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Today was the perfect opportunity to get photographs taken of Winston, the new addition to my brothers family. Winston is 9 weeks old, he is a pure black pug. Photographing this new pup brought back many memories of when my beagle was his age. They make the cutest photos, with the inquisitive little persons they have. Five years ago I did puppy photos of my beagle Thaka, wow has the time flown by. Well I thought it would be perfect as I am baby sitting this little one.
Dogs are a major part of my life, without them I would have fallen long ago. As a kid they were there to pick me up incase I fell over. Today they are my best friends! No one has had a true, loyal friend until they have had a dog. It brings new joy to the people around me to have this little pug running around, creating havoc between my pack of dogs, when he is here at “day care” Oh so fun!
Here’s Winston! click here for the full gallery
As promised, here are the images from the Lion and Rhino park. It was still an awesome day to see all these animals in peace roaming around the plains of South Africa. For the History of this nature reserve please refer to our previous article last year Part 1 Lions of South Africa .
Happy new year to all my fans! Had a wonderful December Holiday with family and friends. Spent a lovely Holiday in Sodwana, a fun filled holiday. Be sure to stay tuned for more posts on my Birthday adventure last year at the Sterkfontein caves as well as Maropeng. Wildlife picture updates.
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Images of the previous article – Lions in colour.
It was a Sunday morning when my family and I awoke. We decided to take a trip to the Lion and Rhino nature reserve.
A bit of history
“The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is a privately owned, non-subsidized game reserve, covering approxmiately 1 200 ha on the typical highveld of Gauteng. The reserve is situated in the “Cradle of Humankind”, a declared World Heritage Site, about 40 km north-west of Johannesburg and 60km west of Pretoria.
The reserve was founded in 1985 by Ed Hern, a well known stockbroker, with the aim of preserving this beautiful area for private leisure. Prior to this the farm was utilised as a dairy and agricultural produce farm. From a modest beginning of two white rhinos, “Ouvrou” and “Bulle”, imported from a zoo in Germany, and some antelope species, the reserve now boasts 600 head of game representing 25 different species. Public demand to visit the reserve became overwhelming and this was met in 1990, coinciding with a name change from “Kiepersol” to “Rhino Park”.
Emphasis was also placed on breeding and the success of this project is best illustrated by the fact that no less than 18 white rhino calves have been born at the reserve to date. Increasing the number of species is always hampered by external factors such as climate, habitat, grazing, availability, etc. but the reserve has always strived to reach this goal in order to enhance the entertainment and educational value to the public – many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience wildlife in this manner due to cost and distance constraints.
For obvious reasons, the rare and dangerous species have a greater attraction value, and this led to the introduction of lions, cheetah and later, the highly endangered Cape wild dog. The latter have formed part of a very successful breeding programme which has, in turn, led to breeding programmes for Bengal tigers, Siberian Tigers and the extremely rare White Lion (one of which was born at the reserve in 1999). These activities have seen the staff complement at the reserve grow from 5 to 39 people employed on a full time basis.
Once again the name was changed to “Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve” in order to reflect the new attractions and to differentiate between the reserve and its competitors.
The management of the reserve were still not satisfied and hence the re-introduction of warthog, after a long absence from the Gauteng highveld, was successfully implemented. A natural development was the establishment of a vulture restaurant which caters for the groups of these magnificent birds which live in the nearby Magaliesberg. Through the generosity of the general public and farmers, who donate carcasses to the reserve on a regular basis, this venture has proven highly successful. Often one can view as many as 200 birds feasting at the reserve.
Visitor numbers increased to such an extent that the reserve became a proud member of the Johannesburg’s Big 5 Tourist Destinations. This growth necessitated the construction of peripheral visitor facilities which include, for the general public, individual barbecue (braai) areas, a kiosk, restaurants, curio shop, swimming pool, children’s play park and the Crocodile Pub where visitors can enjoy a quiet sundowner while watching crocodiles at close range.”
The Wonder Caves are also accessable from this farm where Limstone was mined, wonderful stalictites and stalicmite formations. I will do an article on the caves in Part 2>