Quick, run and get a headset. This one is almost impossible to hear using my laptop speakers but even cheapie earphones work pretty well.
It’s taken more than a year to collect the following recordings; I don’t know why the animals don’t speak on command…. Much of the recordings were taken from our tent in the middle of the night when the beasts started barking/growling/snorting. Sometimes I fell asleep with the recorder running and only in the past two days have discovered what transpired while we slept. I’ve sifted through hours of recordings, letting the night sounds be background noise while I work, make dinner, or read a book, and jumping for a pen when I hear jackals or lions announce themselves, noting the time for later editing.
If you want to test your wildlife knowledge, don’t scroll down too far until you’re ready to check your guesses!
0:00 KC, waking in the middle of the night to find me with the recorder in hand, capturing a mysterious animal nearby. I swear it sounds like a baboon, but at 3 am?! (Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa)
0:14 Birds (South Africa)
0:29 Jackals? (Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana)
0:35 Lion (Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana)
0:42 Dueling lion vocalizations. Actually this is two separate recordings, months apart, but overlaying them is a good approximation of when they’re calling back and forth over a distance. (Kruger National Park, South Africa)
1:18 Hyenas? with lion in distance (Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana) We often heard these together so I wonder if there’s been a kill and the hyenas are impatient for the lions to finish eating…
1:53 Birds (Zambia)
1:59 Hippos (Kruger National Park, South africa)
2:15 Impala bucks sparring (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana/South Africa)
2:22 Herd of elephants playing and drinking in a water hole (Etosha National Park, Namibia)