Dung Beetle, Safari Guide, South Africa – GoHop ie – Unravel Travel TV

Ranger, Chris Herbst talks about Dung Beetles during a Safari Game Drive at the Thanda Nani Game Lodge located on a 7,000 ha Private Game Reserve 10 minutes East along the N4 from the Malelane entrance to the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Dung Beetles are beetles that feed partly or exclusively on feces. Many dung beetles are noted for rolling dung into round balls, which are used as a food source or brooding chambers. Other dung beetles, known as tunnelers, bury the dung wherever they find it. A third group, the dwellers, neither roll nor burrow: they simply live in manure. The "rollers" roll and bury a dung ball either for food storage or for making a brooding ball. In the latter case, two beetles, one male and one female, will be seen around the dung ball during the rolling process. Usually it is the male that rolls the ball, with the female hitch-hiking or simply following behind. In some cases the male and the female roll together. When a spot with soft soil is found, they stop and bury the dung ball. They will then mate underground. After the mating, both or one of them will prepare the brooding ball. When the ball is finished, the female lays eggs inside it, a form of mass provisioning. Thanda Nani Game Lodge is a 3 Star property. The reserve has a breeding program where rare and endangered species like Sable and Roan antelope are bred before being released on the main reserve, disease free buffalo also roam the reserve with over 150 white and Black Rhinos - making it the largest private collection of Rhinos in the world! Herds of Eland, Red Hartebeest, Tssesebe, Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala and Blue Wildebeest roam freely. The more elusive Bushbuck, Nyala and Duiker can also be seen while Baboon, Monkey, Ostrich and Warthog are in abundance. Leopard, Jackal and the other smaller cats, i.e. Serval, Genet, are spotted occasionally. Bush Babies and over 50 bird species are found around the lodge. http://www.GoHop.ie offer holidays to South Africa. The untamed wildlife is undoubtedly one of the country's main attractions with reserves like Kruger and Hluhluwe National Park allowing tourists to catch a glimpse of the 'big five' (lions, rhinos, buffaloes, elephants and leopards) roaming the South African plains along with thousands of other animal and plant life. For prices on holidays to South Africa visit http://www.GoHop.ie Unravel Travel TV flew to South Africa with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. LIVE broadcast Unravel Travel TV http://www.unraveltraveltv.com Unravel Travel TV on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/UnravelTravelTV Unravel Travel TV Twitter http://www.twitter.com/UnravelTravelTV Unravel Travel TV Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/unraveltraveltv Unravel Travel TV Website http://www.unraveltravel.eu