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Did You Know… honey badgers are known as aggressive, ferocious creatures?

They are also inquisitive and persistent in their quest for food. Watch the video below to see how one pair went in search of a late-night snack at Chamilandu Bushcamp! Honey Badger & Hyena raid Chamilandu Kitchen from The Bushcamp Company on Vimeo.

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leopards like to get as close as possible to their prey before attempting to kill?

At this time of year, with long grass and lush vegetation covering the valley, predators are able to conceal themselves much more easily and make good use of the favorable conditions.

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the distinctive mane of adult male lions is a unique feature among cat species?

It is thought to serve several purposes…. It makes the lion appear bigger and helps to intimidate other lions during confrontations. It may also help in attracting females and can also protect the vulnerable neck area during any fights. The size and color of the mane is affected by various factors… genetic precondition, maturity, climate or habitat.

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Lion cubs are extremely vulnerable to other predators such as leopards and hyenas,

but often the main threat is from other lions? In order to protect their young from wandering and invading lions, and to successfully raise their young, females rely on protection from their resident males. Males keep invaders out of their territories by patrolling, marking and roaring, and they will even fight if they encounter a strange male.

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a leopard’s face is surrounded by sensitive whiskers?

The leopard uses the whiskers to judge how far away objects are. The most important ones are on the sides of the face and these help the leopard to feel its way in the dark, or when it is walking through tall grass.

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the play of lion cubs often imitates the behavior that they will use as adults?

Play is an important way for cubs to learn stalking, killing and fighting as well as to form strong social bonds with their companions.

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Leopards are known to prey on a wide variety of other animals, and are opportunistic

in their hunting habits?  Leopards are renowned for their strength and agility, which enables them to carry their food into the high branches of trees.

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Herons have a characteristic ‘S’ shape kink in the neck?

Grey Heron by Johan Elzenga
This allows for extra muscles to be attached to elongated vertebrae. The head can then be coiled back, like a loaded spring, ready to strike rapidly at any prey.

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In spite of their reputation as cowardly

scavengers hyenas are actually highly interesting and intelligent animals?  They are efficient hunters that can bring down such large animals as buffalos and zebras.  Powerful teeth and jaws enable them to crush and consumer bones to get nutritious marrow, before the stomach’s highly concentrated hydrochloric acids helps digest the bone.

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Baboon grooming is not just important for keeping clean?

It also serves to strengthen social relationships in the troop with lower ranking members often grooming the higher ranking “seniors”.  this behavior, and the need for constant social contact, has been likened to our human reliance on cell phones!

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