ANIMALS & BIRDS
Elephants are wondrous creatures to watch especially at
a waterhole. Some facts about elephant's
digestion may help to demonstrate why the dung beetle is
so important to this park ,and why rangers were very worried
about their decline.
An adult elephant deposits upwards of 330 pounds (150 kilos)
of dung every day - about one consignment every 15 minutes.
Prior to the expansion of the park, this meant that the
dung beetles had an enormous clearing up job, and they were
just not coping.
The flightless dung beetle is found almost exclusively in
this park (other dung beetles can fly), and are important
to the ecology of the area.
No citrus fruits may be taken into Addo as elephants have
such a craving for them, that one whiff of an orange could
send them crazy, and could mark the end of you and your
The cruellest irony is that the region has many citrus
groves - which is an unkind twist of fate for the Addo elephants!
are commonly seen in Addo, and evenings are punctuated by
their strident howls.
Cape buffalo, black
rhino, kudu, eland,
red hartebeest and springbok
all graze on their preferred grasses or bushes and highly
are there but rarely seen. With the consolidation of the
land expansion, lion
will be reintroduced to complete the 'Big Five'.
Furthermore, with the park now stretching to the shores
of the Indian Ocean, whales and dolphins will swell the
Addo’s birding opportunities are accentuated by the
contrasting habitats of dense thickets interspersed with
open grassy areas and wooded kloofs. Look out for martial
and crowned eagles, olive bush shrikes, yellowthroated warblers,
Cape batis, black korhaan and