Later in the afternoon we had a lecture from Giles Gush, the owner of Woodbury Tented Camp, about some paleontology discoveries that had occurred on Amakhala in 1845 when Dr William Guybon Atherstone and Mr. Andrew Geddes Baines discovered the jaw of a Stegosaurus, Paranthodon africanus. This discovery is the first to have occurred in Southern Africa. However it was not officially identified until 1994, despite the efforts of these men. Following this we had a presentation about Brown Hyenas conducted by Jess Comley, a grad student of Dr. Parker’s. She discussed the unique features of this species and that her study showed that Brown Hyena can have more successful population growth on smaller, more enclosed reserves with other carnivores present, rather than on open, large arid areas. This presentation showed us some of the opportunities which we could aspire to in the future.
Dinner this evening consisted of lamb stew, mashed potato, vegetables and fresh bread, with milk tart for dessert. After dinner, our instructors revealed the big surprise they had been keeping from us all day: our very first night game drive! While on the drive we saw some of the more nocturnal species like Springhare, Cape scrub hare, Black-backed Jackals and had an up close and personal encounter with the lioness and her two sub-adult offspring until they went off to meet up with the male lion. The experience with the lions was a heart racing event for those on the Land Rover, but an experience not to be missed!
Our day ended back at the dining hall for tea, coffee and hot chocolate to warm up with, before departing to our tents for the night.