Kruger windmill

Windmill Kruger National Park

This is a typical old windmill in Kruger National Park. They don’t all have nests of course 😀
I think this might be a Hamerkop nest.  Anyway, this windmill pumps water into a drinking trough for animals.

Between 1930 and 1980 about 300 windmills were erected to attract more game into the area. At first this seemed a good idea, but in the late 1980’s KNP management noticed that animal numbers began to change dramatically. Rare species like the Sable Antelope, Roan and Reedbuck began to decrease.

The park has started to close the waterholes to let nature take its course, although around 50 boreholes will remain open for tourism purposes.

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2 comments

  1. Ah yes, these are the old windmills…*sigh*…
    But isn’t it interesting just how stupid humans are?!
    The building of the windmills puts in danger many species in Kruger. Humankind simply is not bright enough to understand all the dependencies in nature. It simply is too complex.
    I am wondering what else we are going to discover in the future……
    But sure this pic make me feels “homesick” nontheless 😉

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  2. Ah yes, these are the old windmills…*sigh*…But isn't it interesting just how stupid humans are?!The building of the windmills puts in danger many species in Kruger. Humankind simply is not bright enough to understand all the dependencies in nature. It simply is too complex.I am wondering what else we are going to discover in the future……But sure this pic make me feels “homesick” nontheless 😉

    Like

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