Rory Preston, a budding blogger who is only 6 years old, recently visited Madikwe with her family.
She sent us some of the stories and photos that she wanted to share her second Grade class mates:
Ground squirrels in South Africa are really cute and their tails are fluffy. They look similar to the squirrels in America (in America, we call them squirrels not ground squirrels) but the ground squirrels in South Africa had fluffier tails.
We saw lots of ground squirrels. Groups of ground squirrels are called bands. A band of ground squirrels is normally six to eight squirrels but can be up to 20! They eat seeds that fall off of the trees, and small insects.
Cheetahs don’t like to hang out with other cheetahs. Both cheetahs I saw were alone. Both cheetahs I saw had collars on. Both cheetahs were wearing collars because each collar contained a tracking device.
If the collars didn’t move in three days, the park rangers would go and see if the cheetahs were still alive. The rangers were watching their movements because they were new to the reserve.
The first time I saw a cheetah, I saw the black outline of her nose and mouth. The other time I saw a cheetah, she was eating a baby impala! Cheetahs eat baby impalas because the impalas aren’t fast enough to get away.
People think that cheetahs aren’t eating enough because they are really skinny. They are that way because if they are fat they cannot run as fast as they need to catch their prey, like baby impalas.
African wild dog
I only saw African wild dogs once. That one time, we had to go off the road, through scrub brush. When we found them, white rhinos were chasing them! I saw five but others said there was a pack of six total.
We are lucky to have seen them at all because they are endangered. They all were white, black, and brown but they each had a different pattern in their coats. I thought they were pretty. It’s no wonder why they are also called Painted Wolves.
They hunt in packs. They eat impala, kudu, wildebeest, zebra, and buffalo. They have to be careful because lion, leopard, and hyena are hunting them!