Lapalala Reserve Report – November 2019

The first rains have fallen on Lapalala and the conditions are currently ideal for controlled burning. Controlled burning is the skillful application of fire to an area to accomplish specific

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Lapalala Reserve Report – October 2019

Lapalala is currently refurbishing the maintenance workshop adjacent to the headquarters’ offices. One of the improvements is a professionally built gas stall. Compressed gas cylinders contain gas under significant pressure,

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Lapalala Reserve Report – September 2019

Our second (and final) pride of reintroduced lions was released from the boma onto the reserve. Although the lions – one male and three females – are all slightly younger

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Lapalala Reserve Report – November 2018

CHEETAH COLLARING Lapalala is expecting to introduce between four and six cheetah in the next few months. The sourcing of cheetah is complicated due to the endangered status of the

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Lapalala Reserve Report – October 2018

ELEPHANT ARRIVAL Our third elephant herd has arrived from Makalali Game Reserve and it was a touching moment to see the group of three females, a young bull and a

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Lapalala Reserve Report – September 2018

THE MILKWEED LOCUST At this time of year you might run into an army of these large, bright-yellow and black hoppers in Lapalala. They are the nymphs of the green

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Lapalala Reserve Report – August 2018

PROTECTING TREES WITH NEEM OIL  In a bid to protect trees from elephant damage, Lapalala has started spraying selected trees with organic neem oil, which is a natural deterrent to

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Lapalala Reserve Report – July 2018

GOODBYE TO PHD STUDENT VANESSA WANDJA After having spent the past 12 months with us, our roan antelope researcher, Vanessa Wandja, has completed her fieldwork and has moved to Pretoria

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Lapalala Reserve Report – June 2018

ARCHITECTURE WITH GABION WALLS Traditional stone gabions have a place in any rehabilitation plan and are particularly useful for rehabilitating degraded drainage channel and donga systems. Lapalala currently has a

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Lapalala Reserve Report – May 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT! The yellow-billed hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) is a fascinating ground-foraging bird and a common resident in Lapalala. Pairs of this bird are monogamous and have a unique way

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