The Linyanti Reserve is highly populated with animals particularly
in the dry winter months when elephants
concentrate in enormous numbers at the rivers and waterholes.
Thousands of zebra spend
the winter in the Linyanti before heading south to the Savuti
in November in expectation of summer rains and good grazing.
The particularly beautiful sable
and roan antelopes are found here
and red lechwe and the aquatic
sitatunga antelope inhabit
The main predators are lion,
wild dog and hyena.
A smaller carnivore and efficient predator sometimes seen,
is the serval.
This feline catches rodents and birds by silently pouncing
on them and has a creditable 50% success rate.
Bat-eared foxes are the
cutest of the small carnivores and prey on insects, scorpions,
mice and small birds.
Birdlife is abundant here
and particularly vocal with a magnificent dawn chorus. Daytime
noises include incessantly grunting hippos
and trumpeting elephants, while the night brings roaring
lions and laughing hyenas.