Monday, September 17, 2007

Observing the ‘Biggies’ in their natural habitats

Do you get a tingling feeling while watching the big beast of the wild so close, when you watch them behind the glass at your local zoo? If you do, then imagine what would happen if you get to see them out in the wild.

But this time, they will be free to gaze at you, and you will be the one, behind protected glass. Interesting isn’t it?

Private game reserves, the North-West, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal: This is one place, where you can play host to the big white cat to lunch.

Simply leave a big piece of meat onto your front porch of your lodge, and soon you will see a leopard casually strolling towards it. While wild animals roam freely in this area, just make sure, that you yourself do not become their lunch, or even dinner.

Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve: Now this is a heart beating experience. Tracking an animal that can grow as large as a small tank and weighing approximately the same, can literally, be a dangerous activity, if you are not careful.

Rhinos can smell humans up to 800 meters or 2,600 feet away. So, if you want to get home, safe and sound, then it is advisable to remain a great distance from the great beast.

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