part of a semi-wild herd in a fenced reserve
A friend of mine had set his backpack down on the beach while he went swimming in the ocean. Those of us still on the beach saw a huge baboon walking towards us (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1198219). We all took a few steps back, but the monkey went straight for the backpack and started rustling through its contents. One of my professors through his flip-flops at it, but the baboon did not leave. Eventually, it dragged the pack up to the top of the sand dune. None of us were sure what to do to recover the bag. Suddenly, out of nowhere, an ostrich came running straight at the baboon. The baboon took off running down the beach, and the ostrich simply turned around and walked away.
As we were driving to Pullen Farm, I caught a brief glimpse of a male ostrich just off the left side of the road.
Ostrich (Struthio camelus subsp. australis)
About 50 toddlers, with two adult females. Tony Rebelo has observed that all South African ostriches, including those in all our nature reserves except St Lucia, are hybrids
A ratite is any of a diverse group of large, flightless birds of the superorder Palaeognathae. There is still some controversy regarding the systematics involved. Some sources state that Ratites are synonymous with Struthioniformes, while other sources state that Ratites are the same group, only that the order Struthioniformes contains only the Ostrich and possibly the Elephant Bird. Ratites belong to the modern bird superorder Palaeognathae which consists of ratites and tinamous (compare to Neognathae). Unlike...