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Tuesday, September 27, 1994
Part of the Kwazulu - Natal Park System, HLUHLUWE UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE is situated in north Zululand, 280 km north of Durban. The reserve (pronounced Shu - Shlu - wee) was established on April 27, 1897 and is one of the oldest game reserves in Africa. This Reserve of approximately 96000 hectares in extent is home of the "BIG 5" - Lion -- Leopard -- Rhino -- Buffalo & Elephant.
Hluhluwe is characterized by hilly topography and is thus a particularly scenic reserve. The area is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life.
Although termed in two categories as "white" and "black", there is actually no difference in colour between the two types. The White Rhinoceros has a square lip, is a grazer, is larger and carries his heavier head downwards. The Black Rhinoceros is smaller, has a pointed lip and is a browser. Being very short-sighted has made him very aggressive and he will charge vehicles, so please do stay in your vehicle and don't get too close to these magnificent animals and like we did, prepare to leave in a hurry if you feel threatened.
Long legs and a very long neck, make the GIRAFFE one of Southern Africa's most unusual mammals ( mammals are animals that nurse their young). But these oddities do enable the Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) to feed on leaves and seed-pods at a height where grass-eating animals cannot reach. Although the Giraffe has a height of 5.5 metres, it has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as a tiny sparrow. Giraffes have two bones that stick up from the tops of their heads. These are covered with tufts of hair and look like horns
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