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Keagan Chasenski

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Keagan has always had a connection with wildlife, having been lucky enough to visit Londolozi as a child. After growing up in Johannesburg, he attended boarding school in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands where weekends were spent exploring the reserve and appreciating his surroundings. ...

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Thank you for addressing these myths Keagan as I’ve heard some of these from friends who’ve never been on safari. The most common misconception was that male lions don’t hunt, but only eat what the females kill, pushing them away until he’s satiated. Whilst it appears this way sometimes, when photos are posted of lionesses standing off to the side while the males are eating, many kills are shared by the pride.
I haven’t stayed in Londolozi save for the summer and fall, but both seasons offered fantastic sightings. Honestly, anytime is the perfect time to go

Hi, the myth that struck me the most was that ostrich were thought to buried their head in the sand. I read about it when I was a small child and already thought “impossible!”. I appreciate the explanation of the origins of that. Have you got any news on ostrich in Londolozi? I wrote about hyenas behaviour in a composition about certain animal behaviours for a diploma. Also the role of male lions. I liked a lot the fact that elephants are thought to get drunk, that reflects human nature! Giraffe are another very interesting subject, as far as behavioural habits are concerned. Lastly I appreciate the explanation of impala lamb birth and hope more people would get interested in such lovely but overlooked antelope. In spite of scientific dogmas I don’t like violence so I prefer to focus on impala, giraffes and elephants pictures, all great. Immense pictures of the legendary Majingilane, thank you!

A good blog Keagan. Personally, impala “delaying” their births has been as is still a widely discussed topic and i have realised that some don’t take a bigger picture into consideration.

Thanks for the hyena hierarchy facts, Keagan, as this male cub hyena “stay-or-stray” decision point is a very interesting insight.

Thanks Keagan for clearing up these myths which are know set straight from the Rangers mouth. Many people believe different stories, but I am so glad that you have set everything straight. Very interesting though I always thought that the porcupine shoots his quills when confronted. Beautiful images especially the Impala lambs. We live on a reserve and I am waiting patiently for Nov month for when the lambs to arrive. They come and eat our grass right in front of our house and we enjoy watching them.

Keagan, thank you for the information on safaris and the animals you included in your blog. I suspect that a safari at anytime would yield a rewarding experience around mother nature.

I recently heard someone use the old adage of ostriches burying their heads in the sand and wondered the root of the phrase. It certainly doesn’t make sense that any animal that could be preyed upon would want to put themselves in that position, so I bet your point about turning the eggs is the root of this misconception. It’s been wildly perpetuated by silly cartoons.

Keagan, Thanks for the debunking of the myths – some are just silly! One that we can help on is the male lions hunting. Last week we tracked (with Nick & Joy) the four Ntsevu sub adult males (and one young female) who successfully tracked and hunted a huge Cape Buffalo herd! The males were impressive in their hunting skills and the take down of one of the Buffalo was impressive!

Knew them all but hadn’t hear about the ellie one…we’ve been on safari so there’s that. Need to come back! I was curious where the ostriches’ head in the sand came from knowing that’s not a real thing! Seeing hyena’s on safari brought huge new found respect and adoration for them! One of my fave photos is when we drove up to a hidden den and about a dozen popped their heads up to say hi! Ha! It was amazing. We visited in the (our) summer to see the migration and it was spectacular but I would visit again anytime of the year, as you said, it’s always something new and wonderful 🙂

Very good article, great to hear mention of the Majingilane and Mapogo.

The very fact that you do have adult male lions in the wilderness proves their ability to hunt thanks to their sub-adult nomadic years.

Great to be reminded from time to time that there are lots of myths about regarding animals and safari trips.
I am currently enjoying some of the best time of my life at a wonderful place for safaris….

Great article! I especially love busting myths about my beloved hyenas! Might I add:
11. A good safari picture must have the person in it and as close to the animal as possible.
My pet peeve:-)

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