Prickly situations in the night

I sometimes think that I’m just too adventurous for my own good! First it was encounters with snakes, but now I have upgraded to close encounters of the prickly kind!My first attempt to get a shot of the night sky spinning above usThe other night I walked out into the Kalahari to take some long [...]

By | 2017-11-26T19:43:41+00:00 March 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet the Gosa Meerkat Gang.

Spending a large chunk of the past 25 days with the Gosa meerkat gang has been a very enjoyable, and at the same time, fascinating experience.  Observing each individual meerkat go about their daily business of survival, against the magnificent backdrop of the Southern Kalahari, has made it impossible for us not project our human [...]

By | 2017-11-26T19:43:41+00:00 March 24th, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

the Gosa gang story before WE arrived

Nick took over as the meerkat habituator at Tswalu in early August 2011. The Gosa meerkat gang were known as the Gosa ground dam group at this time (named after the Gosa ground dam in the middle of their territory) and were 22 meerkats strong. Cleopatra was the alpha female, but Nick suspects that she [...]

By | 2017-11-26T19:43:41+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Collision with a cobra!

It was inevitable that on my wanderings through the Kalahari I would come across a cobra. However I never imagined it would be two separate incidents with two separate cobras about 20 minutes apart!!Picture the scene; its sunset, the meerkats are heading towards their burrow at Gosa Dam, and I am bumbling along behind them [...]

By | 2017-11-26T19:43:41+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Loss of Cleo’s Pups

Over the past few weeks, you have been with us as we followed the progress of our Alpha female Cleopatra and her journey towards motherhood. The WildEarth crew too have eagerly been awaiting the birth of her pups and the addition of 3-5 new little meerkat faces all belonging to our proud Cleo. That day [...]

By | 2017-11-26T19:43:41+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pete to fly across the Pond

While others are working hard in the Kalahari heat to get the meerkat broadcast up and running, I will be leaving (on a jet plane) to a much cooler US of A this weekend. Why, you ask? Well, there's another project WE've been working on for quite some time now... LIVE broadcasts from inside wolf [...]

By | 2017-11-26T19:43:42+00:00 March 14th, 2012|Uncategorized|3 Comments

A behind the scenes look at Gosa HQ

What do we do when we’re not following the Gosa gang through the Kalahari? Well, we do manly things such as cook, clean, do laundry and sweep out all the Kalahari sand that makes its way into our room! I invite you to sit back, relax, and let me take you on a virtual tour [...]

By | 2017-11-26T19:43:42+00:00 March 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Avoiding death in the desert

Gandalf’s lip curled as he steadied himself against the sky. With the sun behind it, wings tucked and talons locked forward, the hawk sped downward towards the Alpha male at an alarming rate. Its silhouette shadowing the fearless meerkat in an ominous grey vale that shrank rapidly across the Kalahari sand as the hawk closed [...]

By | 2017-11-26T19:43:42+00:00 March 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments