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The banded mongoose is stocky and sturdy with a tail that is bushy and is practically as long as its body. Its grey-brown coat is thick and is characterised by bold black or dark brown stripes that run horizontally across the back. Banded mongooses that live in wetter conditions tend to be darker and even bigger than those occupying dryer areas. The underside of the animal is slightly lighter than the upper side, while the legs and the snout are darker. It has a large head with small, broad ears, and its limbs are short and strong. The sharp, strong claws are an important feature that allows them to search and dig for food.
Info source: https://www.sa-venues.com/wildlife/wildlife_banded_mongoose.php
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The photo was taken during January 2016 at Mabula Private Game Reserve, Rooiberg, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

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The ostrich is a member of a group of birds known as Ratites. They are flightless birds without a keel to their breastbone. They are very fast runners and can maintain an average speed of 50 km/h. Of the 8,600 bird species which exist today, the ostrich is the largest. They weigh 100-135 kg and can cause serious injury and death with a kick from its powerful legs. The ostrich has a long, curving, predominantly white neck and very large eyes (50 mm). The beak is flat and broad with a rounded tip. They have long, bare legs and stand tall at an average height of about 2.1 m. The humped body of the male is covered in black patches and the wings and tail are tipped with white. The female is brown and white.
Info source: http://southafrica.co.za/ostrich.html
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The photo was taken during September 2018 at Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

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The red-knobbed coot has all-black plumage with a white bill and frontal shield. 2 red knobs are found on the head, at the top of the shield. This bird has grey legs and a red eye. These red knobs are more conspicuous during the breeding season. As a swimming bird, its toes are partially webbed. The female is around the size of a small chicken, 39 cm long. The male is larger in size. The red-knobbed coot feeds mainly on plant matter, but will occasionally take insects. Monogamous, the red-knobbed coot builds a floating nest on a mound of vegetation. Lays up to 8 eggs. The coot is a highly territorial species and will try and bully any intruders, even geese up to twice their size. This coot is often seen running across the water, without flying. Found throughout South Africa, in a wide range of freshwater bodies. Absent from arid areas.
Info source: http://southafrica.co.za/red-knobbed-coot.html
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The photo was taken during July 2017 at Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

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