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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #240 on: October 17, 2012, 05:58:04 PM »
Oh my - but Adam Bannister sure knows the lions.  A year ago he predicted warfare between them and there was a 'dust up' in the past two days.

Link to a blog posted on Oct. 16 by James Tyrell at Londolozi - Oct. 16, 2102: Lion Warfare: Majingilane vs New Males.
Note: The sighting at Londolozi obviously occurred several days before the 16th; as three of the lions in this story turned up at another reserve 'a couple of days' before they posted their on the 14th.  
 
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Hurrying down the road to the clearing where James had found the lions, we rounded the final corner to be greeted by an incredibly dramatic sight of 3 big male lions, roaring their lungs out, chasing another 3 across the grassy plain.
As it turns out, the 3 doing the chasing were from the all-powerful Majingilane Coalition, while the other 3 that were fleeing were unknown to us. Reports of their presence and incursion from the Kruger National Park have been filtering in recently two magnificent males with big manes and a third with an underdeveloped mane often a sign of stress in older male lions.
Current dynamics aside, the underdeveloped maned lion made a grievous error in splitting off from his two brothers, swinging west as the other two fled south over our boundary onto safer territory, pursued by one of the Majingilane. The two remaining Majingilane stuck on the tail of the underdeveloped male, and it was these lions that we followed.

The unknown male lion chased by the two Majingi's received a sound thrashing resulting in him sustaining many large and open bite-marks and blood on his flanks and rear end showing proof of the mauling. The Majingi's hung until early afternoon. At that point a herd of elephants appeared as they had scented the lions and came running to chase them off.  The three M's went one way and the injured lion headed south to try and find his two buddies.

James Tyrell summed the action well
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Time will tell, but one thing is clear for now; the strangle-hold that the Majingilane have over the central Sabi Sands is as strong as ever!

There are two photos showing the bite marks on the rump of the injured lion, but they are not too graphic.

NOTE: reading the comments following the article reveals the names of the four Majingi's. I knew one was 'Dark Mane', who wasn't involved, but was seen the next morning nearby. The Majingi's involved were  
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Scarenose and Goldman and Hip-Scar.
I think the first name should be 'Scarnose' (as I've seen his name before).

Do take the time to read the comments following the article as to why the Majingi's didn't kill the injured lion.

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #241 on: October 17, 2012, 06:00:14 PM »
More from the confrontation between three of four Majingilane Males and the trio of 'New Males'. One of the comments on the blog from Londolozi included the news that the three new males had been seen at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, with a link to the sighting.

You know me well enough and I did say I had a 'found' day - I went to check out what Sabi Sabi had to say in New Kidz On The Block.

The above was posted on Oct. 14th, but refers to the following event occurring 'a couple of days ago'.  A ranger was out driving 'at dusk' when he came across two lions who had been spotted lying around earlier in the day.  One of which was 'calling'. Out of the bush appeared an injured male lion who was greeted fondly by his brothers. after a while they headed away from the area. Who they are remains a mystery - for now.

Some great night time photos are included in the blog.

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #242 on: October 21, 2012, 04:46:51 PM »
Oct. 15 - From Will Fox of Ingwe Leopard Project

Will's wife Carol, and our dear Tara Pirie. The latter is looking swell   :ecsmile


So good to see Tara  :ecsmile
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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #243 on: October 21, 2012, 04:47:49 PM »
A heart warming ending to a nerve wracking time for a baby elephant and it's Mother. Start with volume down as the driver of the jigga is yelling - which was needed to shoo Mum away.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/baby-elephant-rescue-steal-heart-165229059.html

 :thumbup:   :wub
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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #244 on: October 21, 2012, 04:48:19 PM »
Oct. 18  - STORK ALERT    :biggrin3





That is great news.  Um, if a boy maybe Edward which could be 'Teddy' or if a girl Theodora, which could also be 'Teddy'  :eclol 

We have to wait for the other piece of news  :question

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #245 on: October 21, 2012, 05:13:50 PM »
Posted Oct. 19 by Talley Smith

This blog has some amazing photographs of Majingi lions, Tsalala's Tailless' baby girl, with her Mum and cub's older sister, impalas leaping across a road, young Marthly Male, cheetahs, another leopard and a Jicana and its nest with 4 eggs,

http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/10/the-week-in-pictures-57/

Enjoy  :ecsmile
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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #246 on: October 22, 2012, 12:11:56 PM »
Seb's 2nd Piece of News - I think you all know that Seb (Sebastien Rombi) even before the drives terminated; has been involved with 2D / 3D projects.

1. He has opened a nature film school and is the course director called  Beyond Borders Film School.

2. In the 'About' area of the link above you will find in depth information about the school.
 


Well done Seb and good luck. This is truly 'a feather in his cap'  :thumbup:

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #247 on: October 22, 2012, 06:45:47 PM »
Subsequent to my posting Talley Smith's blog of Oct. 19th (in Reply #245) with the awesome photos, which included The Tailless Tsalala female and her cub, along with the cub's older sister); some more great news.

The wee Tsalala cub has company, which arrived later on the 19th. :nod2   On Sat. Oct. 20 early morning CAT Adam Bannister posted the super news on the FB Group for the 'Lions of Sabi Sands'.

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By the Way..HUGE news from Londolozi. Yesterday we were lucky enough to see the tailed Tsalala sister moments after she gave birth. Hours if not minutes after!!! Saw one TINY cub but could hear another and maybe another. Area is closed now. Cant believe we were there to witness this once in a lifetime sighting of a less than one day old lion cub! INCREDIBLE.
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I am pleased they have closed the area where the event occurred. :)  Two, maybe three playmates for Tailless Female's cub.  :wub



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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #248 on: October 22, 2012, 07:08:05 PM »
We all knew there was going to be an explosion of lion and cubs - and here are more from The Styx Pride. Ryan Johnston does take beautiful photos.

In the week they also saw Xivambalana in the area, Thandi, a wild dogs, hippos and more.

Posted today for the week of Oct. 14 - 20, 2012
http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/10/
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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #249 on: November 10, 2012, 08:25:34 AM »
News from Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve, Saba Sands.

The leopand Thandi, one of Karula's girls, has given birth to two cubs. :) They were seen on a drive  :biggrin3 but they are still little and will be seen rarely at first. Pictures on facebook.
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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #250 on: December 10, 2012, 12:53:03 PM »
Some catch up done for Oct.

Karula was spotted nearby, but no mention re pregnant or not.


'BB' (Tsalala Pride) and her cub


Styx cubs - by Willie Woest
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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #251 on: December 10, 2012, 01:05:31 PM »
These are from Newsletters received for the first two weeks of Nov. 2012. Adorable photos by Louis Liversage.  I am wondering if the Mother ellie is the same one in both photos ?

One of the new season's first baby impalas


One baby ellie


Twin ellies - about 2 weeks old


Salayexe and her one surviving cub ( I can't remember if we heard when she lost one of the cubs)  :puzzled2


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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #252 on: December 10, 2012, 01:21:06 PM »
EP and area certainly had a lot of great sightings  :nod2

Another reported sighting of 'la Diva'


Beautiful young Tsalala lionesess:


Breeding herd of elephants:


Young and adorable Styx pride cubs:


Salayexe's cub went down the tree to rescue a kill (that between S and cub had been dropped):


Cub with the kill:


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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #253 on: December 10, 2012, 01:35:09 PM »
This was posted Oct. 17 on Djuma Djunkies Group on Facebook.  Too cute and I have called it 'Bottoms up'.  :eclol





Refs:
1. Web site -  http://www.thehide.com/
2. FB Page -   https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hide-Zimbabwe-Safari-Lodge/107044562667006

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #254 on: December 10, 2012, 03:50:51 PM »
This video was captured in Sept. 2012. Folks on a safari drive had an unexpected encounter with a cheetah. Awesome footage, but after all we have learned over the past 6 years about respect for specific animals, I was emotionally upset with what I saw.  

Due to poaching, the ever shrinking amount of land for them to roam etc. the cheetah are an endangered species.  There appeared to be absolutely no control of the sighting in relation to the:
1. Number of vehicles allowed into the area.
2. Proximity of the vehicles to the one with the cheetah.
3. Excess noise from the viewers.

http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/face-to-face-with-a-cheetah/1jpb6uv9t?cpkey=f5f9bc11-28f9-4edf-ac39-aa6deb92df41%257c%257c%257c%257c

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