“Nguni cattle descend from both Bos taurus and Bos indicus cattle and entered Africa around 8000 years ago. As the tribes migrated south into Africa they took their cattle along. Through natural selection and environmental interaction the cattle evolved into the hardy breed we know today as the Nguni. As the tribes settled in different areas, distinctive cattle ecotypes developed, but are essentially still Ngunis. Only in 1932 did the late Professor HH Curzon make an effort to breed true to type Nguni cattle which resulted in the formation of the Bartlow Combine breeding station in the late 1940’s. Another milestone in the recognition of the Nguni breed was the Bonsma report of 1950 on indigenous cattle in South Africa where the appreciation of this adapted breed was highlighted”. – from thecattlesite.com
Ollie in Shri Lanka
Dutch in South Africa going ‘Wild West’ at the ‘No Middleman Gallery‘. Curator: Joelcy Kay.
Ollie in Santa Fe (USA)
Today I start with a series of composites featuring Ollie the Owl.
Part 1: Ollie’s virtual visit to Platbos Forest (Southernmost ancient forest in South Africa)
(Red-veined dropwing – Trithemis arteriosa)