nature truly evolves in many different ways. I wonder what we as humans will look like and act like in say 20 or 30 million years? Evolution and survival linked together, interesting.

Thank you Kate for explaining the digestive system of these herbivores. The different chambered stomachs of the different animals to the different diets is very interesting. All five herbivores are beautiful animals and are needed for the eco system.

Really very interesting blog, Kate on these different and large herbivores.
Beautiful photos as well.

Thanks Kate for expanding on Robyn’s blog highlighting the the evolution of animal’s digestive systems. What is the most interesting is the difference in eating habits between the white and black rhinos. That in itself brings to mind, what caused the physical difference between these two mammals that changed the shape of their mouth opening? Aside from that thought, the biggest takeaway from your blog, besides what they eat and how it’s digested, is how their excreted vegetation supports other species.

Hi Kate, they are all special and iconic mammals. Elephants are in my heart since I was a young girl and read Life with Elephants by Ian Douglas Hamilton, giraffe are so fantastic and I have a soft spot for hippos, I recently watched Hippo King, a wonderful documentary of a full life of a hippo bull from his birth to his death

Great article, Kate!!

Very informative blog. And the added tidbit on the graffiti’s vertebrae. Doesn’t seem possible.
Such a delicate balance is life…
Also great photos… Thank you

Kate, This is really great info and helped us understand a little more about of the behaviors of the herbivores. Well done!

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