13:30 Looks like lunch time for 'Oscar'.
Oscar is having his breakfast, munching on some tasty grass! Beautiful creature.
Good morning Oscar or whichever you are!
Thanks for all the information, Robert! I love both of the views, Oscar or no Oscar. I always feel a little more peaceful after watching for a few minutes.
Tortoises are generally solitary creatures although they do hang out together when needs must. A watering hole, a muddy puddle, a nice patch of vegetation... in the months to come the females and more males migrate up to the highlands in search of food and water. As they are attracted to the same geographical areas on account of the available natural resources they invariably cross paths and that is when mating takes place. A rather one sided event, with the males chasing down the females in a slow motion chase and then mounting them rather like a monster truck! The males have concave plastrons (the underside of their shells) that allow them to keep upright and not slip off during this delicate procedure! Mating can last hours and is accompanied by occasionally thrusts and a loud grunt!
Thanks for all the info Robert. Something I've always wondered, are tortoise's solitary creatures or do they 'hang out' together occasionally?
Yes, there are at least eight big fellas on the property right now and we're just moving into the season when a lot more will be arriving, including the females. But we're limited to the length of the cable and so the garden view or the pond view are the best options we've got. I could put the camera on top of the hotel and you will see more tortoises and a more expansive view, but you won't see them close up, nor as intimately as you can now, all be it occasionally....
And now we are back to the garden view. I think 'Oscar' moves to whichever place isn't being shown?Robert, Are there more turtles (other than Oscar)?
And now we are back to the 'puddle' view.
Hello Oscar! Thank you Robert.
Oh there's the giant tortoise - Oscar, and the webcam is back to the lovely garden.
Audrey - Glad you're enjoying Zambia too. I think I prefer the other view on this webcam. I saw Oscar several times there and once, maybe twice here at the pond. On the other webcam, I also got a glimpse of a couple of dogs.
Hi Lucy, I was lucky enough to see a herd of elephants, impala and baboons on the Zambia webcam, didn't want to stop watching.I have to say that at the moment I think I prefer the other view as I've seen Oscar more on that one.
For you nature loving Skyline travelers, check out the webcams in Zambia. It's wonderful to see the variety of wild animals. You hate to leave in case you miss something. I'll check back later for Oscar.