An otterly fantastic sighting

This month we had something quite unexpected on the camera. In the early morning of the 15th February, a cape clawless otter was seen moving through a drainage line. This seemed strange to us as the Plains area in which it was caught on camera is so far from a...

Ticking off a ‘lifer’

Species lists, a must for the “bush mad” among us. Whether we make them for own personal use or for the game reserve we reside on, it is a great way to keep a check on the species diversity and a reminder of what we have seen. Many shareholders of...

Brown Hyena makes a return

In 2010, the brown hyena (Hyaena brunnea) was spotted on the camera traps. This was the first recorded sighting on Lissataba for over 7 years at that time. Throughout 2010 and 2011, brown hyena popped up a few times on the cameras. It wasn’t known whether these shy...

Caracal

Some of you may remember us mentioning in the August/September newsletter about a mystery animal that has been seen many times on main road. Well the mystery is solved. There are many creatures on Lissataba that act elusively and that continue to evade us, but almost...

Crocodile comes out on top

Just after sunrise of the 30th September, a nyala carcass was found on the driveway to site 45/46 by one of our security staff as he carried out his morning rounds. After a closer inspection of the dead animal, the cause of death was quickly attributed to a leopard...

The annual game count begins

On the morning of the 17th September, Lissataba and Phuza Moya management joined forces to take on the task of the annual game count. Flying in transects over the combined 5000ha, each individual animal that was seen was recorded, including the sex. The results were...