Summer is certainly here, temperature is hovering around 40 degrees Celsius and it’s not even noon!
This beauty dagga** boy has got the right idea. Elephant, rhino and warthog here at Thana will wallow in the mud to protect their sensitive skin from the harsh sun and any biting flies that may accompany that heat.
An important role for the wildlife team and volunteers is recording rain capture data. This is imperative to understand when we can intervene if the water holes become to dry. The rain data is also important to communicate to the guides at Thanda as many of the roads here are un-drivable in 10mm of rain!
This is one of many new rain meters our team is placing around Thanda to record and assess rainfall data.
Top photo: Amanda Lessard
Bottom photo: Marianna Venter
**Dagga boy is a term used for solitary bull buffalo that have been pushed from the main herd. Sometimes they join together in small numbers. Dagga is a term for mud. (umdaka- in Zulu)
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