Photos: Welgevonden Reserve
Blue cranes on the southern grasslands.
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Perhaps the most successful of Welgevonden’s species, the crocodile is so perfectly adapted for predation that it has not needed to evolve for millions of years.
Smoke-filled air – after days of bush fires created the quality of light through which this elephant moved.
The most imposing of Welgevonden’s trees, the wild fig sustains a complex ecosystem. Fruiting several times a year, it is a food source for birds, bats, baboons and vervet monkeys.
Leopards find ideal habitat in Welgevonden’s wooded valleys and rocky hillsides. Solitary, patient and wonderfully camouflaged, leopards were the only one of the big five still to be found in Welgevonden at the time the reserve was created.
In the days after a bush fire a lioness loses her camouflage. The Waterberg has one of the highest rates of lightning strikes on earth, and fire plays a key role in the natural regeneration of the bush and the maintenance of biodiversity.
Thirteen centimetres of miniature brilliance belong to the pygmy kingfisher.
Welgevonden Seqkwa Plain
Skills acquired by young lions through playing are critical to later success at hunting.