|Stunning mountains and Crocodile River view from our visit to Wild & Free Rehabilitation in Hectorspruit.|
|Blue-tailed skink lizard, one of many that hang around a Crocodile River overlook.|
After our focus on the two stories about our visit to Wild & Free Rehabilitation and the posts regarding Bovine Tuberculosis, we’re still reeling over the hard facts and reality for wildlife victims of this dreadful disease.
|Three girls stopped by to check out the pellet situation.|
It’s not easy rolling back into our usual mode of the joys of life living in the bush, embracing every visitor that comes our way, both human and animal. But, as we promised, we’ll continue on the path of past posts, although occasionally, we may address more issues as they become relevant in our remaining time in Africa and all over the world in years to come.
Did our stories affect any change? We’re hoping change may come based on the number of people who read the stories on our site and Facebook, including several Marloth Park pages.
|Lots of elephants on the hill by the Crocodile River in Kruger, as seen from Marloth Park.|
During our short remaining eight months in Africa, we may never know. Change doesn’t come easily for many, regardless of the circumstances. When people realize that certain habits are destructive for their health, well-being, and longevity and don’t make the necessary changes, it’s unlikely that charges will be made for wildlife.
|Another scene of the Crocodile River from our visit to Wild & Free Rehabilitation in Hectorspruit.|
In a way, it’s a part of the human condition. Most of us are not amenable to change. We find comfort in the usual, the status quo, the expected, and the familiar. In many ways, we’re just like animals here in Marloth Park and throughout the world.
They, too, find comfort in the familiar, treading on some of the same paths, visiting the same favorite spots, only wandering away when food supplies or mating opportunities are diminishing in familiar territory.
|Baby and mom bushbuck often stop by for a visit and always stand at the bottom of the steps to the veranda.|
Yesterday, we had our cement pond emptied, cleaned, and refilled with fresh water and will continue to have this done weekly. No, we won’t stop tossing handfuls of pellets, carrots, and apples to the visiting wildlife. Throwing the pellets, fruit, and vegetables is certainly less harmful than feeding wildlife in unwashed bowls and troughs.
None of us are perfect. We do the best we can. Let’s face it, people come to Marloth Park for the wildlife, for interacting with the wildlife, unlike anywhere else in the world.
|Yep, finally, we were able to get a photo of four bushbabies on the small stand. Now, we’re trying for five.|
Recently, we asked our readers to tell us of any other place in the world like Marloth Park. We didn’t receive a single reply. Without the wildlife, Marloth Park would be another lovely bush suburb with friendly people, lots of birds, and its fair share of insects and mozzies in the summer months.
We can only hope that awareness will ultimately have an impact. Isn’t that the case with everything? When do we see videos of a dying beached whale who swallowed 80 plastic bags from the garbage in our oceans? Who’s listening? Who willingly and conscientiously will make a change?
|Mating season. This kudu couple stops by together every few days.|
There are factions of our world population who don’t care. We’ve seen this in many countries in which we’ve lived over the years. We had chosen not to eat the local fish in many locations when the oceans were filled with sewage and garbage, and the beaches were challenging to navigate due to all of the trash and toxicity.
Oh, I could go on and on about environmental and conservation issues but, I’ve said my piece, and now we’re back to sharing the intricacies of our daily lives while living in Africa.
|Ostrich was walking down the road when we went out for “sundowners” (drinks while watching the sunset), a popular undertaking here in South Africa.|
Today, we’re off to Komatipoort for shopping. I need to purchase a heavy sweater or sweatshirt if I can find such a thing. The temperature is very cool now, 15C (59F) in the mornings and even cooler at night. During the daylight hours, it warms up considerably, and it’s pretty comfortable. We don’t want to be indoors for fear we’ll miss something extraordinary.
|Those are some mighty big warts on Wart Face. Those by his tusks are so big, they droop.|
And wonderful it is, and excellent it will continue to be. We’re grateful, eternally grateful, and without a doubt, humbled by the world around us.
|And then, the sun began its final descent.|
Thank you for continuing to sharing it all with us!
Photo from one year ago today, June 7, 2017:
|As a part of the landscape at Butchart Gardens, this opening provided an exciting view for visitors. For more photos, please click here.|