Sunday, June 8, 2014
Addo's Flightless Dungbeetle
The flightless dung beetle used to be found widespread in Southern Africa but these days is classified as a vulnerable species and only found in Addo Elephant National Park and a couple of other isolated spots. The beetle is strictly dependent on a number of vertebrates (particularly elephant and buffalo) and when these animals were shot out at the end of the 1800's and beginning 1900's the poor dung beetle population took a huge knock. These days things are slowly getting better and better for them with the increase and spreading of the elephant population in Addo and the surrounding reserves.