The two Black Rhino that were brought back to their home country from England and released into the re-habituation boma at Singita Grumeti Reserves were observed mating! Guests that had visited us in the past were here for the happy occasion, and were able to view the extended session. Courting and mating takes a long time and once they start mating the male will remain on the female for as long as forty to fifty minutes. Lifting his bulk onto the female is quite an effort so once he has mounted her he tends to stay mounted until they have completed the act. Black Rhino are endangered and there are very few of them in the wild today. The largest population is in South Africa but here at Grumeti Reserves we have a program in place that is designed to return them to their natural habitat.
The birdlife on the Grumeti this month has been lovely with some new additions being observed out on the Gambaranyera plains to the West. Species included collared pratincole, Madagascar bee-eater and Hartlaub’s bustard. We were very excited to see black and white mannikin here on Sasakwa hill as they moved through in a flock of twenty or so individuals.
When one reads about the Serengeti it evokes images of old-fashioned adventure. But it is like appreciating God’s creations; or if put in another way, it’s a place visited by God’s chosen ones, it is a welcome to his paradise. And I never thought I would experience it from an eagle’s eye perspective.
We have had some lovely bird viewing this month as always. There are anywhere between 450 and 500 species of bird recorded here in the greater Serengeti ecosystem, depending on what time of year it is. The summer months are wonderful as there are always great numbers of migratory species stopping over or passing by.