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Update on Sibuya’s Orphan Babies

After the trauma of the last few days we have to look to the future and now start to dwell on the positives.  Binki, Sibuya’s 11 and a half month old calf has been put in a boma with another orphaned older calf. Almost immediately they joined up and started grazing together which led the vet and carers to decide that she should just be left to graze. Although milk was put in a trough for her just in case, she ignored it and so far seems to be doing well without it.

Binki
The baby started off well and took to the bottle immediately on arrival at the sanctuary which was a huge relief. However as the sedatives wore off she became very traumatised and stopped drinking. The vet and carers decided to give her more sedative and very fortunately she started drinking from the bottle again.
Fortunately now she is no longer sedated and is accepting her bottle from her surrogate “mum” naturally and without drugs.
This is great news and although not out of the woods we are all cautiously optimistic.

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Sibuya Game Reserve in Mourning

Sadly the heartbreak continues for Sibuya Game Reserve as Bingo died at 6.30 pm yesterday.
The day after he was downed (Thursday), the Vet noticed a white discolouration in his right eye – something seen before in similar cases and it is thought caused by the blood pressure building up from being down for so long. Unfortunately what we didn’t know was that by Friday night he had gone blind in both eyes and during the night he stumbled down the hill and into the Estuary. When we found him he was in the water in deep mud with a sheer cliff behind him. It was obvious that he had been struggling to try and get up the steep bank but kept slipping back into the mud. We spent the entire day putting rocks and branches around him to give him a foothold in the mud and cutting away at the bank so he could hopefully walk out. Sadly, although he managed to get out of the river a couple of times, he could not see the pathway despite our coaxing, calling and even prodding. By 6 o clock, with the day fading and the tide coming in, it was achingly clear that he had run out of strength, unable to help himself any longer and was about to drown in the rising water. The terrible devastating decision was taken to put him to sleep and save him further agony, fear and suffering.

Bingo
During the day I had a call from reception to say that a man was there sobbing and asking what he could to do help and at least could he please make a donation. The Receptionist said it was so tough for them as they hadn’t seen a grown man cry before… well as Bingo drifted off, there wasn’t a dry eye from the Vet to the toughest APU member at the scene. After days of almost breaking down emotionally, the final loss of our beloved Bingo was just too much to bear.

RIP Bingo – all who have met you have been blessed by the experience. I am so sorry that there was so much pain and suffering in the end, but please know we were always only trying to do what we thought was best for you.

Your loving Sibuya family who have found joy in your majesty.

Latest news from Sibuya Game Reserve

The last couple of months of Summer have been graced with a profusion of magnificent colourful BUTTERFLIES, flitting, sailing and swooping among the shrubs and flowers. The tiny SPOTTED SAILER (Neptis saclava marpessa) proving to be an easy photographic target as its flight is slow and it settles on wet earth and fermenting plant matter on the forest floor. A variety of large, showy swallowtails … CITRUS SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio demodicus demodicus), MOCKER SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio dardanus cenea), and the GREEN BANDED SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio wireus lyaeus) were a common sight daily but proved to be more challenging to photograph as their swift dancing flight made one into a clumsy, not often successful pursuer!


A Familiar Sight – The Citrus Swallowtail feeding on Plumbago nectar


A Mocker Swallowtail


Common Dotted Border

ELLA’S STORY

The Tortoise and the Electric Fence

One morning at the end of March I was driving into RIVER CAMP and had to pass through an electric gate. At the gate I noticed that the electric fence was shorting and looking around, I noticed a big LEOPARD TORTOISE (Geochelone pardalis)… the biggest I have ever come across… caught in the bottom wires of the fence. The tortoise had got stuck between two wires, one touching the front of the shell and the other touching the back. I didn’t know how long it had been there but knowing the strength of the electric fence, I thought it would probably be dead but still had a little hope as I saw what I thought was some foot movement. Heading straight to River Camp I collected Sydney and together we went back up to the electric gate to try and make a plan to remove the tortoise. Luckily we had a few plastic cooler boxes on the back of the truck and using one of the lids, Sydney thought he could push the tortoise back through the two wires. As soon as he touched the stranded creature, it started making a deep, hoarse hissing sound and we were hugely relieved to discover for certain that it was still alive! This made us even more determined to save it and eventually Sydney managed to push it far enough so that only one wire was touching the shell. By lifting the last electric wire with the lid, we were able to pull the tortoise free. We released it far away from the fence into some long lush grass. Feeling very relieved, we stood and watched it move slowly away to freedom.


The Rescued Leopard Tortoise

Fishing in the KARIEGA RIVER has been extremely fruitful and guests have feasted on their own freshly caught fish and MUD CRABS (Scylla serrate)… see our FACEBOOK SITE FOR CHRIS’ RECIPE FOR CRAB AND PRAWN CURRY!! http://tinyurl.com/c463t8y


A mighty fine catch – Fresh Cob for dinner

Hearty congratulations to Sarah and Phil Daniels from the UK who honoured us by choosing to get married at SIBUYA in February (see the photograph and comments on our Facebook) http://tinyurl.com/c6dmvwr

Thank you for choosing us to host your very special day. We wish you love and happiness forever and look forward to your return visit! http://www.sibuya.co.za/en/comments

The SIBUYA FAMILY said a sad farewell to our Dutch student at the end of February. Thank you for your vitality and dedication Sebastian…and also of course, a few good parties! We wish you luck with your career and hope that one day you will return. Migle from Denmark and Kelyn (Kel) Hofmeyr finish their term with us at SIBUYA at the end of April… we thank you both for your input and hard work and hope you’ll be happy wherever you go… please return to see us one day!


Memorable sunsets make for memorable stays

Memorable stays at SIBUYA are made that much more so due to our extremely passionate, committed and hard-working team…many thanks to them all… we couldn’t do it without their combined effort!

PLEASE NOTE! YES! YOU CAN HELP!

SIBUYA RHINO FOUNDATION IS NOW UP AND RUNNING!

Your donation will be greatly appreciated in helping us to protect our precious rhino. For more information please visit the Sibuya Rhino Foundation & Anti-Poaching page.

To all you lovely people who have visited us at SIBUYA, we wish you “HAPPY DAYS!” and look forward to welcoming you here again soon!

Best wishes from Carol and the SIBUYA TEAM.

Many thanks to Chris Ovens and Justin for the use of their stunning pics.

Sibuya Game Reserve

Sibuya has recently started team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.

If you are planning an African Safari, or want to stay at a Game Reserve in South Africa, or a Game Reserve near the Garden Route, or are looking for that perfect Game Reserve Wedding Venue, then why not visit Sibuya for that ultimate African Bush Experience! Sibuya is a Malaria Free Game Reserve

Sibuya Game Reserve News

We bade farewell to Tanya Prinsloo, Ross Christie and Kerrow Miller this year and wished them well in their new ventures.

We are delighted to welcome Mike and Karen Pearson back to the SIBUYA family and look forward to many years of working together. Thank you for choosing to come back to us…

Ella West, who was a student with us last year, opted to stay on as a permanent team member and we take this opportunity to thank her for boundless hours of dedication!

Werner Taljard (Guide) and Nikki Goodall (Cheetah Project and General Assistant) joined us in November and were immediately absorbed into the web as we launched into an extremely busy season.


Kari & Mike Pearson (familiar faces return) | Nikki & Werner (new faces)

Our lives have been made a lot easier as a result of having some international hospitality students to assist us and expand their experience… Joeri Jansen and Sebastian Sap from Holland and Toni Tesauro from USA… we thank you for your energy and input.

As Joeri leaves us,we bid him a fond farewell and welcome a new student from Denmark, Migle Daugnorinti. We hope she enjoys being part of the SIBUYA FAMILY and that she benefits from the experience.


Joeri, Toni and Migle


Joeri and Sebastian

Memorable stays at SIBUYA are made that much more so due to our extremely passionate, committed and hard-working team… many thanks to them all… we couldn’t do it without their combined effort!

Please Note! Yes You Can Help!

Sibuya Rhino Foundation is now up and running!

Your donation will be greatly appreciated in helping us to protect our precious rhino.

For more information please visit our Rhino Foundation and anti-poaching page

Sibuya Game Reserve

Sibuya has recently started team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.

If you are planning an African Safari, or want to stay at a Game Reserve in South Africa, or a Game Reserve near the Garden Route, or are looking for that perfect Game Reserve Wedding Venue, then why not visit Sibuya for that ultimate African Bush Experience! Sibuya is a Malaria Free Game Reserve