Southern Ground Hornbill
Compared to their body size the Southern Ground Hornbill’ are known to have the longest eyelashes around. That is not a fact, of course, just a personal observation. Over the last few years, I’ve spent a fair amount of time following families of these large birds as they move about the grasslands foraging for frogs, snails, lizards and snakes.
They are co-operative breeders with the dominant male and female breeding with the assistance of adults and immature helpers. Family groups can number anywhere from 4 to 8, and I love the fact that they roost in trees like chickens. Listed as Vulnerable in Southern Africa, nowadays they are confined mostly to National Parks and reserves.
In the Kruger Park, the authorities have signs around the visitor camps encouraging people to document their sighting of this bird. This helps provide visibility on bird numbers, family sizes and their locations. If you are out that way, get involved.
The Kruger National Park does offer the chance to self-drive and self-cater. It is so easy to do and grants you more independence that going via a safari company. And it’s cheaper
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