Wild dogs on the move
They might be one of the Kruger National Park’s most elusive species, but they are also its most prolific hunter. With an eighty percent kill rate they really are Africa’s most effective predator. Wild dogs work in a pack, exhausting their quarry as they chase it down. Their long lasting stamina means that they don’t need to be faster than their prey to out run it.
How not to film lions
Lions are mostly nocturnal. So if you want to film them doing most of the things they do, you need to become nocturnal. This takes time, and often involves a lot of nodding off until you get the hang of it. By Robert Waldron.
Dodging the limelight!
More often than not wild animals seem rather camera shy, turning their back on film crew and often walking off into the thicker bush where they can carry on what they are doing with some degree of privacy.
The Breeding Beaches
From late October to mid-December the beaches along the KZN coastline up to Mozambique are transformed. A flurry of nighttime activity turns them from simple beaches to one of the world's biggest incubators with the best views.
The beauty of the Garden Route
The Garden Route National Parks are situated along some of South Africa’s most breathtaking coastline. The powerful waves crash against the jagged rocks producing the most spectacular sprays that plume into the air before collapsing into the sea once more.
Jackal and Civet Night Fight
Coming back from a lion capture at night the Southern African Natural History Unit (SANHU) came across two jackals that had stumbled across a civet.
Fight or Flight
All species will exhibit both a fight and a flight response, however the degree to which they choose one over the other does differ. A lion will be much more willing to fight, where as a steenbok will almost always opt to flight. Yet backed into a corner, unable to escape, even skittish steenbok will turn into a little fighter if need be.
Being a baboon
Some people might joke that they belong to the Ugly Five, but there is something quite charming about baboons.
Animals at play
Play is an important part of animal behaviour; it enables young animals to learn from their parents. It cements bonds between individuals and strengthens muscles. It is also possibly the most pleasurable behaviour to film.
This is a short montage of some of the animals filmed by the Southern African Natural History Unit (SANHU) whilst working in the Kruger National Park. The variety of animals in Kruger is what makes it so unique, from the humble impala to the magnificent lion and everything in between.