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Bats

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Bat basics:

Two groups in South Africa: the bigger fruit bats and the smaller insect eating bats.

Fruit bats are never found in roofs.  They have a good sense of smell and big eyes and have excellent eyesight. They have no tail.   Insect-eating bats have strange face structures that help them navigate by using sound (echo-location).   They all have tails.   There are no vampire bats in Africa.

There is a very high death rate among young bats, especially as they have to learn the skills to fly. Only one baby is born per year.  Most bats live in stable colonies and many retain life-long bonds with their mothers.

Insect eating bats save energy when food supplies are low by hibernating. Many insect bats have to warm up slowly throughout the afternoon to be ready to fly in the evening. So, disturbing a hibernating bat can cost it its life, as an emergency rapid warming up can cost it 8-30 days of fat reserve. If a bat is found, place it in a shoe box with a cloth and release at night from a high ledge or second storey sill. (It may not fly immediately as it may need to warm up first.) Do not throw it into the air. Never stretch out a bat’s wings or hold it up by the wing tips; this distresses the bat and can result in broken bones.

Bats are clean animals and carry few parasites. None of these transfer to humans and they carry no disease. True rabies has never been found in a bat in South Africa. There is a popular belief that bat droppings carry a disease deadly to humans. This is an exaggerated belief. The disease, histoplasmosis, is caused by the spores of a fungus that grows in bird and bat droppings in enclosed damp areas. In South Africa it has been identified in the Cape and the Highveld. People who breathe in the spores may have mild flu-like symptoms. In 1-100,000 people it can develop into a serious disease. Histoplasmosis has never been found in dry bat guano in houses.  

Insect eating bats rid us of tons of night-flying insects, including mosquitoes. Fruit bats eat fruit and spit out the seeds. It has been estimated that 95% of new trees in tropical rainforests are as a result of bat seed distribution.

 

Ter verdediging van vlermuise

Ons land se vlermuise word in twee groepe verdeel: die groter vrugte-etende vlermuise en die kleiner insekte-etendes van die orde Chiroptera.

Vrugtevlermuise word nooit onder dakke aangetref nie. Die vrugtevlermuis se reuksintuig is hoogs ontwikkel en sy groot oë help hom om baie goed te sien. Hy het nie 'n stert nie. Insekte-etende vlermuise het eienaardige gesigvorms wat hulle in staat stel om hul rigting te vind deur klankuitstraling (eggo-plekbepaling). Hulle het almal sterte. Daar is geen bloedsuiende vampiere in Afrika nie.

Die vrektesyfer onder jong vlermuise is hoog, veral daaraan toe te skryf dat hulle die kuns om te vlieg moet aanleer. Slegs een kleintjie word per jaar gebore. Die meeste vlermuise lewe in stabiele kolonies en baie van hulle behou 'n lewenslange band met hul moeders.

Insekte-etende vlermuise bespaar energie in tye wanneer voedsel skaars is deur tot 'n staat  van oorwintering oor te gaan. Baie van hierdie soort vlermuise moet geleidelik opwarm tydens die duur van die middag om hulle vir die aand se vlieëry liggaamlik voor te berei. Om 'n vlermuis derhalwe te versteur tydens sy oorwinteringsproses kan sy lewe kos, aangesien 'n versnelde noodopwarmingproses tussen 8 en 30 dae se vetreserwes kan opgebruik.

In gevalle waar u op 'n vlermuis afkom, kan u dit snags uit 'n skoendoos met 'n warm bedekking vrylaat vanaf 'n uitsigpunt, soos 'n rotslys of die tweede verdieping van 'n huis. (Dit sal moontlik nie onmiddellik vlieg nie, aangesien dit nog nie opgewarm het nie.) Moenie die vlermuis in die lug opgooi nie. Moet nooit 'n vlermuis se vlerke uitrek nie of dit aan die vlerkpunte vashou nie — dit ontstel die vlermuis en kan veroorsaak dat daar beenbreuke ontstaan.

Marloth Park Honorary Rangers Winter Fair 2017

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It is that time of the year again! For the first time, we have built a partnership with BUCO hardware and would like to thank them for their generosity. The fair will be held at Henk van Rooyen Park from 09.00 to 16.00

We promise you a day of education, fun and entertainment for the whole family. Entry fees are R15 for adults and R10 for children under the age of 15.

A variety of events are on offer which include the following:

- Stalls

- Wild life displays including SAN Parks & Lowveld Venom Suppliers

- Beer Garden with live entertainment

- Food Court

- Auction

- Competitions and prizes – including our famous and popular bottle draw!

For stall holder enquiries please contact:Penelope Mayson 082 401 7051 /This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proceeds go towards environmental and conservation projects within Marloth Park. We invite you all to come and share a fun filled day with us.

Marloth Park Ereveldwagters Winter Kermis – 8 Julie 2017

Dit is weereens daardie tyd van die jaar! Vir die eerste keer het ons ‘n vennootskap met BUCO hardeware aangegaan en ons wil hulle hartlik bedank vir hulle vrygewigheid. Die kermis sal by Henk van Rooyen Park plaasvind van 09.00 tot 16.00

Ons beloof u ‘n dag van leersaamheid, pret en vermaak vir die hele gesin. Toegangs fooie is R15 vir volwassenes en R10 vir kinders onder die ouderdom van 15.

A verskeidenheid van aktiwiteite word aangebied soos die volgende:

- Stalletjies

- Omgewings uitstallings insluitende San Parks en Lowveld Venom Suppliers

- Bier Tuin met lewendige orkes

- Voedsel stalletjies

- Veiling

- Kompetisies en pryse – insluitende ons beroemde en populêre bottel trekking!

Vir stalletjie huur navrae contact asseblief:Penelope Mayson 082 401 7051 /This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opbrengste sal toegewy word aan omgewings en bewaring projekte in Marloth Park. Ons nooi almal uit om ‘n dag van pret saam met ons te deel.

Snippets and Tips

Snippets and Tips.
Following good rains Marloth is looking green and lush, but much of the greenery is not edible for
our animals. We still need to ask property owners to continue the planting of grass seed.
Alien plant removal is going well with the help of many people. However, much still needs to be
done. We can advise owners as to which plants to remove from their property.
Easter will soon be upon us with the influx of many visitors who we sincerely hope have a wonderful
time in our beautiful place.
Please would homeowners assist us by advising guests not to hand feed the animals.
Although they may appear tame, they are still wild. Some instances observed are: Feeding Zebra
while standing in a group of the animals, handfeeding Ostrich and allowing children to attempt to
feed Warthog that have piglets. Feeding of Primates should not be done at all as Baboons and Vervet
Monkeys become extremely aggressive over time. They could attack and seriously injure someone.
There have already been instances of aggressive behaviour by baboons towards people in Marloth
Park.
Please visit our Stall at the Easter Fair at Marlothii Trading Post. See our exhibits and we will gladly
help you with any queries you may have.
Brokkies en Wenke.
Na die goeie reën lyk Marloth groen en welig, maar baie van die groenigheid kan nie deur ons diere
gevreet word nie. Ons vra nog steeds dat grond eienaars sal aanhou op gras sade te plant.
Die verwydering van uitheemse plante gaan goed met die hulp van baie mense, maar daar is nog
baie werk wat gedoen moet word. Eienaars kan ons gerus kontak indien hulle advies nodig het vir
watter plante verwyder moet word.
Paasfees gaan binnekort met ons wees en dit gaan gepaard met ‘n instroming van baie besoekers.
Ons hoop van harte dat hulle ‘n wonderlike tyd in ons pragtig dorp gaan geniet.
Ons versoek huis eienaars om ons te help deur nie toe te laat dat gaste die diere met die hand
probeer voer nie. Selfs al lyk hulle mak, is dit nog steeds wilde diere. ‘n Paar voorbeelde wat ons al
opgelet het is die volgende: Om Sebras te voer terwyl die diere mense omring, pogings om volstruise
met die hand te voer en om toe te laat dat kinders probeer om vlakvarke te voer wat kleintjies het.
Die voer van bobbejane en ape word ten sterkste afgekeur omdat hierdie diere met die tyd verskriklik
aggresief word. Hulle kan mense aanval en baie ernstige beserings veroorsaak. Ons het alreeds
kennis geneem van bobbejane se aggressiewe gedrag teenoor mense in Marloth Park.
Kom kuier gerus by ons stalletjie tydens die Paasfees mark by Marlothii Handelspos. Kyk na ons
uitstallings en ons sal graag help met enige navrae.

PARTHENIUM HYSTEROPHORUS - DAMOINA BOSSIE

PARTHENIUM HYSTEROPHORUS - FAMINE WEED

 

Home owners of Marloth Park are urged to assist in the control of this dangerous, invasive, alien weed.

Description: Tall hairy stem, up to 1.5m high. Pale green, hairy leaves and prolific small white flowers.

Where: Roadsides, water courses and overgrazed land (Marloth Park)

Why Invasive: Parthenium can germinate and grow, mature and set seeds in 4 weeks.

It inhibits the growth of indigenous plants, and adults have up to 25000 seeds.

Health Risk: It is a skin and respiratory irritant to humans and exposure over prolonged periods can cause allergic dermatitis and asthma.

Control: Manual removal is recommended. Property owners can assist by removing plants from their stands. Always use gloves and goggles. Pull up the plants by their roots and bury deeply. It is preferable to do this before the plant seeds. DO NOT SLASH AS THIS SPREADS THE SEEDS.

Why do this: The assistance with the removal of this dangerous weed will benefit the veldt rehabilitation programme, the carrying capacity of our land and the future of Marloth Park.

For colour photographs, please visit www.marlothparkhonoraryrangers.co.za. Should you have a serious infestation on your property or should you need assistance please contact: USCHI POWELL 072 908 0350.

 

PARTHENIUM HYSTEROPHORUS - DAMOINA BOSSIE

 

Huis eienaars van Marloth Park word versoek om te help met die beheer van hierdiegevaarlike,  indringer, uitheemseonkruid.

Beskrywing: Lang, harigestam, tot 1.5m hoog. Liggroen, harige blare met digtekleinwitblommetjies.

Waar: Langspaaie, in water weëenoorbeweide veld (Marloth Park)

HoekomIndringer: Parthenium kan ontkiem, groei, volwasse status bereikensadevorm in net 4 weke. Dit inhibeer die groei van inheemseplanteenvolwasseplante kan tot 25000 sadevorm.

GesondheidsRisiko: Dit irriteer die velenrespiratoriesesisteem. Langduringekontak kan allergiese dermatitis enasmaveroorsaak.

Beheer: Fisieseverwydering word aanbeveel. Grondeienaars kan bydradeurplante van hulleerwe te verwyder. Dra altydhandskoeneenbrille. Trek die hele plante, insluitende die wortel, uitenbegrawebaiediep, verkieslikvoordatsadevorm. MOENIE DIE PLANT AFSNY NIE, WANT DIT VEROORSAAK DIE VERSPREIDING VAN SADE.

Hoekommoet dit gedoen word: Die verwydering van hierdie plant sal help met die veld rehabilitasie program, die drakapasiteit van die land en die toekoms van Marloth Park.

Om kleurfotos te sien, besoekgerus ons webwerf by www.marlothparkhonoraryrangers.co.za. Indien u ‘n ernstigebesmetting op u grond het, of indien u enigehulpnodig het kontakasseblief: USCHI POWELL 072 908 0350.

 

 

Snippets and Tips - March 2017

Snippets and Tips.
Following good rains Marloth is looking green and lush, but much of the greenery is not edible for
our animals. We still need to ask property owners to continue the planting of grass seed.
Alien plant removal is going well with the help of many people. However, much still needs to be
done. We can advise owners as to which plants to remove from their property.
Easter will soon be upon us with the influx of many visitors who we sincerely hope have a wonderful
time in our beautiful place.
Please would homeowners assist us by advising guests not to hand feed the animals.
Although they may appear tame, they are still wild. Some instances observed are: Feeding Zebra
while standing in a group of the animals, handfeeding Ostrich and allowing children to attempt to
feed Warthog that have piglets. Feeding of Primates should not be done at all as Baboons and Vervet
Monkeys become extremely aggressive over time. They could attack and seriously injure someone.
There have already been instances of aggressive behaviour by baboons towards people in Marloth
Park.
Please visit our Stall at the Easter Fair at Marlothii Trading Post. See our exhibits and we will gladly
help you with any queries you may have.
Brokkies en Wenke.
Na die goeie reën lyk Marloth groen en welig, maar baie van die groenigheid kan nie deur ons diere
gevreet word nie. Ons vra nog steeds dat grond eienaars sal aanhou op gras sade te plant.
Die verwydering van uitheemse plante gaan goed met die hulp van baie mense, maar daar is nog
baie werk wat gedoen moet word. Eienaars kan ons gerus kontak indien hulle advies nodig het vir
watter plante verwyder moet word.
Paasfees gaan binnekort met ons wees en dit gaan gepaard met ‘n instroming van baie besoekers.
Ons hoop van harte dat hulle ‘n wonderlike tyd in ons pragtig dorp gaan geniet.
Ons versoek huis eienaars om ons te help deur nie toe te laat dat gaste die diere met die hand
probeer voer nie. Selfs al lyk hulle mak, is dit nog steeds wilde diere. ‘n Paar voorbeelde wat ons al
opgelet het is die volgende: Om Sebras te voer terwyl die diere mense omring, pogings om volstruise
met die hand te voer en om toe te laat dat kinders probeer om vlakvarke te voer wat kleintjies het.
Die voer van bobbejane en ape word ten sterkste afgekeur omdat hierdie diere met die tyd verskriklik
aggresief word. Hulle kan mense aanval en baie ernstige beserings veroorsaak. Ons het alreeds
kennis geneem van bobbejane se aggressiewe gedrag teenoor mense in Marloth Park.
Kom kuier gerus by ons stalletjie tydens die Paasfees mark by Marlothii Handelspos. Kyk na ons
uitstallings en ons sal graag help met enige navrae.

Our vision

hrOur vision is to support and assist the Nkomazi Municipality Conservation Department within Marloth Park with their management strategies and objectives while being an effective volunteer group. 
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