The diverse indigenous fish of the Save River

A short fishing expedition has Clive and his son Glenn climbing down the steep bank to catch five different species of fish in two hours.

A Bottlenose is the catch of the day…with it’s long snout for probing the floor of the save river and for nosing into cracks and crevices in search of food


Then comes a Butter catfish and I can guess you know already by the name that this one is good eating!


Out come two intriguing little swimmers – Churchill fish, with strange stumpy faces…..


Then a Squeaker, a type of catfish with vicious spines dorsally and on the sides, spines fully erectable to wedge itself into crevices when danger threatens. An unwary fisherman who gets one of these spines impaled into finger or foot goes through deep pain…


Last but not least, a gorgeous little predator, a fierce big-eyed hunter, known as Imberi……


This little guy is of the fiercest denizens of the watery depths that are the Save River, with rapacious teeth for hunting down prey……..


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Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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  1. Pingback: The Road Less Travelled is ours; River rescues and Boating on the mighty Save River …… | wineandwilddogs

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