White Water Buffalo spotted
Bowdleflode News No. 49 – June 2022
White Water Buffalo makes a Scene
The white water buffalo
A rare white buffalo has been causing a scene in Tarangire National Park (Tanzania). The park, which is famed for its larger than life elephants, has been attracting hundreds of visitors and researchers keen to catch a glimpse of the animal for the first time.
The buffalo was spotted in an area where animals gather to drink water, causing many tourists who were in the reserve to start following him. The buffalo was the largest of the herd and mixed freely, most of the time standing in the middle. From the look of things the white buffalo has been part of the herd for a long time given the kind of association it had with the others with some observers saying it could have been born in the peripheries of the park.
White buffalos are rare, according to conservationists, just one out of every 10 million buffalo born are white and they are also considered sacred amongst certain communities.
The Tarangire National Park is located slightly off the popular northern Tanzania Safari Circuit, the park lies between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the south east and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Within the northern part of Tarangire is the permanent River Tarangire also known as the life-line of the park particularly in the dry season when most of the region is totally dry. The river flows northwards until it exits the park in the northwestern corner to pour its waters into Lake Burungi.
The Queen’s Green Canopy
The Queen and the Prince of Wales planting one of the trees
Over 12,000 trees have been planted in a national park in the UK, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Thirty sites across the South Downs in Sussex and Hampshire have received new trees for the Queen’s Green Canopy as part of the “Trees for the Downs” campaign, which has seen the planting of species including oak, black poplar and disease-resistant elms. Each tree will provide a home for wildlife and help with the national park’s dedicated nature recovery drive. The life-giving trees form a wonderful celebration of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and will be teeming with life in a few years.
Planning more trees is a key component of the national park’s ‘ReNature’ drive to create more space for public wildlife to flourish. The park’s ReNature campaign is a nature recovery drive, aiming to create 13,000 hectares, equivalent to roughly 21,000 football pitches, of new habitat for wildlife over the next decade.
The South Downs National Park Trust is now fundraising to plant more trees this year dedicated to the Queen to continue to help nature to thrive.
Zoobilee action at Whipsnade Zoo
Meerkat Bibbity posing with one of the picnic baskets
Meerkats Pixie and Bibbity at ZSL Whipsnade are getting on board with this year’s Jubilee celebrations! Keepers have surprised the pair by hiding their favourite foods inside wicker baskets underneath colourful, union jack bunting.
The inquisitive pair scampered all over their colourfully decorated habitat, looking for brown crickets and nutritious pellets.
Up to Sunday 5 June, the Zoo is throwing its very own Zoobilee festival, in tribute to its Royal Patron, HM Queen Elizabeth II. Predators Team Leader, Sarah Mcgregor said:
“With ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s visitors getting to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s reign at our Zoobilee this half-term, we thought our ever-curious meerkats should have the chance to join in on the fun. Four year-old Pixie is much bolder than Bibbity, so she wasted no time investigating the brightly coloured bunting and wicker hampers.”
Pixie and Bibbity love discovering and investigating new things, so this week’s Zoobilee at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a great excuse to give them a meal with a difference and get them using their natural scavenging skills.
Throughout the half-term school holidays, visitors can celebrate with a host of family fun and games including hook-a-duck, traditional lawn games, carousel and safari rides and face painting. Children are also encouraged to bring along their favourite teddy bear for the wildest Teddy Bear’s Picnic around, featuring sing-along-songs and storytelling, while the Native Species Zone will feature bug hunting and eco crafts, reflecting HM The Queen’s love of nature, and giving kids the opportunity to create ways to encourage wildlife to thrive in their own gardens and window boxes.
For more information and booking visit www.zsl.org
Bowdleflode of the Month
This month’s Bowdleflode has been created by Lily, age 9 from Dove Bank Primary School
“Touliowl has the head of a toucan, body of a lion, and the wings of an owlet. They stand tall at a whopping 100m and 100m wide. You can find them in their natural habitat – usually somewhere rocky and dusty. They like to eat birds of prey and in particular drink their blood!”
Thank you Lily for your exciting creation and addition to our Wildlife Park!