Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Western Cattle Egret

The Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a stocky heron, 46 – 56 cm long, and weighs 270 – 512 g. It has a relatively short thick neck, sturdy bill, and a hunched posture. The non-breeding adult has mainly white plumage, a yellow bill and the legs vary from dark brown to yellow, with black toes. A breeding Western Cattle Egret has a red bill and buff plumage on the head, breast and mantle. The legs turn red. The sexes are similar, but the male is marginally larger and has slightly longer breeding plumes than the female. Juvenile birds lack coloured plumes and have a black bill as well as black legs. …..read the article….. Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Yellow Mongoose (Cynictis penicillata)

Yellow Mongoose

The Yellow Mongoose (Cynictis penicillata), also known as the Red Meerkat, grows to be about 65 to 85 cm in length and weighs between .450 and .900 kg. It has a triangular shaped face with a pointed snout. Southern Yellow Mongooses are larger, have yellow or reddish fur, longer fur, and a longer tail with a characteristic white tip. …..read the article….. Yellow Mongoose (Cynictis penicillata)

Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)

Laughing Dove

The Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis) grows to about 22 to 24 cm in length and weighs between 74 and 120 grams. It is a long-tailed slim bird. Its back, wings and tail are reddish-brown with blue-grey in the wings. In flight, the underwings are rich chestnut. …..read the article….. Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)

Balloon Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpa)

Balloon Milkweed

The Balloon Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpa) is a shrub that grows to 1.5 m in height. Flowers are white with dull purple markings. One fruit from each cluster of flowers develop into an inflated, round follicle with sparse stiff hairs covering it. The branches are pale yellowish green and hollow. The leaves are light green and narrowly oblong to lance-shaped. …..read the article….. Balloon Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpa)