Baby hippos learning to swim, ostriches strolling on the seafront, the incredible sound of a lion roaring at night. All very special moments, as the animals around the country’s national parks seem to be making the most of their time without humans. And thanks to the staff of South African National Parks, the nation is being kept up to date on the goings-on at the dozen or more parks, from Kruger National Park to Table Mountain National Park.
1. A ranger at Kruger Park picked up this amazing roar of a lion at night:
The sound of the African bushveld at night; the roar of the majestic Kruger National Park lions.
Recorded by the Ranger, on his way home after patrol this evening, 7km east of Orpen Rest Camp. One of two dominant males in that area. A lion's roar can be heard over 7km away. pic.twitter.com/qERLtCo9qj
— Kruger National Park (@SANParksKNP) April 20, 2020
2. Also from Kruger came these pictures of a mother hippo and her baby in the Sabie River.
Day 22 (17 April) of #SALockdown in Skukuza camp was clean & fresh after the welcome rain from the previous night. These pics taken from the camp of hippo mom and calf in the Sabie River, which was quite full. I could almost hear the mom saying "stay close and you will be fine". pic.twitter.com/hR7g31FhOT
— Kruger National Park (@SANParksKNP) April 21, 2020
3. From Table Mountain National Park, this ostrich taking a stroll on the seafront.
An early morning patrol along the streets of Cape Point!! All in order boys 👮♂️ moving on 🐾#SANParks #LiveYourWild #tablemountainnationalpark #tablemountain #Nature #SALockdown #Lockdown South African National Parks
Posted by SANParks – Table Mountain National Park on Saturday, April 18, 2020
4. From Addo National Park, where we are more used to seeing elephants, proof of one very serious-looking leopard ….
Proof that Addo Elephant National Park actually does have leopard. This camera trap evidence is from the Nyathi section of the park about two weeks ago. #LiveYourWild @SANParks pic.twitter.com/7AioVp1keX
— SANParks Addo (@SANParksAENP) April 20, 2020
… and a king of the jungle.
— SANParks Addo (@SANParksAENP) April 17, 2020
5. In Mountain Zebra National Park, meanwhile. Gorgeous!
— SANParksMZNP (@SANParksMZNP) April 20, 2020
6. And let’s not forget the dung beetle.
— SANParks Addo (@SANParksAENP) April 21, 2020