Written by Glen Vena
All is well here, just cold and we’ve been having lots of rain lately. Well that is very good news to us as the Bushman’s River’s level has increased, I‘m sure that puts a smile on every person’s face on the reserve.
Struggling with lots of grass that is growing uncontrollably these days, with all the rain, so I’ve been trying to maintain it by trimming with the bush cutter around the camps. I have to keep that voltage on all electric fences round the camps at above 5000v, so it’s been crazy as the vegetation touching the electric fencing plays a big role in bringing the voltage down. However we have it under control.
The new land Rover is doing well and she is keeping up with the tough life on the reserve and she has impressed me big time. I’ve still have not named her. Feels like I’m cheating on the old one that I used, Td5, she was the only one I ever named. She was very special, she is missed. Funny part is that I saw her in Port Elizabeth, not far from where my love (Glen’s girlfriend, Enthea) works and she was parked outside and she looked so good I had a tear in my eye!
Man, can you believe I’ve been sick too, eish the flu knocked me out for a whole week, never been away from work for so long unless Abagail, our Centre Manager, kicks me out to take leave. I had just got back - then Sidney, who cares for the cats with me, had the flu too. Just shows this winter is a bit colder than the others and it has been having an impact on some of us. On another note, all cats are doing well in these cold conditions, even the old ones - I mean the very old ones that I worry about every day! Nature hey! Never understand her.
Rehomed from Monaco Zoo in Jan 2008
Sirius looks well, although I never see much of him, and our guests are very lucky if they see him too. This leopard loves his privacy. As long as he is content and he lets me see him, to check he is okay, I’m happy.
Rescued from Romanian zoo in 2007
He is good, looks well, and eats well, roars well and very loud too! He is really cool! Cutting back the undergrowth in his camp is next on the to-do list as it is bit overgrown, as you can see. Sinbad loves his privacy too though, just like his next-door neighbour Sirius, they both enjoy being able to hide in the undergrowth.