Botswana Wildlife Behaviour


Learn about animal behavior and why animals do what they do in the wild - and what signals to look out for while you are on safari in Botswana.
This Botswana Wildlife Guide explains why Botswana is considered one of Africa's premier wildlife countries and great choice for African safaris...
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Snakes are a huge part of the psyche of humankind, striking irrational fear into the minds of most people. Growing up on a farm where snakes were a part...
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Animal Behaviour changes over time to adapt to changing climatic and situational changes and today the human impact is felt mostly when it comes to...
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Throughout history animals have been affected by environmental factors, with some species dying out and others adapting to the changes and becoming...
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The general view of African wildlife is one of healthy animals roaming the plains, with the sick and wounded not surviving, but there are many cases of...
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This Botswana Wildlife Behaviour Guide explains the differences between grazers, browsers or carnivores. It also describes meat-eating herbivores...
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Many aspects of wildlife behavior do not fit the African safari beauty of glossy brochures, with animal infanticide being particularly gruesome...
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This Botswana Wildlife Guide talks about communication patterns of wildlife species - from warning calls to Elephants emitting ultra-sonic sounds...
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This Botswana Wildlife Guide gives ideas about why animals are moving. It explains zebra migrations, nomadism and the role of competition...
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If an animal has small or large ears or pinnae depends on its habitat. This Botswana Wildlife Guide about the hearing sense of animals explains why Kudus...
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This Botswana Wildlife Guide about the animal sense of sight shows how the animal's developed eyes are needed for moving, finding food and avoiding...
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The sense of smell is widely used in animal bevaviour. This Botswana Wildlife Guide shows how wildlife can detect food, competitors, sexual readiness...
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Although once presumed to be only the preserve of a human, animals are now known to use assistance in the form of physical objects such as twigs and...
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Animal dung, so often overlooked when on safari in Africa, can provide researchers with a great deal of information regarding the feeding habits of...
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Baboons are fascinating to watch and on many occasions they have provided a highlight during game drives. I have often wondered at our fascination with...
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Are animals capable of thought or are their actions based on instinct? I know many subscribe to the latter but I have seen one incident that has me...
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I studied a troop of baboons in the Okavango Delta for over a year. The troop roosted in the trees on an island across from the lodge and every morning...
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This Botswana Wildlife Guide describes the various habitats from the Kalahari Desert to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Linyanti Swamp and Okavango Delta...
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The Kingfishers of Africa are some of the most colourful creatures of the African wilderness and despite their name feed on a variety of prey besides....
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Botswana is a wildlife paradise and is home to some very interesting animal behaviour that has evolved through natural forces and through human...
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This Botswana Guide describes how species communicate with each other, what their alarm or distress calls mean or what their body posture tells...
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This Botswana animal behaviour guide explains that animals show emotion. For example, Elephants mourn their dead or baboons carry their dead babies...
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Botswana is known to have the highest elephant population in Africa, with the Chobe River supporting up to 50 000 in the dry season when the water in the...
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Botswana is renowned for having the greatest concentration of Elephants in Africa, but what is not mentioned is that other animals also occur in large...
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Inter-species dominance comes into play when food is scarce. This Botswana Wildlife Guide tells of Giraffes fighting back and an interaction between...
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Playing is very important for young wildlife. This Botswana Wildlife Guide explains how cubs learn important survival techniques while playing...
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Due to human carelessness some species such as Hyena, Baboons and Monkeys begin to associate humans with food and then will become a 'problem'...
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In this Botswana Wildlife Guide the interaction between specific species, called symbiosis, is described. Animals warn each other or pick parasites off...
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Journal Entry, 1997: The lioness got up from the elephant carcass and walked towards the waterhole. She was soon followed by two others. As the first...
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The regions of northern Botswana are the Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari and Savute. Lions living in Savute are known to be Elephant killers...
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The Matabele ants are aptly named after an African tribe that destroyed everything in their path as they swept through south and central Africa in the...
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This Botswana Wildlife Guide explains the different mating rituals and how animals reach dominance. It's interesting that Hyena society is female...
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One of the fascinating aspects of the wildlife of Africa is the distinctive colours and patterns on show, and behaviour associated with each animals that...
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The Pel's Fishing Owl is the second largest owl in Africa. It feeds almost exclusively on fish and lives in dense forests near rivers. They are shy and...
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This Botswana Wildlife Guide explains which of the predator hunting techniques, stamina, stealth, power, speed, patience, smell, sound or sight, is used...
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The African Wilderness, with all its predators, is a place where adapting survival skills is key and many species have adapted unique ways to protect...
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This Botswana Wildlife Guide about scavenging in the African wilderness will clear up if Hyenas or Lions are scavengers. Find out on a Botswana Safari...
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This Botswana Wildlife Guide explains area specific differences of species. The differentiation can be made between wildlife living in wetlands or...
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Animals adapt various strategies to survive in the wild, and no place showcases the adaptations of wildlife better than in the spectacular wilderness...
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One of the most common survival techniques animals use is camouflage. They have adapted to their environment. The animals of Africa have adapted in a...
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The African wilderness is a dangerous place for those with limited survival skills, and as such the animals that live there have all developed their own...
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The dangers for animals in Africa begin from the day of their birth and because of this they have to adapt survival techniques from the very start, or...
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The Botswana Wildlife explains that most animals have territories or home ranges and the sizes are affected by availability of food and terrain....
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It's interesting that hyenas are dominant over lions. This Botswana guide explains why the king of the beasts is not on top of the predator chain...
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I have often been ridiculed for my fascination with 'dung and dust'. In today's mindset, a wilderness experience is considered primarily a big five one...
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