Our own animal sanctuary

A visit to L’Ormarins Estate may just be an unusual experience.  Some truly spectacular species can be spotted on such an adventure. 


The Cape Blue crane is our national bird and a threatened species, quite often seen in the Overberg Area.  Noteworthy is the fact that blue cranes are monogamous and have a partner for life.  The female lays two eggs – male and female each sit on one until it is hatched. 


The fox is a furred, sharp-snouted bushy-tailed animal known for its cunning and craftiness, therefore expressions like “crafty as a fox”.  The Cape Fox is also on the list of endangered species.


Honey-badgers are often seen attempting to get some honey at our farm’s beehives.  They seem to have a particular preference for fynbos regions.  The combination of beehives and fynbos therefore creates some opportunities for us to appreciate their presence.


On the rocky, steep parts of L’Ormarins leopards may be seen – some of our farmworkers have reported sightings of a female with her cubs.  It is a large, carnivorous quadruped with a dark-spotted yellowish-fawn coat.  As is the case with others of the same species, leopards are nocturnal.  Some idiomatic expressions pay “homeage” to it – “a leopard cannot change its spots”.


The lynx is also a member of the cat tribe, therefore solitary and nocturnal.  Proverbially it has a keen sense of sight.  Characteristic is the tufled ear-tips.  At L’Ormarins these have also been spotted, although more rarely.


Author: Gerhard Olivier


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