The past couple of days Henk & Carla have been enjoying some more activities around St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal.
The first afternoon back in this beautiful coastal town, they decided to pay a visit to the St Lucia Crocodile Centre. There is a lot of research carried out on the crocodiles in the St Lucia Estuary and Lake and at the Crocodile Centre they help with rescuing, breeding and tagging the crocodiles. Saturday was feeding day, so Henk and Carla decided to go and see these huge creatures enjoying a Saturday afternoon snack!
On Sunday we visited the nearby Elephant interaction about 80kms north of St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal. Here you are able to interact with three African Elephants. The project also explains why these elephants thrive on human interaction and they provide a great education about the African Elephants. Rambo is the male, approximately 38 years old and weighing about 5,000kgs!
His daughter is 5 years old and only weighs about 1,500kgs and is very determined and cheeky, especially when you are feeding her. And Rachel is the mum, but since her daughter is still so small, you are not able to get as close. She is very protective of her little one!
In the afternoon we headed to a Wild Cat and cheetah rehabilitation project where you are able to get close to many endangered cat species such as wild cats, caracals, servals and cheetah. Most of the cats at the project cannot be released back into the wild because they have become habituated to humans. Some were bought as pets, but become too differcult to handle as they got older. Some were rescued and had to be hand reared and some have injuries that are so bad they would not survive back in the wild.
Caracals are incredibly good jumpers. They normally catch their prey, such as guinea fowl and francolin in mid-flight.
Both of these projects, which are close to St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, are great education and awareness centres, helping visitors to understand more about the species and the dangers they face due to diminishing habitats.
Henk and Carla then spent this morning visiting one of the Zulu Villages close to St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal to experience a bit more about the Zulu Culture.
It’s been a busy and fun-packed few days. Tomorrow we head back to the peace of the bush for a couple of days looking for more wildlife.