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Kelsey Clark

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Kelsey has many fond memories of family camping trips across South Africa when she was growing up and for her, this sparked a growing love for the wilderness and opportunities to seek new adventures. Although she studied BComm Financial Management and spent five ...

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on Natures Festive Little Decorations

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Hi Kelsy, I had to smile to myself looking at the shongololos. I used to be day mother and my last day child was the cutest little girl ever. I used to take her outside and put a shongololo in her little hand, but as soon as it started to move she gave it back to me because it tickled her hand. The Christmas beetle is a indication of Christmas is nearby. The dung beetle here on the reserve are all over with their dung balls rolling , and you can see where they have buried their ball with a little heap of ground on top of the surface.

Even natures smallest creatures have their survival technics down pat. Thanks you Kelsey for sharing the pictures of some of the smallest creatures of Londolozi.

This was a creative and interesting take on the seasonal insects. I, too, appreciate their varied niches and notice the seasonal fluctuations of their behaviors. Some I enjoy more than others, but they all have their place.

Great blog post Kelsey, loved it.

Thanks for pointing out these often overlooked but amazing little creatures/decorations that are part of our drives Kelsey. My favorite of these is the Dung beetle, watching it roll its prize along the sandy soil. I also appreciate knowing how to pronounce the Shongololos millipede now as well, such a curious little spiral when it senses danger. I’ve seen all of these save for the Christmas Beetle, and consider them equally as fascinating as the larger mammals – they all serve a purpose in contributing to the wellbeing of the environment in which they live.

Hi Kelsey, little bugs are my cup of tea! I am always so happy to watch their pictures and read about them. All photos are fantastic. If I had to choose one, which is so hard, I’d pick the fireflies flight through the night. There are too few fireflies in the world, mostly because of insecticides and tpo much artificial light. This is a wonderful image to remember, an hymn to conservation

A lovely blog, Kelsey. The smaller creatures of the bush are seldom recognized by the general public. Thank you.

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