Beho Beho Bushblog – Godlisten – 16th Aug

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I have just come back from my days off and I found a lot of change in the Selous, it keeps on getting drier and drier every day and there are a lot of Kills around the camp and lake Manze.

 

 I got out more than two times and everyday I found or witnessed a kill made by lion, they kill a lot of wildebeest almost everyday to make sure they eat enough before the shot rains start at the end of November when the animals get scattered and become very hard hunt.

 

On the first day I went out with three guests and we saw two hyenas at the airstrip, one having a dust bath in the middle of the road. A few meters we saw a big male elephant crossing the road, we stayed with that elephant for a couple of minutes, he was busy feeding on the palm tree and its amazing the way elephants can feed on a tree with such hard leaves. They do not only have strong jaws but also good teeth.

Elephants have four molars; each weighing about 5kg and measuring about 30cm long. As the front pair wears down and drops out in pieces the back pair shifts forward and the two molars emerge in the back of the mouth. Elephants replace their teeth six times. At about 60 years of age, the Elephant no longer has teeth and will likely die of starvation a common cause of death.

 

The tusks are firm teeth, the second set of incisors become the tusks. They are used for digging for roots and stripping the bark off trees for food, for fighting each other during mating season, and for defending themselves against predators. The tusks weigh from 23kg to 25kg and can be from 1.5 to 2.4m long. Unlike Asian Elephants both male and female have tusks. They are curved forward and continue to grow throughout the Elephants lifetime.

 

Because ivory is so valuable to some humans, many elephant have been killed for their tusks. This trade is illegal today but it has not been completely eliminated and some African Elephant populations remain endangered.

 

From the Elephant we carried on with the game drive to Lake Manze where we saw one lion and one lioness with a buffalo kill and near by we saw another lion with a wildebeest kill near to the water just looking at it without doing anything because he seemed to have a full stomach.

   

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