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Title: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 01, 2011, 04:53:05 PM
A place for sharing the sights, sounds and news from game reserves; other than Djuma Private Game Reserve.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a large area located in the lower third of Kruger National Park in the country of South Africa. (Limpopo Province) On this map it is the green area in the upper right. I do not know why there is a red area on this map.

Click on this photo to enlarge it.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7105/7016726129_e1519445a6_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7016726129/)


As well as the Djuma Game Reserve, the area is comprised of many other reserves. Some of which we have heard of frequently. More commonly Nkorho, Arathusa, Londolozi, Chitwa-Chitwa, Elephant Plains, and Cheetah Plains.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/8817184556_6c6c9732d5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8817184556/)

Recently we have heard reports from Kapama Game Reserve. The reserve is north of the Sabi Sands area, in Limpopo province and between the Drakensberg mountains and Kruger National Park (upper third and to the west).

May 18, 2012.  Reports are filtering through from other game Reserves / Safari Lodges. The latest one being Ukumbe Safari Lodge (near MalaMala). Their web site has an incredible map with all lodges located by number HERE.   (http://www.africaonfoot.com/wp-content/themes/Angelia/images2/map.pdf)  

Please include the date and a description of the sighting.
Note: If you saw a posting of an interesting photo or event on the cams Facebook page, please be sure to indicate and thank whoever took the photo.

You may also post any news (naming the source) and / or links to blogs with information related to other game reserves in South Africa.

We are most grateful to and thank the various game reserves including among others - Londolozi, Arathusa, Chitwa-Chitwa, and Kapama for providing information via blogs. Also thanks to the various reserves, and public groups who have set up pages / timelines on Facebook; which are great for trying to keep abreast of the latest information.

All images and videos posted in this topic are gratefully acknowledged and we recognize the copyright © of the game reserves already mentioned. Also © the many people who posted their own photos in this topic.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 30, 2011, 12:35:59 AM
Hello,

Just back after being away for Christmas with some of my family - great fun.  I hope all here enjoyed the week?

Found a new blog from Tara about her activities / events since she left Djuma.  
http://tara-pirie.blogspot.com/2011/12/life-in-2-extremes.html?mid=55 (http://tara-pirie.blogspot.com/2011/12/life-in-2-extremes.html?mid=55)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Rajame on December 30, 2011, 09:30:03 AM
I hope you had a lovely Holiday BBE! Thank you for the blog link.

:hearts
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 30, 2011, 03:13:58 PM
Welcome back, BBE!  Nice to see you had a good time with your family.  Thinks for the link to Tara's Tales!   :thumbup:  It will be interesting to find out what she ends up doing next.   :nod2
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 08, 2012, 11:45:00 PM
Found a new blog from Tara about her activities / events since she left Djuma.  
http://tara-pirie.blogspot.com/2011/12/life-in-2-extremes.html?mid=55 (http://tara-pirie.blogspot.com/2011/12/life-in-2-extremes.html?mid=55)

Jan. 8 ~ go back to this post as Tara has added the photos as she promised.

 :sleeping
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 16, 2012, 12:12:31 AM
Today, Lieschen Smith (a.k.a Pieter Pretorious's wife) posted this photo of her 'blue-eyed 'skattebol''.  

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7026/6706766989_88ea8c6382.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6706766989/)
Lieschen and Baby (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6706766989/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


'Skatebol' is an Afrikaans word  
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"Skat" or diminutive form "skatjie" --> Literally "Treasure", but similar in meaning to "Darling".
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/english_to_afrikaans/slang/997988-terms_of_adoration.html (http://www.proz.com/kudoz/english_to_afrikaans/slang/997988-terms_of_adoration.html)

Sydney (will be a year old very soon) has her Daddy's blue eyes and no doubt has him twisted around her little finger.  :wub
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 20, 2012, 09:09:22 PM
One of my online friends posted this - so cute  :eclove   "Wild Leopard Stores Cub In Humans Storage"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thRtDOE-w6U&feature=share

When I have time tomorrow or Sunday I will roam around the different FB pages for updates on flooding etc.

NOTE: 2 a.m. Sat. Jan. 21 see Reply # 278 below for news.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on January 20, 2012, 10:18:27 PM
Oh wow! That is some footage! Neat to hear the Mom call the cub.  :ecsmile And when the little cub was outside we could hear the cub's calls.  :eclove

Wonderful footage filmed from inside the garage at Idube Game Reserve in South Africa.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 22, 2012, 12:35:24 AM
Hello Tiger, I was on the go all Saturday and only accessed my computer about an hour ago.   :ty  so much for posting Tara's update.  

I am delighted that Tara will be joining the Ingwe Leopard Research.   She said sometime ago that she would love to do research on the leopards in the Sabi Sands area. She may get a chance to do this as well?

I did some looking as I recalled Will Fox and Graham Wallington being involved with the project at the start. I think Will Fox may still be?  Blogs started back in Oct. 2008 at:
http://ingweaction.blogspot.com/2008/10/welcome-to-front-line-of-leopard.html (http://ingweaction.blogspot.com/2008/10/welcome-to-front-line-of-leopard.html)

Even Pieter (Pretorious) went down to check the site out. I remember that.

More info at:
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/ingwe-leopards.html#c (http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/ingwe-leopards.html#c)   Written by Will Fox, Ingwe Leopard Research, Manager.
 (Posted Jan. 3, 2012)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 22, 2012, 04:34:45 PM
Will Fox's post re Tara joining the team:
 http://predatorresearchnews.blogspot.com/2012/01/tara-joins-ingwe-team.html?spref=fb (http://predatorresearchnews.blogspot.com/2012/01/tara-joins-ingwe-team.html?spref=fb)

And the team page update to include Tara:
http://www.researchcam.com/about_us.html (http://www.researchcam.com/about_us.html)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 22, 2012, 06:42:52 PM
Nice comments about Tara joining the Ingwe leopard project team, BBE.  Thanks for the links!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 24, 2012, 09:22:26 PM
News from Leopard Hills (almost far left at top of map in first post in this topic). Lots of water, no damage, drives continued. HERE  (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.leopardhills.com%2Fblog%2F%3Fitemid%3D577&h=FAQFiBENIAQG79dB2DyN7ZTFSZZ8vqPv-7Xr8kEiX8MPYig)


Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 24, 2012, 10:20:54 PM
BBE, thanks for posting links and news.  I'm glad the Leopard Hills is okay.  Plenty of fish for those who live near where they are found is good news, despite all the destruction.  I'm concerned about all the wildlife that live in the area and are too small to find a safe place and/or won't find food if they do survive.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 25, 2012, 08:33:06 PM
Tiger, everyone is concerned about the animals and birds, especially all the recent newborn animals.  We can but hope that they reached higher ground. As we have been told and seen over the years;  the bush has it's own rules and unfortunately nature takes its course, not always in a positive way.  But we can still 'hold our thumbs'.

Either Jan. 24 or 25th (CAT) Tara posted the following on her FB profile page
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I heard Tingana (Shadow) might have given birth to her new cubs over the past few days.

Tingana is one of the twin daughters from Karula's first litter.  Last year at some point we heard that one if not both of Tingana's first cubs had died.   I she has had new cubs, I hope all goes well for her and them.

https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_132401603483164&ap=1#!/pages/Tara-Pirie/102620539775937 (https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_132401603483164&ap=1#!/pages/Tara-Pirie/102620539775937)

This storm is supposed to head out to sea; let's hope so.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/tropical-cyclone-funso-brings-heavy-rain-flooding-to-mozambique/2012/01/25/gIQAdnZCQQ_blog.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/tropical-cyclone-funso-brings-heavy-rain-flooding-to-mozambique/2012/01/25/gIQAdnZCQQ_blog.html)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 25, 2012, 08:56:41 PM
Yes!  "Holding Thumbs!"   :heart   I hope the new babies will be okay and that the moms and (dads) can find food for them and safe places to sleep and take shelter.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 29, 2012, 11:17:57 PM
Tara's great adventure in Kruger National Park.  She had a fantastic time with her friends Penny and Joe.  She has posted some awesome photos from the drive they were on. Tara's Magnificent Trip to Kruger. (http://tara-pirie.blogspot.com/2012/01/magnificent-trip-to-kruger.html)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 30, 2012, 12:09:47 AM
BBE, thank you for posting Tara's wonderful blog!  She really is a good story teller and photographer.  I wonder if Penny is the lady who owns the swim school in KZN?  She and her husband often go to Kruger for several weeks at a time.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 30, 2012, 04:39:53 PM
Hi Tigerlady, I think Penny is the lady who owns / is associated with a swim school. But where I don't know; what does 'KZN' stand for?
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 30, 2012, 05:10:08 PM
KZN = Kwa Zulu Natal, along the east coast of Africa, BBE.  That must be the same Penny.  She owns a swim school and teaches lessons there.  She's very nice and a strong wildlife supporter.  She was a chatter on the Djuma game safari jigga when I was there in past seasons.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 30, 2012, 09:17:54 PM
Thanks Tiger for the answer re 'KZN'.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 01, 2012, 12:05:44 AM
You're welcome, BBE!  It's on the east coast of Africa, near South Africa.  Penny and her husband like to travel around Africa, primarily in Kruger National Park, for two or more weeks when her swim school is closed for vacation breaks.  They have gone to additional wonderful wildlife-rich areas in other African countries, but seem to come back to Kruger as a favorite place.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 02, 2012, 10:41:50 PM
A quick drop in with three updates re Tara:

Updates x 2 from Jan. 31, 2012:

1. Farewell, But Not Goodbye (http://www.djuma.com/2012/fairwell-but-not-goodbye/)

2. From her FB page:
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Can't believe it is the last day in the sands. The car is packed. I will be leaving in the next hour or so. Tears are finally allowed to flow. It is such mixed emotions but there is joy at the excitement of the new adventure and at least it will not be the last time I will in the sands. I am moving to the camp to learn the ropes etc before I start properly in April. I will be posting about the camp progress etc and about the research and how you can help and get involved soon. X

Update from Feb 2, 2012 on her FB page

Tara's FB page (https://www.facebook.com/ajax/sharer/?s=22&appid=25554907596&p%5B0%5D=684706292&p%5B1%5D=10150624285831293)  or if you can't read the page this is what she wrote:
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Tara Pirie
Thank you all so much for the well wishes! I have arrived safely and have been settling in. I have taken pictures and hope to show you where I am staying until the volunteer camp is completed! :) Great news on the rhino poachers getting 25 years! AND I saw Patrick as I was leaving! Great to see him looking well!! :)

I haven't had time as yet (and won't for a few days) to find the news about the Rhino poachers.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 03, 2012, 02:24:08 AM
Congratulations to Sebastien   :thumbup:  :clap   :biggrin6

Seb is now working for Will Fox as Course Director at the Black Leopard Film Campus. He has done some major projects as well as being at WE.

Two links are: Introducing Sebastien Rombi,  (http://blackleopardfilmcampus.blogspot.com/2012/01/introducing-sebastien-rombi.html) and Black Leopard Film Campus. (http://www.blackleopardcampus.net/)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 03, 2012, 10:35:53 AM
BBE, that's a fascinating new opportunity for Seb to use his film-making skills and love of wildlife.  I read about him and the Black Leopard Film Campus and it looks like a wonderful place for people who want to develop their skills in a beautiful setting.  What fun!  Thanks for posting the links here.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 05, 2012, 05:12:47 PM
I finally found two articles about the rhino poachers each being sentenced to 25 years prison.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16833220 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16833220)

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Rhino-poachers-get-25-years-each-20120131 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Rhino-poachers-get-25-years-each-20120131)

Also, Peter Braat may have a permanent repair to the 'Dam Cam' up and running in a few days. Thanks Peter  :ty   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 05, 2012, 06:12:57 PM
Good news about the poachers being sentenced and a permanent Gowrie Dam cam, BBE!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 09, 2012, 10:56:08 AM
The latest newsletter from Elephant Plains (EP) Game Lodge at: http://www.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120207134624/20120207134624.html  (http://www.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120207134624/20120207134624.html)

The information about Elephant Plains is somewhere way back in this topic. But, I'm not going back to look for it  :eclol  

Their website: http://www.elephantplains.co.za/ (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/)   This also contains the reports from the manager and ranger - bottom of the page in fine print.

Map of the area and shows where Gowrie gate is in relation to EP (far right) at: http://www.elephantplains.co.za/ep_map.htm (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/ep_map.htm)

To receive the monthly newsletter: http://big5blog.elephantplains.co.za/wp-login.php?action=register (http://big5blog.elephantplains.co.za/wp-login.php?action=register)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 10, 2012, 12:51:23 AM
BBE, I'm happy to see that Tara is doing well.  Her blog and photos are so welcome!   :thumbup:

Djuma really got torn up by all of the water.  Some of the land is changed so much, it will affect where and how the animals and people move around.   :nod2

Thank you for updating us!
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 13, 2012, 12:14:44 AM
Posted Feb. 12 on my FB News Feed.  Graham and Emily Wallington visited Pieter and Lieschen in Namibia in Dec. 2011.

Today Graham posted this almost 5 minute 3D video from the boat Pieter took them on. All with beautiful pelicans and graceful dolphins at Walvis Bay.

This is the YouTube link to the video. On the right side you will see 3D in red. Click on it and you can turn the 3D off.

Mola Mola (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv3DRllAs9A#ws)


Graham wrote with the video post:
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Emily and I went to Namibia in December to visit Pieter Pretorius and Lieschen Smith They work for the family business Mola Mola now and took us out to see the animals in the bay.

And in his other post:
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We went out on a Mola Mola boat with Pieter Pretorius at Walvis Bay, Namibia. He showed us pelicans and dolphins.

Map showing Walvis Bay.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7207/6868243501_b7a311d60c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6868243501/)
Walvis Bay, Namibia, Africa (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6868243501/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 13, 2012, 12:57:17 AM
BBE, thank you for posting the wonderful video of the boat ride with Pieter.  I had no idea that there was that large a coastal body of water there!  The dolphins really were enjoying wake-surfing!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 13, 2012, 10:21:26 PM
The bay leads right out to the Atlantic Ocean. I vaguely recall that about 3 years ago now Pieter and a buddy of his sailed a catamaran from ?? to Walvis Bay.

Hard to believe but Sydney will be a year old soon. in August this year.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 13, 2012, 10:40:44 PM
BBE, the time since they left Djuma, got married, and had a baby sure went by fast.  They seem to be doing well!
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 13, 2012, 11:50:04 PM
Graham Wallington is starting a new project:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/graham.wallington/posts/10150785023142818  (https://www.facebook.com/#!/graham.wallington/posts/10150785023142818)

Story of the Gosa Gang of Meerkats:  [url=http://blog.wildearth.tv/2012/03/gosa-gang-story-before-we-arrived.html]http://blog.wildearth.tv/2012/03/gosa-gang-story-before-we-arrived.html (http://blog.wildearth.tv/2012/03/gosa-gang-story-before-we-arrived.html)[/url]

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Will Fox posted x 2 on On FB page 'Djuma Djunkies'
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Will Fox - Seven day Budget Safari but no compromise on quality.
Plus fans of Marc Weiner and Tara Pirie can choose to be guided by these guys. Support Marc and Tara and Join an African Safari, help the cause of Leopard Conservation and be guided by two of the best guides in the province.  My thoughts were that Marc and Tara could do some freelance work for On Track Safaris. It seems like a good way to support both of them and will help us to raise some funds for conservation as well.

http://www.responsibletravel.com/holiday/5374/budget-safari-in-south-africa (http://www.responsibletravel.com/holiday/5374/budget-safari-in-south-africa)


Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 14, 2012, 01:21:22 AM
Sure would love to go on one of those Safaris! 
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 14, 2012, 03:06:42 PM
Arathusa Safari Lodge's FB page has some great photos on their wall.  

The web site is: https://www.facebook.com/arathusasafarilodge#    (https://www.facebook.com/arathusasafarilodge#)

On the left side click on 'Blog' and you can read it and check the 'Ranger's Diary' too.
Note: I think you need to click on the word 'Like' to the right of the main page name to read everthing.

Ranger's Dairy - February 5 - 11th, has info under Monday re Karula and her cubs.
http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/02/rangers-diary-5-11-february (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/02/rangers-diary-5-11-february)/

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 18, 2012, 09:12:35 PM
Eugene associated with Kapama Reserve posted this video taken by Mike Butler (a Ranger at Kapama Reserve ) - too adorable, I love them.  :eclove
Kapama Ranger Chat003 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uiMEVghZLk#)

Tara Pirie has posted a  new blog at:
http://tara-pirie.blogspot.com/2012/02/school-visit.html (http://tara-pirie.blogspot.com/2012/02/school-visit.html)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: luvthebirds on February 18, 2012, 09:53:12 PM
Thank you, BBE!  The lions are beautiful and the cubs absolutely adorable!  :eclove  I loved the vocalizing by the little one.  :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 24, 2012, 09:09:27 PM
Assorted tidbits from Sabi Sands and elsewhere in Africa.

1. I can't re if sometime before Christmas I mentioned that Seb had entered a photo in a prestigious photo contest?
    Regardless - he won the main prize  :thumbup:   http://leica.cazloyd.com/ (http://leica.cazloyd.com/)  Now he has to be really careful he doesn't leave his camera on the hood of a vehicle  :eclol    
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Grand prize - The Leica X1, plus accessories.
The overall winner will received a Leica X1 digital camera plus accessories, together with a Leica X1 photography workshop at the Leica store in Mayfair. This is your chance to get your hands on the ultimate compact fixed lens camera. The 36mm X1 produces images of such quality that it is the only fixed lens compact approved by Getty Images. Whether shooting on manual or automatic, the X1 brings Leica’s style, workmanship, reliability, finish but above all picture quality to a small, versatile and easy-to-use camera.

2. Elephants slaughtered in Cameroon - a news report in Feb. 17th NY Times related to the slaughter of 200  
    elephants.  
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Wildlife activists said on Thursday that poachers had slaughtered at least 200 elephants in the past five weeks in Bouba Ndjida National Park. The International Fund for Animal Welfare called the scale of the killings unprecedented, and urged the government to take action.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/world/africa/cameroon-200-elephants-killed-in-park.html?scp=1&sq=elephants%20killed&st=cse (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/world/africa/cameroon-200-elephants-killed-in-park.html?scp=1&sq=elephants%20killed&st=cse)

An unconfirmed report today (CAT) says the number is now 500. ?

3. Someone posted on an FB that one of the Gowrie Gang 'Gawdy' had been shot and killed.   Peter Braat posted that this is unconfirmed and Jaco Wentzel (guide. ranger) for Djuma is seeking clarification.
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Hi everybody. Please take into consideration that Djuma has opened the reserve to all through media and dam cam internet and game drive! This is a privilege and should not be miss used. I spend a great amount of time on the reserve and this is the facts. Graham Cook has not been at Djuma for the past 2 months and his statement is also based on hear say. I can with 100 percent confidence say that NO baboon has been shot or any order given to shoot a baboon. I know this is an emotional statement to say a baboon has been murder but it is untrue and believe me there is a lot of other factors involved to allow any animal to be shot on the reserve, which make it almost impossible. Please reacts with facts and not emotion. Regards Jaco Wentzel.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 04, 2012, 01:45:58 PM
Update re Tara

Tara is very busy with the Ingwe Leopard Research. She has promised to write a blog in the next week or so; but did post this photo she took; for us all to see.  :ecsmile

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7197/6807447350_1e876c30a9_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6807447350/)
Leopard, late Feb. 2012 by Tara Pirie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6807447350/#) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 05, 2012, 01:28:14 PM
Tara has posted her blog from the Ingwe Team at:
http://predatorresearchnews.blogspot.com/2012/03/leopards-badgers-and-porcupinesoh-my.html (http://predatorresearchnews.blogspot.com/2012/03/leopards-badgers-and-porcupinesoh-my.html)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 05, 2012, 10:47:23 PM
I've spent the evening playing catch up on some topics and facebook.

Xivindzi and Xivambalana were seen briefly.  See Tuesday and Thursday in the blog for details on leopard sightings. A beautiful photo of Xivindzi in a tree. She is so beautiful, like her Mother, Karula. a.k.a 'La Diva'.

http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/03/rangers-diary-26-february-%E2%80%93-3-march/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/03/rangers-diary-26-february-%E2%80%93-3-march/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 07, 2012, 10:41:45 AM
The Feb. 2012 newsletter from Elephant Plains reports sighting of Karula and three of her children (see 'Special Sightings' at the end of the newsletter).  :eclove

http://www.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120306180441/20120306180441.html (http://www.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120306180441/20120306180441.html)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on March 07, 2012, 11:37:41 AM
I clicked on one of the leopards names that I wasn't familar with and found their listing of the leopards in the area!  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 24, 2012, 06:45:52 PM
Tara Pirie, was on a short vacation from the project. This sight was awaiting her when she arrived back at the Ingwe Leopard Project base. Apparently her 'home' is almost ready for occupancy. She said she'd be writing a blog soon.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7112/7012546415_9ccbfb7851.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7012546415/)
March 2012 by Tara Pirie. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7012546415/) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


 :thumbup:


Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 31, 2012, 01:49:07 AM
Tara has posted her blog about the leopard in my post above.

Mystery Cats.   (http://ingweaction.blogspot.ca/2012/03/mystery-cats.html)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 03, 2012, 01:01:13 AM
Latest blog from Arathusa Safari Lodge, posted Apr. 2, 2012.  

Rangers Diary: 25 – 31 March.  (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/04/rangers-diary-25-%E2%80%93-31-march/)

Sightings included the Styx lion pride, Karula and Xivambalana, Majingilane males, Nkuhuma females, Mvula and a female leopard 'Thandi' and her cub.  I do believe I am correct in saying there is only one female leopard with that name; so Karula's daughter, Saseka.?

Map of Sabi Sands - Arathusa Safari Lodge to left of Djuma Vuyatela. Thumbnail so click to see larger.
(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6124/5989031610_4d90883d23_t.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5989031610/)
Sabi Sands Map (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5989031610/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

One day the various websites with a map like this will have to make a minimal update. Galagos has moved a smidgen closer to Vuyatela Lodge (following the January floods).  The new Galagos Is Open.   (http://www.djuma.com/2012/how-to-make-a-lodge-in-two-months-the-new-galago-is-open/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 08, 2012, 12:14:05 AM
March 2012 Newsletter from Elephants Plains Game Lodge

(Including an extremely rich recipe for 'White chocolate Panna Cotta, served with Berry Coulis'. ) :eclove

Lions mating, leopards mating, a cheetah sighting, elephants and more. The leopard Tingana they refer to with Salayexe is the male Tingana (not Karula's daughter).

http://www.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120404113204/20120404113204.html (http://www.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120404113204/20120404113204.html)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 15, 2012, 07:41:39 PM
Blog from Adam Bannister at Londolozi April 10, 2012. Adam lays out what he sees happening among the various lion prides and coalitions come this fall.  Very interesting and concerning too.

Lion Warfare - Autumn 2012.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/04/lion-warfare-autumn-2012/)  
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 15, 2012, 07:43:26 PM
Blog from Adam Bannister at Londolozi April 12, 2012 This is a followup to the one about the lions come this fall from April 10, 2010

Could These Be the Last Pics of the Mapogo.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/04/could-these-be-the-last-pics-of-mapogo/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 29, 2012, 02:15:10 PM
More catching up. The Sparta Lion pride has 3 new cubs. They were first seen January 5, 2012; and were to believed to be about 10 days old. Here are two blogs from Londolozi Game Reserve with absolutely amazing photos:

Jan. 5 -Sparta Pride - New Cubs - Being Moved.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/01/sparta-pride-has-brand-new-lion-cubs/)  Awesome photos of them being moved from one den to another - oh soooo carefully.  :nod2

Apr. 29 - Sparta Pride's New Cubs. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/04/new-sparta-pride-lion-cubs/) In this blog Adam Bannister is guessing the cubs
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to be in the region of 7 weeks.
If they were 7 - 10 days before the Jan 5 blog that makes them 4 months old. I did post a comment on todays blog and asked about that.

 :wub
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 29, 2012, 02:49:11 PM
Londolozi Game Reserve went all out to celebrate Love in a video.  Well done and fun.

 Happy Valentine's Day, 2012.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/02/happy-valentines-day-2012/)

'Don't miss the Dung Beetle' in action   :rotf1
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 06, 2012, 07:24:04 PM
May 6 eve - I just saw this from Seb; posted on the FB 'Djuma Djunkies' timeline.  He is amazing as he picks up and keeps on going - regardless of the loss.  I do miss his humor and chuckles.

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Facebook © 2012

Sebastien Rombi · 14 hours ago · .

I hate this new timeline...I am lost and can't see what is going on :( But I am fine...I will be working again with Wild Earth to edit their 3D Meerkats Kalahari series from my home on the South Coast. Also working on my own productions but everything takes so long in this industry!! I won't make a living from it soon :( So I am glad the meerkats will pay the bills in the meantime ;) Hope you are all well too? Sorry for no news but had a lot of issues in the last few weeks...the main one being broken into my house and they stole everything except my passport and my phone!!! My laptop with all my wildlife pictures from Sabi Sands are gone....Broke my heart in half!!! Plus all the other pics, videos, music...all my work....anyway...page turned now and facing a new horizon full of meerkats ;) Cheers everyone and yes I will put some pics of Maui as soon as possible :)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 06, 2012, 07:40:26 PM
Update from Arathusa Safari Lodge for April, 2012

Check out the photo of Karula, Xivambalana, and Salayexe. They mention 'Shadow' (our 'Tingana'? and 'Thandi' (who is our Saseka')

http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/04/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/04/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 06, 2012, 07:50:56 PM
From May 3 on Djuma Djunkies FB page from Marc

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Been at Arathusa for a visit and to say goodbye to a friend. Now in town, able to say hi to you all and that I am well. Figuring out a path for my future.

I believe that he hasn't found consistent work and has been unwell.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 06, 2012, 08:37:19 PM
More catching up. One of the lionesses in the Sparta pride has 3 new cubs. They were first seen January 5, 2012; and were to believed to be about 10 days old. Here are two blogs from Londolozi Game Reserve with absolutely amazing photos:

Jan. 5 -Sparta Pride - New Cubs - Being Moved.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/01/sparta-pride-has-brand-new-lion-cubs/)  Awesome photos of them being moved from one den to another - oh soooo carefully.  :nod2

Apr. 29 - Sparta Pride's New Cubs. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/04/new-sparta-pride-lion-cubs/) In this blog Adam Bannister is guessing the cubs age.  If they were 7 - 10 days before the Jan 5 blog that makes them 4 months old. I did post a comment on todays blog and asked about that.

 :wub

Update:  I have just checked back on the blog from April 29 where I asked about the cubs.  
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Great sighting and beautiful photos and words as were the ones from Jan. 5 blog. In the current blog it is stated that the guess is the cubs are going on 7 weeks. Are this not the same cubs seen in the blog from Jan 5? if they are that makes the ones seen today 4 months?
Well done and many thanks – BBE

Adam Bannister did reply later in the day after I went away.

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Very good question. Sadly the litter that was seen in early 2012/late 2011 is no longer. The three cubs from that litter were not seen again after the big floods of mid January. We fear they may have been swept away with the waters. This litter that we talk of now (also 3 cubs) is different. A different mother too.


 :ecsad for the first mother to have lost her cubs.   I hope the other Mother and her triplets will fair better.  :eclove

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 06, 2012, 08:37:33 PM
May 2, 2012 blog from Adam Bannister at Londolozi indicates that another Sparta lioness who had twin cubs in early Dec. 2011 was found dead.   Sparta Pride Lioness is Dead.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/05/sparta-pride-lioness-is-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-39103)

Warning - second photo may be upsetting to some - it shows the lioness at rest.  
There is a lovely video of the two young cubs, who have been seen with the rest of the pride.


May 4, 2012 blog from Adam,  The Week in Photos.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/05/the-week-in-pictures-40/)  Some great photos including sequence of young female leopard wanting to mate with not one, but two young leopards.

There is also a photo (quite a way down the blog after the pic of the Lilac-breasted Roller) of the Sparta lioness who is mother to the triplets born about 2 months ago. She was talked about in the Jan. 5, 2012 blog above of Mum moving them one by one to a new den.   :eclove

 :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 10, 2012, 01:28:41 AM
1.Ranger's Diary from Arathusa Lodge for April 29 - May 5.

http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/05/rangers-diary-29-april-%E2%80%93-5-may/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/05/rangers-diary-29-april-%E2%80%93-5-may/)


2. Female leopard, Shadow  (or as we know her  'Tingana'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6yjHrAaktg

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 10, 2012, 01:38:01 AM
May 7, 2012 blog from James Crookes about some leopards we've never seen - the Maxabene young male leopards.  An interesting read with super photos of the leopards.

http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/05/leopard-dynamics-the-opposing-strategies-of-the-maxabene-young-male-leopards/  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/05/leopard-dynamics-the-opposing-strategies-of-the-maxabene-young-male-leopards/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on May 10, 2012, 10:08:31 AM
Great seeing video of Tingana. So glad we get to see these from time to time. Fills the void from the drives a little. The videos make it like you are there, much more than a still.  :nod2
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 10, 2012, 11:22:38 AM
X-tra, X-tra, Read All About It ! from Elephant Plains,  HERE. (http://www.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120508181332/20120508181332.html)

A sweet photo of a very young zebra.

The female leopard 'Shadow' (our 'Tingana') trying to expand her territory and her mother, Karula not too pleased about that.  

Also news about the Styx Pride and Majingi's too.

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on May 10, 2012, 07:03:58 PM
I am not sure of what I just found. Underground Hides on Mashatu.!

Check it out! We need to explore this!  :biggrin3

http://www.c4photohides.com/
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 10, 2012, 07:58:05 PM
Hi Beth,

Thanks for the update about the 'Hides' and the link.

Way back in March 27 on the 'old' Pete's Pond topic here I made a post which included some links pages with news of the C4 photos and 'hides'. As a result of your post above I checked the old one and see some links have changed, which I have edited HERE. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg102500#msg102500)  

And these are the other links from that post.

 :ty
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 12, 2012, 01:25:25 AM
Diane Adsit on the 'Djuma Djunkies' Facebook page posted about Marc and later he added a comment.

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I got a short note from Marc last week that I should have posted, he sends his love to everyone. Here it is for those I have not told already: Hi Diane, thanks so much. Had recent blood tests and I am doing very well thank you. I will be doing a private safari for some corporate clients of a friend in mid May and this will bring in a bit of revenue. Trying to establish my own place in the safari industry as this is the only way to go, i am too old to get a job in a youth dominated industry and the money they pay only attracts the kids, I can't work for pennies. Please give my love to all and sundry, it is hard to reply to everyone, i am still several months behind as I have no electricity, no internet nor a fone line and rely mostly on my cellphone which doesnt do internet. From Marc Weiner.

Marc posted later saying he is feeling well, but unfortunately he and his lady love (of two or three years) Paula have parted.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2012, 12:29:26 AM
These two photos among others were taken by V. Phillips on a drive and posted on Arathusa's FB page at:
 http://www.facebook.com/arathusasafarilodge?filter=2 (http://www.facebook.com/arathusasafarilodge?filter=2) and under 'Highlights' (with a down arrow, located in the center of the first horizontal grey area) click on 'Posts by Others'.

Cheetah beautiful photo.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5463/7186609940_88c12110e8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7186609940/)
2012 Arathusa May 9 Cheetah by V. Phillips. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7186609940/)

Lionesses - to my eyes they look like those in the Styx Pride  :question.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5335/7186609620_d5997bdd67.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7186609620/)
2012 Arathusa May 9 by V.Phillips. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7186609620/)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2012, 01:52:19 AM
Blogs in past few days:
   

Londolozi (http://blog.londolozi.com/) and the blog team is definitely dedicated to providing ongoing updates and new information about the sights.  The team includes    :thumbup:    :ty

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Rajame on May 13, 2012, 11:51:16 AM
Incredible! Thank you for sharing with us! :hug
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2012, 08:19:30 PM
May 12 - From a drive at Arathusa, Ryan Johnston posted (on Djunkie Djunkies FB page) a super photo of handsome leopard Yambilu-Jordaan.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7200640866_2a43f9b30e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7200640866/)
May 12 - Arathusa by Ryan Johnston YB (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7200640866/)

May 14 - also from an Arathusa drive. Great video of young and curious ellies.  :eclove
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKPkt8wpsBg

 :biggrin3
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2012, 09:10:30 PM
An update to my reply #61 posted here on May 10 related to C4 photography from a hide.

Two pieces of info I have found in past two days on FB.

Video from undeground elephant hide at Masahtu = cool
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=405142879508650 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=405142879508650)

Album of photos by David Barnes of ellies and other animals - seemingly from the hide  Need to be signed into FB to view.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.358070297584325.79319.100001440737383&type=3

References: from main page at http://www.c4photohides.com/index.php (http://www.c4photohides.com/index.php) include:

The advances in technology are astounding.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2012, 09:33:13 PM
Beth, cast your mind back many years when we had Pete's Pond on HWF forum. Before Afke arrived.

A couple of times they had one or two people on a raft in the Pond. They were covered with camouflage and filmed a herd of ellies from ground up.  It was amazing to see all the huge feet and bodies.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 16, 2012, 06:17:17 PM
May 16, 2012 post Djuma Djunkies FB page from Diane Adsit about sightings:

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From CHITWA CHITWA today: It's been a busy week with amazing sightings. We have see great lion sightings of mostly the Styx and Dark maned Majingie. We also had a new pride we have never seen before arrive today and kill a wildebeest. These are beautiful lions who will hopefully stick around. The leopards have been out in full force we have seen Lamula and Ntima together, Ntima with a duiker kill, Salaeyxe with Duiker kill, Thandi around Chitwa, Mvula, Ostrich Koppies, and probably the biggest news Karula intiating mating with Tingana!!!  We also had the 2 cheetah brothers with a Kudu kill as well as the 10 wild dogs. Also 2 large herds of buffalo, elephants around every corner with over 90 seen at Chitwa dam one afternoon alone, there was also great sightings of general game with highlights of Giraffe mating, serval hunting and killing a field mouse and a porcupine!

May 17 - note what I have underlined in the quoted post
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 16, 2012, 09:01:26 PM
I do believe that since the borders of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana have been dropped we are seeing lions and leopards on other reserves.

More information about the dropping of the borders may be viewed  HERE.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1084.msg99395#msg99395)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on May 16, 2012, 10:16:42 PM
Yambilu-Jordan is such a gorgeous leopard. One of my favorites.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 17, 2012, 12:53:02 PM
May 17 CAT - Posted by Eugene Kotze, about 2 hours ago now on Djuma Djunkies FB page.  Eugene is the Assistant Mananger at the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Drive took place on May 15, 2012.

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Fearless!
 
My guests had never seen lions before so when we started our safari, we decided to go to an area were the lions had been seen the day before. Magnum (my tracker) found fresh tracks and we followed them for quite some time.
 
After following these tracks, we found them – three females and a male sleeping next to the dam. As we sat there watching the pride of lions, the one female started calling for her cubs. They came tackling one another while running towards their mother without a care, just enjoying being young and carefree. After watching them play and learn, they started suckling from their mother.
 
After a while the cubs moved off and we decided to stay with them. The cubs started to spread out and circle a francolin (a small ground bird) and tried, very unsuccessfully, to catch it. As we were watching this, a massive male giraffe walked towards the pride of lions. The lions noticed the presence off the large giraffe and even though they had eaten the previous day, they knew that an adult giraffe was too big for them kill – or at least the more experienced lions had that knowledge.
 
On the other hand, the three five month old cubs know no fear and they saw this big meal going to waste. To our amazement the cubs started circling and stalking the giraffe. They got rather close before two of them decided they had “bitten off more than they could chew” and went back to their mother for protection. The other cub, however, would not give up so easily and continued the hunt. As he reached the road and ran out of cover he charged the giraffe and even tried to roar.
 
Needless to say, he stopped short of the unconcerned giraffe and decided to turn around towards safety. This experience was so comical to watch and was amazing to see how fearless such a small lion can be. All I know is that I wouldn’t want to run into him when he is a fully grown lion, ready to rumble.
 
Michael Lester – River Lodge
 15\05/2012


River Lodge is one of four lodges on Kapama:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kapama-Private-Game-Reserve/284004301643453?sk=info (https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kapama-Private-Game-Reserve/284004301643453?sk=info)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 17, 2012, 06:36:56 PM
An elephant is born - video from March 2011.     

An elephant is born (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb5-6-BQzlI#ws)

The Mum and other female members of the herd do just as happens in a hospital's delivery room   :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 17, 2012, 06:38:04 PM
Beth, did you notice the comment about Karula in my post #69. I have just edited the post and highlighted the special part.  :ecwink
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 18, 2012, 02:34:58 AM
Thursday evening on Djuma Djunkie's FB page 'Debra Stover' posted a video of the remaining two Mapogo Males visiting Ukumbe Safari Lodge, on May 15. 2012.  (http://www.umkumbe.com/index.html)  They look well and fit.
 
The lodge is situated on the Sand River, which is located south of Sabi Sands and all the Reserves we usually hear from.  It is #42 on the west side of MalaMala Reserve which is on the right hand side of the great map provided by their web site, which fills my computer screen and I need to scroll for all of it:
http://www.africaonfoot.com/wp-content/themes/Angelia/images2/map.pdf (http://www.africaonfoot.com/wp-content/themes/Angelia/images2/map.pdf)

And the video, do click on the 'show more' and read the info.

Male Lions viewed on Night Safari in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miv7_XYAKeo#)

I do like the update that YouTube has done for posting videos and that our forum has adopted it.

Note: I have added the link to the map to the first post in this topic.


 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 19, 2012, 11:49:19 PM
Posted on FB May 19, 2012 from Walvis Bay, Namibia.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8026/7231752226_58e89d26c9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7231752226/)
Pieter's Lovely Ladies  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7231752226/#)

It sounds as if Pieter, Leischen and baby have moved to Walvis Bay ?  Lieschen posted the following:
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Mola Mola Safaris (and Sydney) - reasons why we've been so quiet, but we're loving Walvis Bay, have made great new friends and hope to share more of it with you.

 
Mola Mola Walvis Bay www.mola-namibia.com (http://www.mola-namibia.com)   I believe that Pieter and Miranda Pretorious mentioned on the web site as
Anton and Charmaine Vosloo's Mola Mola partners, are Pieter's Dad and I think his step-mother.  They are co-owners of the  Uris Safari Lodge. (http://www.uris-safari-lodge-namibia.com/!Uris Safari Lodge!), in Tsumeb, Namibia (north of Walvis Bay and inland). Tsumeb is where Pieter and Leischen went when they left WE.

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 25, 2012, 09:29:49 PM
May 25 Update from Idube Game Reserve
http://idubelodge.blogspot.ca/2012/05/update-from-lodge_25.html (http://idubelodge.blogspot.ca/2012/05/update-from-lodge_25.html)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7215/7271432216_8c8ee3669e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7271432216/)
May 25 - Selati Lions and Othawa Lionesses at Idube Game Reserve (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7271432216/#)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7083/7271432368_b48a95eff0_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7271432368/)
May 25 - Elephant at Idube Game Reserve (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7271432368/#)

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Lodge maintenance was brought to a standstill this afternoon as we ran into two of the Selati male lions and two Othawa lionesses close to where we were about to fix some wires. There was an aborted mating attempt by one pair that turned into a brawl between the two males. A herd of elephants came to join the fun and scattered the lions in the general direction of the staff rooms. For the last hour or so we have been watching the four big cats prowl around the buildings. One of the males was roaring too. They now seem to have moved off but the elephants are still trumpeting close by!

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 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 27, 2012, 01:08:45 PM
May 27, 2012 - Report from their FB page = many leopards.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chitwa-Chitwa-Private-Game-Lodge/355809838257 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chitwa-Chitwa-Private-Game-Lodge/355809838257)

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Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge
2 hours ago via mobile.

Chitwa Chitwa once again showing what a world class safari destination it is! We have had some truely magical sighting recently. We have had the Tsalala 5 the tailess female, BB and the other female look great we watched them chase hyaenas with a hate that only loosing your tail to the same animal can bring! We also had the fourways pride hunt and kill a impala this morning. On the leopard front the sightings have been nothing short of spectacular and numerous. We have seen Lamula, Mvula, Ntima, Kwatile, Tingana **, Salaeyxe, Wabayiza, Shadow, Karula and Moya. We followed Moya last night hunting not wanting to disturb her we left in the hope she would get a good meal, she managed to pull down a impala but unfortunately it was stolen my Tingana. The tree it was in became the scene of possibly one of the most insane sightings I have seen!!! Tingana and Moya were growling at each other as he fed on the carcass attracting hyaenas, everything settled for a bit as both Moya and the hyaena patiently waited for some scraps to fall. Then out of nowhere a impala came sprinting into the scene with 2 wild dogs in hot pursuit just about flattening a very bewildered Moya, the hyaena then gave chase as well but was soon sent packing as the dogs turned on it. The low flying missiles that was the hyaena soon came back to the scene and ran straight into Moya who by now was completely confused then we heard the sound of impala in distress and saw the dogs a few meters away had killed a impala. This caused absolute chaos as the dogs and hyaena started fighting for the food the hyaena definately came off second best and was sent yelping a few times. Atrue once in a life time sighting. Not to mention all the great general game, elephants, buffalo, and a serval hunting and killing a mouse as well as another Aardvark Amazing!!!

** the Tingana referred to is the male leopard; not the sister of 'our' Saseka.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 28, 2012, 01:09:18 AM
Trying to keep abreast of events for 'Wildlife in Africa' is becoming onerous  :nod2  Turn my head away for two days and - - - - - !

I have only just seen that Tara posted a blog on May 6 about Xivambalana. The blog also has news/photos of Karula and Induna,  HERE.  (http://tara-pirie.blogspot.ca/2012_05_01_archive.html)
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Post by: BBE on May 29, 2012, 04:45:34 PM
The week of May 20 - 26, 2012 at Arathusa was a week for leopards, ellies, impala and a rhino or two.

They also saw
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The young male leopard Shivambalana was also spotted, and the guests were treated to watching him make a kill. He killed a dove after leaping into the air and “punching” it out of the sky, pouncing on it as the dove came down about three metres ahead of him.

This would be the the lad we know as Xivamabalana.

http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/05/rangers-diary-20-26-may-2012/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/05/rangers-diary-20-26-may-2012/)
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Post by: BBE on May 31, 2012, 11:15:11 PM
From a newspaper in SA.

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A peek into a Ranger's Diary
2012-05-30 08:17

 
By Nadia Krige

Winter is coming... and you know what that means: time to dust off the old binoculars, haul out the dog-eared map book of your favourite game reserve and get those khakis ironed. As someone once said, it's a truth universally known that once the cold starts creeping closer there really is no better place to be than in the soothingly sunny South African bushveld.

So, in preparation for the winter bush season, we chatted to James Kydd, creator and editor of Ranger Diaries, 2011's South African Blog of the Year, to find out a bit more about game drive etiquette, some wild stories and a little insight into the game rangers' psyche.

For the rest of the interview go to:
http://www.news24.com/Travel/A-peek-into-a-Rangers-Diary-20120528 (http://www.news24.com/Travel/A-peek-into-a-Rangers-Diary-20120528)


The actual link to the diaries is:
http://www.rangerdiaries.com/diaries/ (http://www.rangerdiaries.com/diaries/)
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Post by: BBE on June 06, 2012, 09:35:35 PM
June 6, 2012 - wonderful footage of two relaxed lions today from Arathusa Safari Lodge

ARATHUSA Two young Kahuma males.mpg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8IKjRbbDhY#ws)

Thanks Jason
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 06, 2012, 10:11:19 PM
June 6, 2012

This photo of Marc was posted on WE's Ning, and from there onto FB's 'Djuma Djunkies' (DD) group.
http://wildearth.ning.com/photo/recognize-the-safari-guide-june-2-2012 (http://wildearth.ning.com/photo/recognize-the-safari-guide-june-2-2012)

On review of all the comments posted on the 'DD' page; the photo was first posted on May 19, 2012 and posted on two FB pages: (1) Selati Game Reserve' where Marc was working for a spell:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=146643365467609&set=a.146643292134283.31118.107477306050882&type=1 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=146643365467609&set=a.146643292134283.31118.107477306050882&type=1)

and then on an FB page titled 'Clearly Africa Guided Safaris'.

 :ecsmile
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Post by: BBE on June 07, 2012, 11:37:40 PM
Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve has changed its name to 'Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand, South Africa.

FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/CheetahPlains (https://www.facebook.com/CheetahPlains) which has some great photos; including this one of Xivambalana taken on June 5, 2012 by Dr. Kelbrink (whose photos we have seen before).  

Xivambalana is so grown up.  :eclove

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8144/7350634510_c01ea80302.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7350634510/)
June 5 - Xivambalana with Impala kill (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7350634510/#)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 19, 2012, 09:51:41 AM
I am not spending as much time these days checking African web sites for news. I have been busy with other pursuits.

I have spent an hour or two over the past three days finding some tidbits from posts made from/by:

June 16 - from Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve. Renovations are being made to the Lodge, and hope to re-open around mid August. Looks very nice.
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The much anticipated renovations is now fully underway at Cheetah Plains. Following careful consideration, the decision was made to keep the lodge as a unique, unpretentious and affordable getaway.
HERE.   (http://www.cheetahplains.com/news/entry/cheetah-plains-gets-a-makeover-but-keeps-its-rustic-charm)    

June 18 - from Arathusa Safari Lodge. They had great week with sightings of various lions and leopards. There was one sad event, but we were reminded that we usually do not see to get the rough, ugly side of bush life. WARNING - those of you with sensitive feelings may chose not  to read the first (and long) paragraph for Thursday. I will say that the Matimba  Coalition (4) who had not been seen for a few months appeared. They gave chase to two Nkuhuma females with two young male cubs (about a year or so old). One of the cubs did not survive.

Tingana, the male leopard was seen mating with Karula. He has been covering all bases as he had also been seen  mating with two other females) .  :nod2  HERE. (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/06/rangers-diary-10-16-june-2012/)

June 19 - Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve reported that in the past 24 hours that they too had seen Karula mating with the male Tingana. HERE.  (https://www.facebook.com/​pages/​Chitwa-Chitwa-Private-Game-Lodg​e/355809838257)

 :ecwink
 
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Post by: BBE on June 19, 2012, 03:23:20 PM
For some time I have meaning to post the 'Cyberdiaries' from Mashatu Game Reserve. Most of the photos and writing is by Andrei Snyman. These are for 2012.

Enjoy the beautiful photos.

http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/06/cyberdiary-17-june-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/06/cyberdiary-17-june-2012/)

http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/06/may-game-report-2/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/06/may-game-report-2/)

http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/04/cyberdiary-12-april-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/04/cyberdiary-12-april-2012/)

http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/03/cyberdiary-30-march-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/03/cyberdiary-30-march-2012/)

http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/02/cyberdiary-24-february-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/02/cyberdiary-24-february-2012/)   Wild dogs

http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/02/cyberdiary-17-february-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/02/cyberdiary-17-february-2012/)   Cheetahs

http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/01/cyberdiary-27-january-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/01/cyberdiary-27-january-2012/)    Wild dogs

http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/01/cyberdiary-20-january-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/01/cyberdiary-20-january-2012/)     Cheetahs
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 19, 2012, 03:30:13 PM
1.  A full article on Mashatu with C4 Images and Safaris.
http://www.mashatu.com/photo-hides.htm

2.  Isak Pretorius:

3. FB link to C4 photos and videos:
https://www.facebook.com/c4images.safaris/photos (https://www.facebook.com/c4images.safaris/photos)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 19, 2012, 04:34:12 PM
Kudos for Prince William who today spoke out strongly against rhino poaching. I posted the videos and articles  HERE.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1183.msg111847#msg111847)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 21, 2012, 11:34:26 AM
This is a mixed post with sad and good news about the Sparta Pride.  To refresh my memory it was helpful to read the my two previous posts with links to sequence of events.  I am re-posting them here:

May 2, 2012 blog from Adam Bannister at Londolozi indicates that the Sparta lioness who had twin cubs in early Dec. 2011 was found dead.  Sparta Pride Lioness is Dead.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/05/sparta-pride-lioness-is-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-39103) Warning the second photo may be upsetting to some who read here (it shows the lioness at rest); BUT there is a lovely video of the two young cubs, born Oct./Nov. 2011) who have been seen with the rest of the pride. Also a photo of them drinking with their mother.

Blogs in past few days:
  • May 10 - Fate of the Two Motherless Sparta Cubs. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/05/the-fate-of-the-two-motherless-sparta-cubs/) They are doing well  :heart
  • May 11 - More about Sparta Cubs.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/05/the-sparta-cubs-are-alive/)

May 17, James Tyrell posted 24 Hours with Sparta Pride Cubs.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/05/24-hrs-with-the-sparta-pride-cubs/)
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It is not often one gets to spend time with the same animals on three consecutive drives. The nature of the business means that you are invariably looking for leopards on one drive, lions the next and elephants after that, or some variation on the theme.  Recently though, I was fortunate enough to be with the Sparta lionesses and their new cubs for three drives in a row
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The cubs he saw are the sweet and rambunctious triplets born after the twins whose Mother died. The photos are beautiful. The third shows a lioness chewing some meat taken from a kill. A Majingilane Male is also shown.  The triplets are now 9-11 weeks old.

June 7, Adam Bannister posted Sparta Lion Cubs Just Want to Play. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/sparta-lion-cubs-just-want-to-play/)  These are the triplets and the video is super and shows the trio to be extremely healthy and active. The two 'Sparta Orphans' were watching on.

June 10, Adam Bannister posted The Sparta Pride Orphans. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/the-sparta-pride-orphans/)
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Since the death of the mother, over a month ago, we have been watching them carefully to see how things would shape out for them and the remainder of the Sparta Pride. The Sparta Pride currently sits at four lionesses, one of which has three small cubs, and then these two orphans.
A loving video of the Sparta Orphans suckling is included as well as beautiful photos. The Sparta Pride is so loving and caring.  :eclove


Unfortunately this is the sad part. It has taken me since yesterday when I myself read the news to wrap my head around it. Knowing and understanding life in the African bush is not always a happy one; it is still hard to read about the down side. And like all of us here, I am an animal lover.  This has been written and re-written through tears.   :eccry

Two days later (June 12), Adam Bannister posted the very sad news that one the Sparta Orphans had been killed.  Adam considers himself 'part lion'. He mentions in the previous post of June 10, that he and the guides etc. were encouraged how well the orphans were doing and how the Sparta Pride appeared to be ‘looking after’ the two. Only to be followed by the sad news that
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On Saturday night/Sunday morning one of the Sparta orphan cubs was killed. Orphaned Lion Cub Killed. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/orphaned-lion-cub-killed/) Her body was found on the morning game drive and has left a gaping hole in the Londolozi family.
He also indicated that
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before posting they stitched together the events (tracks and sightings) that brought about the demise of this 8 month old cub.
His concluding statement of the events leading to the unfortunate and untimely death of one of the Sparta Orphans reads
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In my books this goes down to pure bad luck. The Sparta Pride had been lured into the outskirts of the Tsalala Pride territory because of a wildebeest herd. Hungry bellies will take risks. The Tsalala females had been chased by males into an area in which they have spent very little time of late. The Sparta Pride must have made a great kill. Completely unbeknown to them was that their ‘rival’ pride was resting 500 meters away!
The Sparta Pride (which as of now currently consists of four lionesses, one of which has three small cubs, and now one orphan) will hopefully continue to take care of the 'orphan' and live a long life.   :eclove   :blownose

I do hope this is not the start of what Adam Bannister wrote about in his April 10 blog Lion Warfare: Autumn 2012.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/04/lion-warfare-autumn-2012/)
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Post by: BBE on June 21, 2012, 01:29:34 PM
Wonderful news from Londolozi  :ecsmile

I didn't see this until after I had started the previous post.  Life does go on  :nod2

Talley Smith had a beautiful guiding experience.
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A few weeks ago, a guiding dream came true for me. Every guide has something out there they’re dying to see, and I had always wanted to discover a leopard cub at a den. The Dudley Riverbank Female, interestingly one of the only Londolozi leopards I had never seen, obliged.
 Beautiful story with photos at: A Brand New Leopard Cub. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/a-brand-new-leopard-cub/)

A few days later Rich Laburn posted a video of the new cub taken by Adam Bannister. The wee one is not to sure about the clicking camera.
First Footage of a New Leopard Cub. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/first-footage-of-a-new-leopard-cub/)

I wish Mother and the cub well.  :eclove

:ty to Adam, Talley and Rich for their posts, photos and videos.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 21, 2012, 05:57:45 PM
Oh where, oh where is Seb?  He always said he hoped to see a Pangolin on a Djuma Drive. That never happened.  :ecsad

Today. at Arathusa Safari Lodge - guess what appeared?  A Pangolin, often called a
'scaly anteater'.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8015/7417171242_a731e3ea75.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7417171242/)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5120/7417171192_d53af97327.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7417171192/)

Reference:
http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/pangolin (http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/pangolin)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: fol-di-rol on June 21, 2012, 10:04:00 PM
Strange and interesting creature, that Pangolin!  It reminds me somewhat of an armadillo.  Those scales look almost like they could be prehistoric feathers.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 22, 2012, 10:56:02 PM
Today from Mashatu Game Reserve's FB page:
 https://www.facebook.com/#!/MashatuGameReserve (https://www.facebook.com/#!/MashatuGameReserve)

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‎'How far can an elephant throw a mountain bike?’ The guide gave that some thought. ‘Depends if you’re still on it.’
 
In the June issue of AA Traveller, Darrel Bristow-Bovey shares his experience in the saddle of a mountain bike, game viewing on the sun-scorched planes of Mashatu Game Reserve...a MUST READ for avid safari-goers...

A PDF of 3 pages. Very interesting and some good photos!  

http://www.mashatu.com/Press/AA-Traveller_Jun2012.pdf
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 23, 2012, 12:17:23 AM
Posted June 23 about 9 a.m. CAT on Mashatu's FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/MashatuGameReserve (https://www.facebook.com/#!/MashatuGameReserve)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5040/7424225502_ac3956988a_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7424225502/)
June 23 Posted about 9 am (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7424225502/#) Uploaded by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Beautiful animal  :eclove
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Post by: BBE on June 23, 2012, 09:26:34 PM
A few photos posted by three different game reserves on their FB page.

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve from June 22, about 7:30 p.m. CAT.
One member of the Matimba Coalition was seen on drive:

Roaring
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7429648022_29b81d07c5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7429648022/)

Chilling out
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8166/7429648116_766f30c7fd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7429648116/)

Mashatu Game Reserve from June 20. Dave Barnes took this photo and Mashatu Game reserve just posted it on their FB Page
'Go-away bird' coming in for a landing.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/7429648328_3c5374b848.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7429648328/)

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve from June 23 morning of a beautiful sunrise.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/7429648208_2ff0fa72ab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7429648208/)

Enjoy  :ecsmile
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Post by: Cawatcher on June 23, 2012, 09:37:10 PM
 :eceek Thank you BBE!!! Enjoyig WOW!!!

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 24, 2012, 01:11:13 AM
Hi Cali, you are most welcome. I'm pleased to see a couple of folks have popped by this topic in the past week or so to see the activity updates.

Pete LeRoux has been working on getting a larger conservation area for the animals by dropping the borders of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana for 15 years. It is a reality in practice now.

For a little over 15 years now Pete LeRoux (General Manager of Mashatu Game Reserve; an the man responsible for the creation of Pete's Pond) and others worked on providing a larger conservation for the animals.  Late last year they succeeded and the borders for animal traversings (and associated laws over same) were dropped between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana.
The area is now known as 'The Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area'; commonly referred to as the 'TCA'. 

Dropping the boundaries between the three countries appears to have worked. We are starting to see leopards and lions in areas we didn't see them before.

As well as getting to see Andrei Snyman * and Pete LeRoux; this video gives a good explanation of what has occurred and the benefits of same.

BCE A New Frontier (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-GaAJLTzSg#ws)

*Andrei Snyman is the Principal Researcher with the 'The Northern Tuli Predator Project' at Mashatu.
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The project was started in started in 2007 and focuses mainly on the study of lions and leopards. Additional large carnivore species have also since been selected for further studies, as part of the greater carnivore assemblage in the reserve. These include spotted hyenas and cheetah.
  And he takes awesome photos of the wildlife.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 26, 2012, 03:11:00 PM
June 24, 2012 photo taken by Andrei Snyman on Mashatu Game Reserve. A great picture :clap

Open Wide

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7450547890_3bdf80a0a4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7450547890/)
June 24 Open wide ! by Andrei Snyman (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7450547890/#) Posted here by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

  :ty   Andrei 

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 26, 2012, 03:23:01 PM
June 24 from Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand, SA.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/7450568318_cd57a24172.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7450568318/)
Styx Pride Lioness taken at Cheetah Plains.  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7450568318/#) Posted here by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

This photo of the injured Styx lioness was posted today, BUT was taken at the end of May. She may have been injured while defending a cub. Another CP person posted that it appears all the Styx cubs have been accounted for.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 26, 2012, 04:42:29 PM
June 25

A fascinating read HERE.   (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/06/elephant-update-25-june-2012/)

 :biggrin3
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Post by: emc on June 30, 2012, 04:07:20 PM
I am reading "The Elephant Whisperer" by Lawrence Anthony.  I saw mention of him on one of the African blogs a while back and of his book. Fascinating reading of his taking a wild traumatized herd of elephants onto his reserve. ( Thula Thula) The pages especially come alive as we have seen the landscape on Petes Pond and Wild Earth Safari's. The animals mentioned and some of the behaviors that are mentioned are familiar also.  :biggrin3

Lawrence Anthony died this year and the elephants came to honor or grieve for him. This is one of many articles about it.
He died on May 2 during the night of May1-2. The elephants made a 12 hour trek and arrived at the main house on May 2 and stayed all day.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/wild-elephants-mourn-death-of-elephant-whisperer/ (http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/wild-elephants-mourn-death-of-elephant-whisperer/)

A video on YouTube of a visit on Thula Thula 2004

thula thula private game reserve kwazulu natal south africa - dec 2000.mp4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M6MJzNjI6U#)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on June 30, 2012, 04:39:13 PM
A tribute to Lawrence, with an interview 2 weeks before his death last half of video.

Lawrence Anthony tribute (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwPvivNpX_M#ws)

I hope this will copy. From the facebook The Elephant Whisperer a picture and description of the elephant tribute to their friend.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=312547302139733&set=a.143817665679365.28638.139219796139152&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=312547302139733&set=a.143817665679365.28638.139219796139152&type=1&theater)
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Post by: BBE on June 30, 2012, 10:45:41 PM
Hi Beth, and thanks for the info about the book and the link to FB page (which works OK) re 'The Elephant Whisperer'.

I bought the book shortly after Lawrence Anthonyny died. He led a remarkable life and loved the elephants like family. In return they loved him and made the trek back to honour him for saving and caring for them. I was extremelyly 'misty-eyed reading the book

Those of us who have watched Pete's Pond and WildEarth (particularly WE) since 2006 / 2007 have witnessed the matriarchal society in operation. From rescuing little elephants who accidentally (and intentionally  :eclol)slid / fell into Pete's Pond, to staying with one who is in labour, pushing them around so they learn how to walk, use their trunk, suckle, drink water, to nursing the calf of a mother who has died, to being with one who is dying and of others coming to grieve.  They are so lovable and fun to watch and be with. They are indeed 'Gentle Giants'.

If you ever get the chance to watch of PBS's series - do. I learned much of what I know about elephants from the videos and a couple of books from the library.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/unforgettable-elephants/echos-family-tree/4488/ (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/unforgettable-elephants/echos-family-tree/4488/)

 :ty
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 30, 2012, 11:22:25 PM
 :blush  Better late than never from June 18 about sighting of Styx Pride and also Majingilane Males.

http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/06/rangers-diary-10-16-june-2012/
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 30, 2012, 11:36:55 PM
June 30 by Mike Dexter

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8022/7477069816_c6fdba44cc_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7477069816/)
C4 Image of elephant's trunk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7477069816/#)

There are some great photos being poste on FB from the hides.  :nod2

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on July 02, 2012, 09:14:23 PM
A very special treat from Londolozi

Mother leopard and young cub play

http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/07/leopard-cub-plays-with-mother/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/07/leopard-cub-plays-with-mother/)

BBE reported on this leopard cub as a newborn. It bears repeating here with this play video, imo. You simply can't have too much of leopard cubs.  :biggrin3

First footage of a new leopard cub

A video

http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/first-footage-of-a-new-leopard-cub/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/first-footage-of-a-new-leopard-cub/)

Some stills of the same cub

http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/a-brand-new-leopard-cub/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/a-brand-new-leopard-cub/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 03, 2012, 12:18:55 AM
Beth,
Thanks for posting the July 2 blog from Londolozi updating us on the newest cub - such a sweetie. S/he looks extremely well and very playful. Mother is a very gentle caring one, and is obviously keeping the youngest well tucked away for now; just like the leopard we all love; "Diva of Djuma, Karula".  :eclove

I just removed 'post latest blog from Londolozi' from my 'To Do' list.

 :offtobed

Note: July 3 - edited post to add the words in maroon. My brain was ahead of my fingersFingers were ahead of the brain, and it was 12:18 A.M.  :blush
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: cinnemon on July 03, 2012, 07:01:53 AM
wow emc what exciting footage of that wee little cub. Loved the way it practically disappeared behind the grass. thanks for sharing :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on July 03, 2012, 12:23:16 PM
BBE, is that Mom, Karula?   :eceek  :biggrin3  I didn't look close at her markings and didn't note name of mom.

Well no wonder Mom and cub were comfortable with the landrover. Oh my :wub

Now I need to go look at your map and see where Londolozi is in relation to Djuma.

Alright! It is right there near Djuma. Here is the post with the map for others interested.
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg85718#msg85718 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg85718#msg85718)

Can you tell us where WE had their safari's using the map as reference points? Thanks
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 03, 2012, 06:42:18 PM
Beth and all, my brain was ahead of fingers when I posted about the new cub and it's Mum. (3 posts above).  :blush   It was not Karula. I have added the rest of the words in maroon.

Djuma Private Game Reserve (meaning "roar of the lion" in Shangaan) is a private lodge of 7000 hectares (17,300 acres) within the Sabi Sand Reserve. Not small by any means.  

MORE MAPS these maps show:
https://sites.google.com/site/grahamwallington/westerngowriemap_web.jpg [/color]

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8429/7498575440_26b632e5b5_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7498575440/)
WE drive area on Djuma Game Reserve (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7498575440/#)

* The map was done by Graham Wallington (in mid 2000's when the drives started). In the top right corner he wrote
Quote
Currently WE traverses Djuma Game reserve around Vuyatela lodge known as 'Western Gowrie'. The names of the roads and places are current, but they do change from time to time.
:ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 08, 2012, 08:47:25 PM
July 4th from Andrei Snyman.

Quote
Wild Dogs update:
The resident pack of five wild dogs is soon going to increase its numbers. The alpha female is monitored daily via her satellite GPS collar, and for the past few days the pack hasn’t moved at all.


More at: http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/07/cyberdiary-4-july-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/07/cyberdiary-4-july-2012/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 08, 2012, 08:51:03 PM
July 5 - Styx lionesses roar at the vehicle on Arathusa

I wonder if the vehicle was too close or were they protecting ??

Arathusa Styx lionesses roaring towards vehicle.mpg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXgfyCLSOVA#ws)
 
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on July 09, 2012, 11:03:42 AM
The Wild Dogs are all dead. Poisoned along with other animals. Extremely disturbing news.  :eccry

http://tulipredatorproject.ning.com/profiles/blogs/armageddon-for-the-wild-dogs (http://tulipredatorproject.ning.com/profiles/blogs/armageddon-for-the-wild-dogs)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 09, 2012, 10:43:11 PM
Beth, thank you for posting that update about the Wild Dogs.  This is all so sad.   :eccry

I have done some looking on the 'net' for information about 'Temik'. It is a pesticide. One of the makers of this product was Bayer; who is no longer making it.  From what I have read so far it appears that the farmers can acquire it quite readily.

More legislation about it's use distributiontion may be required.
 
Temik /Temic /Aldicarb is
Quote
widely used as a pesticide on crops such as cotton, potatoes and peanuts. It is registered in terms of Fertilizers, Farm Seeds, Agricultural and Stock Remedies Act of 1947.
(1)

In South Africa, Aldicarb is popularly known as 'Two Step'. Commonly used by burglars to poison dogs used to guard houses vs. burglars. (2)

It has also been used by poachers of rhinos to kill them (3)

References:

(1) http://www.health24.com/medical/Focus_centres/777-2268-2552-2590,31989.asp (http://www.health24.com/medical/Focus_centres/777-2268-2552-2590,31989.asp)

(2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldicarb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldicarb)

(3) http://africascience.blogspot.ca/2007/08/chemical-crime.html (http://africascience.blogspot.ca/2007/08/chemical-crime.html)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: cinnemon on July 10, 2012, 02:44:46 PM
 :ecsad :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 10, 2012, 11:17:12 PM
July 9 Blog from Arathusa, with a Mini alert - - the Styx pride did kill a zebra. The second photo shows one of the lionesses tearing away some meat.

http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/07/rangers-diary-1-%E2%80%93-7-july-2012/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/07/rangers-diary-1-%E2%80%93-7-july-2012/)

They had awesome drives and sighting, large breeding herd of elephants, the Styx Pride, the Nkuhumas, the female leopard Salayexe, Lamula a male leopard in that area, and - -  'Shadow' (Karula's eldest daughter) and a sighting of the 'Diva' herself (Karula) was seen.

No photo of Karula at Arathusa, but I have one of her to post from a day or two (before or after she was seen at Arathusa. She was seen at Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 10, 2012, 11:54:34 PM
This and the next post, on Cheetah Plains FB page are referred to as 'Andrew's Golden Oldies'. So while the first photo on this page was posted July 9 and the other 3 in this post and 4 in the next; show they were posted July 10; just by the title I am ?? they may have been taken a little while ago?

They are still lovely to see!

Posted July 9 - Karula - looking well.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7270/7548095324_1026f6640b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548095324/)
Posted on FB July 9 - Karula July 9 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548095324/#)

Posted on July 10 - members of the Tsalala Pride
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7548095148_0539c3de9e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548095148/)
Posted on FB July 10 - Tsalala Pride Females (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548095148/#)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7261/7548095200_6257388906.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548095200/)
Posted on FB July 10 - Tsalala Females (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548095200/#)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8282/7548095256_1733d5b95b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548095256/)
Posted on FB July 10 - Tsalala Female (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548095256/#)

More > > > >
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2012, 12:02:08 AM
With the same caveat as previous post; these were posted on Cheetah Plains FB page on July 10; but ? when taken as referred to as 'Andrew's Golden Oldies'.

Three photos of the Matimba Males.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/7548160706_c59952d773.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160706/)
Posted on FB July 10 - Matimba Males x 5 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160706/#)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8008/7548160588_dae62ff973.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160588/)
Posted on FB July 10 Matimba Males (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160588/#)
 
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/7548160648_a37a48f196.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160648/)
Posted on FB July10 Matimba Male Stretches (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160648/#)

One photo of the Styx Male.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/7548160518_ba07cfc498.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160518/)
Posted on FB on July 10 Styx Male  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160518/#)

 :biggrin3
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2012, 12:21:39 AM
July 5 of a Black-backed Jackal (aka - 'Silver-backed Jackal). A beauftiful photo.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7548242106_058ed989ea.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548242106/)
July 5  Black-backed Jackal on he move. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548242106/#)

July 8 of a Gabar Goshawk
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7266/7548241986_24336d9cbd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548241986/)
July 8 Gabar Goshawk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548241986/#)

Reference for the Gabar Goshawk: http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-gabar-goshawk.html (http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-gabar-goshawk.html)

July 9 Dave took this profile photo of one of the wild dogs before they all died so tragically.  :eccry
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8028/7548241836_11c9fe9055.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548241836/)
July 9 - Wild dog profile - Mashatu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548241836/#)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2012, 12:51:57 AM
These four photos were taken from the hides on Mashatu Game Reserve. Isak Pretorious was teaching a course. Some of these photos were taken by the students. Well done.  :clap

July 6 - Bee-eaters and ellies coming in under the branches
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7262/7548315474_4f5f194813.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315474/)
July 6 Bee-eaters and ellies arriving (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315474/#)

July 7 - Elands
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7548315410_c94bfcf7d4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315410/)
July 7 Elands (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315410/#)

Isak's comment with the photo
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7115/7548315578_1c699f75f3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315578/)
Goes with Elands (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315578/#)

July 8 - Ellies  :thumbup:   :biggrin3
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7137/7548315326_d83a2fb5a7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315326/)
July 8 Ellies (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315326/#)

Isak's comment with the photo.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8164/7548315552_0127110700.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315552/)
Goes with Ellies (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315552/#)

July 9 - Steenbok
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7255/7548315146_6dd87a1d8a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315146/)
July 9 Steenbok (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548315146/#)

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 13, 2012, 11:05:26 AM
I found some spare minutes, so the latest three updates from Londolozi.
 
July 11 - the 'Ghost Leopards' referred to before - have appeared  :thumbup:  HERE.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/07/new-leopard-cubs-sighted/)

July 12 - where is the Sparta Orphan? - hopefully at 8 months OK on her own   :goodluck HERE.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/07/new-leopard-cubs-sighted/)

July 13 - The week in review. Great photos and words about the Tsalala Pride and other cool sightings. HERE. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/07/the-week-in-pictures-48/)

Have a great weekend  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on July 13, 2012, 10:09:03 PM
Lots of lions and leopards at Londolozi, and a cheetah sighting too!  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 18, 2012, 10:24:34 PM
June 2012 Newletter from Elephant Plains

News about several leopards, the male leopard Tingana seen mating (again) with Karula, and the 'old' Jordaan who they say is ailing.  Shadow also seen mating with male Tingana. She was due to give birth around that time. did she give borth and the cubs died or did she abort before meeting with Tingana?
 
Lions experienced a loss or two.  And a Tsalala female mating with a Manjingilane male.

http://campaign.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120710151809/20120710151809.html (http://campaign.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120710151809/20120710151809.html)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on July 19, 2012, 05:39:51 PM
I was looking for recent news of Yambilu Jordaan. I came across this Ranger Diary that has an incident with a porcupine that might explain his decline.( I am sure BBE posted a link to this report earlier, but is relevant to today)

Rangers Diary - Arathusa Safari Lodge Blog

http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/06/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/06/)

Scroll down to Friday June 22,2012

A snippet

" We watched him as he plucked each and every quill out of the porcupine. Porcupines are most active at night and are extremely difficult to catch as their quills are long and menacing. Jordaan must have had quite an ordeal landing his kill, as there were two quills stuck into the loose skin of this older leopard male – not a good thing, as they can cause the site to go septic."

They saw quills all over the place, and saw later that afternoon that the quills that were visible in his neck were gone. That doesn't mean that he got them completely out tho, so maybe this is why he is thin now. Mouth sore and can't eat. 

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 19, 2012, 06:17:03 PM
Beth, thanks so much for posting the above Arathusa post. One that I missed (I had company that week.)

Very interesting indeed. As far as I know DPGR has yet to respond to the question by folks re ID of the leopard the guides reported looking unwell.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 22, 2012, 03:37:47 PM
A very well written and nice write up about 'Great Safari Man', aka - Dave Varty.Great Safari Man.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/07/great-safari-man/)
 
I also found this one: Full Circle: Dave Varty.  (http://www.londolozi.com/en/about/full-circle/)

More re history of Londolozi: 85 Years of Londolozi.  (http://www.londolozi.com/en/about/years-of-londolozi/)

His brother John is a conservationist and filmmaker. In late March 2012 while filming, he was attacked by a tiger at a reserve where he breeds the big Asian cats. Tiger Attack. (http://www.wildphotossafaris.com/1/post/2012/04/john-varty-conservationist-extraordinaire.html)   John has recovered from the event.  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 22, 2012, 03:46:18 PM
Week 49 in Pictures by Talley Smith from Londolozi

Some really great photos, especially one of a few hours old elephant - so cute.  HERE.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/07/the-week-in-pictures-49/)


Enjoy  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 22, 2012, 04:03:40 PM
The female leopard Salayexe was seen late on an afternoon drive.  

Brendon Cremer took some beautiful photos of her. HERE.   (http://www.odpsafaris.co.za/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=184&Itemid=13#.UAwmVvGTcaA.facebook)

Brendon Cremer is a awesome photographer of African Wildlife. Many of his photos are on his page on FB HERE.   (http://www.facebook.com/brendon.cremer.photography)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 22, 2012, 05:03:32 PM
I had to keep going back and forth behind photos and FB, so as to get this story straight.  :mconfused

July 17 a post from CCPGL about the lions in the area, buffalo kill etc.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8294/7625867812_86ca390535.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625867812/)

July 19 - Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge (CCPGL) posted:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8429/7625602924_3fbdeea40e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625602924/)

July 22 - The Styx Male has been seen after the action. Warning - not gross, but he sustained a nasty injury to his left eye.  
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7625602380_89955fef16.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625602380/)

Needless to say many posts about his welfare. from treating the eye, to feeding him etc. I believe my posts are in correct sequence.

By Juan Jose Coque Rubio and Mika Hak (who is with CCPGL)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7625602794_48f97f8bbb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625602794/)

By Tristan Dicks
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8150/7625602556_9b5f759145.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625602556/)

By Mika Hak with CCPGL
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8282/7625602100_24aa19d986.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625602100/)

By Diane Adsit and Syl Yemen**
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8282/7625602100_24aa19d986.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625602100/)
** is one of the Admins for the FB group 'Leopards of Sabi Sands'.

I just checked and I don't see any more updates. In Sabi Sands it is now Mon. July 23 at 1 a.m. CAT
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 22, 2012, 05:31:24 PM
Also today July 22 CAT a lone male lion from Kruger National Park was seen guarding the carcass of a dead elephant on Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. The elephant seemingly was killed by another bull elephant.

To me the elephant looks like a teenager??  I am not posting the only photo, as like me you all love elephants. Not gruesome, but not a pleasant sight.

On FB from SSPGR
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8431/7625993716_f9e2d3632e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625993716/)

By Diane Adsit
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8150/7625993636_64a0bf1fed.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625993636/)

By Syl Yemen
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7128/7625993550_60a3ddc815.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7625993550/)

The last post is at least good news.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 23, 2012, 02:00:46 PM
July 23

Follow the blue link to New Life Begins on Mashatu.   (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/07/elephant-update-23-july-2012/)

 :biggrin3   :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 23, 2012, 09:50:20 PM
July 23 eve.

I am reposting the map of Sabi Sands as this and the next post refer to two previously unmentioned reserves.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8026/7634825612_cb4e5f5980.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7634825612/)
July 23 Map showing Singita and Lion Sands (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7634825612/#)

This video which is a short but fantastic sighting of several lionesses with a couple of youngsters on the Singita Reserve.  Location on the map is in the outcropping; the first (eastern side) section; directly under 'Exeter Leadwood' and 'Exeter River' Lodges.

Incredible sighting of lion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szys2CJXf7I#ws)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 23, 2012, 10:00:23 PM
July 23 eve.

The second report comes from Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. Look at the map in previous post, go down to the bottom of the map and look for 'Paul Kruger Gate'.  Just above and a 'teeny weeny smidge' to the right you will see Lion Sands "Ivory' and 'River' Lodges.

And you will see that one of the two (or the only one) of the Mapogo Males is alive and appears to be in relative good health.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7634825774_417f0af262.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7634825774/)

 :ecwink
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 23, 2012, 10:19:21 PM
July 23 eve

The latest weekly report from Arathusa for July 15 - 21, 2012. (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/07/rangers-diary-15-%E2%80%93-21-july-2012/)

Be sure to read the daily report for:


:offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 23, 2012, 11:21:32 PM
July 23 eve. I knew I forgot one update  :blush

Yesterday in my post #130 above I reported on the elephant taken down by another bull elephant at Sabi Sabi PGR. There was lion guarding it.  One the posts indicated that the elephants head would be removed so any poachers wouldn't have the tusks.

This has been done and Sabi Sabi PGR posted the event on their blog.  There are a few upsetting photos of the stae of the carcass after hyenas and vultures had been there. I figured out how to copy the post, delete the 'untoward' photos. and uploaded those to post here.

I am going to quote the post by Richard de Gouveia, then add the three photos at the end.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8027/7635170756_da318fb4be.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7635170756/)

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'when heavy-weights clash'
by Richard de Gouveia on July 23, 2012

What a crazy start to the day when we noticed hordes of vultures descending on the bush. The sight of about a hundred vultures surrounding a huge male elephant lying on its side, with rigamortis setting in fast, met us. We were informed that the bull had sustained fatal wounds from a fight with another elephant bull and finally gave up his fight close to the Msutlu River. His head containing the Ivory tusks was removed by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin in order to eliminate any threat of attracting poachers to the reserve and will be placed back with the carcass when the time allows.

Unsettling photos of the lion guarding the dead elephant, hyenas and vultures on the carcass not posted here. /BBE

The vultures hung around hoping for an opportunity to get in at the bounty that was ahead of them. Vets from the Kruger National Park were on hand to assess the injuries, taking samples of the wounded areas and cut the thick hide to allow the scavengers to access the carcass and to start the process of decomposition of the six-ton gentle giant. The hyenas didn’t take long to get there but their bickering over positions at the carcass attracted one of the Kruger males. He didn’t waste time in clearing the other animals from the carcass and sat down to enjoy the monstrous feast in front of him.

Vulture photos x 2 were here./BBE

He has been there for the past two days now and is still feeding on the rotting carcass. The smell is quite horrendous but hasn’t seemed to put him off in the least. I am sure this elephant will provide many amazing opportunities to watch lion and hyena interaction over the next two weeks.

Photo of the lion was here./ BBE

This morning when we went in to see what was happening, the lion had abandoned the rotting carcass, opening up an opportunity for the vultures and hyenas to get stuck into the carcass. The hyenas looked incredibly nervous, anticipating the return of the lion but did not waste time in getting shoulder- deep into the carcass to get to some of the meat.
The vultures squabbled amongst themselves as they fought for space at the lacerations that were made. Their long, thin necks make it easy for them to get to the meat inside but the biggest areas are being guarded by the bigger hyenas who temporarily chase the birds off.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8168/7635229072_9c56819705.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7635229072/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7115/7635228984_a6022ce581.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7635228984/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8028/7635229144_d202905ba0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7635229144/)

This would not have been easy time for all involved in this action.  Nature looks after its own in diverse ways.  This is an example of life in the bush we don't see very often.   :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 28, 2012, 09:44:04 PM
Our 'Karula' was seen July 27 on Arathusa and recorded by Ryan Johnston.

She looks well. I wonder if she is 'eating for two' ?

Karula up a tree.mpg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1fe93phfVo#ws)


 :wub
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 28, 2012, 09:55:34 PM
July 27 reported in 'The Inquisitr' (Huffington Post)

Lioness Attacks Crocodile To Protect Her Cubs In Battle Caught On Camera. Some awesome photos of the lioness in action.

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A photographer, (48-year-old Pia Dierckz), in Africa captured a tense scene as a lioness attacks a crocodile that was threatening her pride.

Read more at:
http://www.inquisitr.com/286450/lioness-attacks-crocodile-to-protect-her-cubs-in-battle-caught-on-camera/#87BsMcvqXdA2QIV8.99 (http://www.inquisitr.com/286450/lioness-attacks-crocodile-to-protect-her-cubs-in-battle-caught-on-camera/#87BsMcvqXdA2QIV8.99)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on July 29, 2012, 01:08:37 AM
Amazing isn't it. The rest of the pride cross and look back to check on her progress. She gets a small wound on her mouth, hopefully it won't interfere with her eating at all. Love seeing her family after they crossed, a few young males, a couple of tiny ones.  :eclove

This link has a slideshow of 10 pictures of the incident.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/lionness-fends-off-alliga_n_1701939.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/lionness-fends-off-alliga_n_1701939.html)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 02, 2012, 09:03:18 PM
'Paper, Paper for sale' - read all the latest news from Elephants Plains Game Lodge HERE. (http://campaign.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120730104613/20120730104613.html)

The male leopard Tingana is covering all bases - he has been seem mating with three if not four females; including Karula and Shadow.

More news on the Styx Male who was badly injured. Most what is printed has been reported on Djuma Djunkies on FB.

Have a good weekend.  Monday is a holiday here, so as of tomorrow (Fri.) the roads and ferries will be busy. And it is meant to be HOT

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on August 02, 2012, 09:53:10 PM
The most amazing report from that last link, was that a leopard Mom moved her cubs in the open and led the guides to her new den. And when she got there she called the cubs out to show them off. How super is that! They have closed viewing of the site till the little ones are bigger and stronger. Very smart move.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 03, 2012, 10:29:09 AM
Thanks Beth,

Last evening my mind was on several things and I forgot to mention the female leopard 'Salayexe' and her new cubs.  Mother leopards are very protective of their new cubs and sometimes move them a few times to be sure they are secure from predators.

Karula moved one of first two litters a couple of times to avoid the lions who were in the area at that time. I think it was her 2nd litter 'the boys'; Induna and Mixo.  :question
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 05, 2012, 11:24:59 AM
Aug. 4 - Good News update re Styx Male Lion  :ecsmile

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8432/7718880662_67fcae35e9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7718880662/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 05, 2012, 11:34:21 AM
Ranger's Diary for July 22 -  28, 2012  HERE.  (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/07/)

Sightings included Salayexe, Male Tingana, Shadow and Ellies and other animals.

A beautiful photo of the leopard Ntimba by Ryan Johnston  HERE.  (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/08/july-sightings-3/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 05, 2012, 11:40:17 AM
The big news in the July report from Mashatu Game Reserve  HERE,    (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/08/july-game-report-2/) is the birth on lion cubs.  :eclove

Beautiful photos taken by Andrei Snyman.   :bow :clap

:ty
 
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 05, 2012, 11:47:50 AM
Adam Bannister said there would be a change in lion dominance - and it seems that he was correct.  He is convinced that the Four Majingilane Males have the upper hand in assurance and confidence;  for now

Adam's blog from Aug. 4th is  HERE.    (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/the-majingilane-four/)

Off to keep cool and do some  :reading


Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 06, 2012, 12:45:34 PM
Aug. 6 from Cheetah Plains

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This young leopard tried to jump a monitor lizard sitting on the bank and ended up in Djuma Dam **   - - - - he is one of Thandi's boys.

His name is 'Wabayiza' and is the only son of Thandi (the other died as a cub). Thandi is known to us as 'Saseka' (from Karula's first litter of twin girls; 'Saseka / Thandi' and 'Tingana / Shadow'.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7118/7727497324_e7b4f18203.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7727497324/)

** Djuma Dam has been mentioned before. It is located south of Djuma Private Game Reserve (with Gowrie Dam).  It borders Cheetah Plains (formerly known as Djuma Bush Lodge) and Chitwa Chitwa.  See the right hand side of this map.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg114823#msg114823)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2012, 08:43:25 PM
And to follow on the previous post.  Wabayiza's father is Mvula; a large male leopard we saw very infrequently on drives. 

Information about Mvula is located HERE.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1087.msg99607#msg99607)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2012, 09:39:43 PM
Blogs from:

1. Idube Game Reserve for July. Awesome photos of leopards, lions and other sightings.   HERE.  (http://idubelodge.blogspot.co.il/2012/08/update-and-rangers-pictures-from-last.html)


2. Sabi Sabi Reserve with story of the Southern Pride ( 4 or 5 lionesses) taking down a buffalo.  The photos of the lions are beautiful.  HERE.  (http://www.sabisabi.com/blog/1519/lions-pull-down-a-buffalo/)

There is a 3:30 minute video at the end with the a warning 'Not for Sensitive Viewers'. The lionesses actions were interesting to see (briefly with one eye). It was the noise from the buffalo (who is not seen too well) that got to me. If you choose to watch, I suggest you turn the volume down.

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2012, 10:22:07 PM
Posted Aug. 6

Rangers' Diary for 29 July – 4 August 2012  HERE,    (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/08/)  with yet another beautiful photo of a female leopard - 'Shadow'.

'Shadow' is known to many of us as 'Tingana'.  She and her twin sister 'Saseka' were Karula's first litter in Feb. 2007.  Before the cubs were very old other lodges were calling them 'Shadow' (Tingana) and 'Thandi' (Saseka).

Down the road this has made it easier in one aspect.  There is now a male leopard known as 'Tingana' who has been seen mating with Karula. and a couple of other female leopards.  :really    :nod2

Are you  now well and truly  :mconfused  :puzzled2

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2012, 10:27:02 PM
August 7, Update from Chitwa Chitwa PGL

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8427/7737828892_5c4bed2e02.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7737828892/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2012, 10:40:28 PM
Aug. 7 - Update from Singita Sabi Sabi

Today this beautiful photo on FB caught my eye , I have posted once before about Singita Sabi Sabi (SSS).

This photo was taken by Dylan Brandt who is a Field Guide at 'SSS'.  The Ravenscourt Female Leopard hangs about there and this is photo is one of her two cubs. And the post accompanying the photo on FB

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8421/7737828372_38400c7582.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7737828372/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8430/7737828496_d8a3a9cc12.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7737828496/)

I went to Singita's FB page and found Dylan had taken a photo of both cubs with their Mother the Ravenscourt Female.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7256/7738034906_87b2ee2ccd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7738034906/)

Too much going on at all the lodges to keep up with. There are going to be many new cubs early next year.

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 08, 2012, 11:57:57 AM
Yesterday on the FB Group 'Leopards of Sabi Sands'  I asked if anyone had seen or read anything about Xivindzi.

Anat Umansky replied "Last I remember was from Chitwa many months ago (around six months or more) after that I am not sure if anyone has seen her and known it was her . I'll check some more and if I find anything after that I'll let you know."

She (Anat) frequently posts in 'Leopards of Sabi Sands. I need to inquire re her background. I am wondering if she is a guide at one of the reserves??

Also, Cheetah Plains is going to ask their guides / rangers for any word of her.  The person who posted said she may have moved a little north onto the Manyeleti Game Reserve area. ? Mixo up there too, who also hasn't been seen for some time.

Location of Manyeleti Game Reserve in relation to Sabi Sands.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8307/7741716616_3d54cbb9fd.jpg) (http://[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7741716616/)

:ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 08, 2012, 12:30:33 PM
Aug. 8. A super photo of a male Eland with Oxpeckers x 2.

This photo was taken by Dave B.   :thumbup:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8295/7741768394_f5f43040dc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7741768394/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 08, 2012, 05:46:27 PM
I did find out some information about Anat U - two posts above this one.

Anat apparently has been to been to Africa numerous times and on safaris. As a result she has connections with various lodges and their guides as a result. She has tracked and studied the leopard families for a long time.  She is currently assisting the Admin. of the 'Leopards of Sabi Sands' group on FB to do the same thing with the 'Lions of Sabi Sands' group on FB.

I was told
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that if anyone can track down information, from her sources in Sabi Sands and on facebook from all the lodges she monitors activity out of on line, she can.  She is just basically an obsessed fan who has been there and established contacts she can use to gather information that might not get posted on line, which she can add in to everything she finds on line.

Anat does a wonderful job of posting photos, links and updates on FB groups.  :ty

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 08, 2012, 08:32:33 PM
Isak Pretorious has been back at Mashatu.   Awesome photos x 2.

Aug. 7 from Tuli block of Mashatu.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8431/7744104074_791477c088.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7744104074/)

Aug. 8 from an elephant hide at Mashatu.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8307/7744104046_f410e7c9fa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7744104046/)

Link to info about the Northern Tuli Predator Project  HERE.    (http://www.mashatu.com/research_predator.htm)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 09, 2012, 10:32:04 PM
Ever wondered who is behind the name I sometimes mention, or you note in blog I post? Some are Rangers/Guides/Photographers and other staff at the lodges in Sabi Sands.

If you are on Facebook - check out this link and see the faces that go with the names;  HERE.   (https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Appreciation-of-RangersGuidesPhotographers-staff-of-Sabi-Sand-Lodges/283478615031983)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 09, 2012, 10:42:43 PM
Lion activity at Elephant Plains in the past week includes:

1. Aug. 5 - from Brendon Cremer.  Lions Team Up (the Tsalala's ?).   (http://www.odpsafaris.co.za/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=194&Itemid=13)

2. Aug. 9 - from Wim.   A Very Special Encounter with Salayexe's Cubs.  (http://www.odpsafaris.co.za/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=203&Itemid=13#.UCRQF4WyUDN.facebook)

Thirsty lionesses (? Tsalalas)
Lions at Elephant Plains, August 9, 2012 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjRbjBwH0ZY#)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 09, 2012, 10:47:16 PM
Aug. 8, 2012 from Chitwa Chitwa PGL

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The last few days were amazing! The big herd of buffalo is still in the area. They were trailed by the four young Tsalala females, one Styx female and the Nkuhuma female with her young male cub.
Ntima and Mvula both have impala kills.
This morning we found the four young Tsalala females with a giraffe kill and as you can think quite a few vultures and hyenas waiting for the spoils.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 09, 2012, 11:02:51 PM
Aug. 9, 2012 - Original Tailless Tsalala Female - has a New Cub.

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Born in 1998 many thought her too old to have another litter. She has proved us all wrong. And we at Londolozi are delighted! One of the most loved lionesses in the whole of the Sabi Sands has given birth. The Tailless Female from the Tsalala Pride has had another litter. Discovered on the 2 August 2012, a single cub was seen suckling from it’s mother. Safely stashed away at Marthly Pools we are delighted to announce the newest arrival to the Tsalala Pride and yet another magical moment for the Lions of Londolozi.

The rest of the blog and photos can be found  HERE.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/original-tailless-female-has-a-new-cub/)

From FB post. I cropped the slightly blurred photo so cub is in the center - a sweet face  :ecloves

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8432/7751143492_ef06e17cb8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7751143492/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/7751143434_44ce6dab9a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7751143434/)

Great news indeed. I hope BB and new cub do well.  :eclove

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 09, 2012, 11:36:47 PM
Aug. 8, 2012 - Adam Bannister posts a request to posters on two group pages on FB

Related to the injured Styx Male.

Over the past few days a few posters have been asking why the rangers / guides and /or the Sabi Sands authorities etc. can't do anything to help him or at least bring in a vet to look at him.  One actually wrote to the Administrator of Sabi Sands.

As we have learned over the years any action carried out by the 'field personnel' and / or the authorities boils down to was 'the injury/condition' human or nature induced'.

Adam's post:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8438/7751143576_6ee2707111.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7751143576/)

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 11, 2012, 09:03:34 PM
August 11, 2012

Adam Bannister posted an update about the Styx Male on FB:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8436/7763238210_cb28034d22.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7763238210/)

?? maybe well enough to move away a little ?
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 12, 2012, 09:57:41 PM
Wabayiza and his Mom Thandi (Saseka)

This was taken in Feb. 2012 by Tristan Dicks at Chitwa Chitwa.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7255/7771462740_07f2646ce7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7771462740/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 13, 2012, 06:15:11 PM
Aug. 13, 2012   :ecsad

Unfortunately I am the bearer of sad news about the Styx Male lion injured about two weeks ago now. His body was found today. It is believed he likely died on Sat. Aug. 11, 2012. 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8308/7777898854_cbbb5f7709.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7777898854/)

If you are signed on at FB check his story out   HERE. (https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Styx-Male-Lion/223365584397988?sk=info)

He was only 4.5 yrs. He lived a rough life, getting into scraps with the Mapogos and the Majingis.  He was a warrior and lived and died as one. R.I.P.

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 13, 2012, 06:38:04 PM
Taken on Aug. 9 and posted Aug. 13, 2012

I checked my two books and would say this is a Meyer's Parrot. I am going to post a comment on FB asking if I am correct.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8297/7777898708_02d7dba7fc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7777898708/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8442/7777898526_e581e56a73.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7777898526/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on August 13, 2012, 10:44:33 PM
Sad about the Styx Young male lion and we may be losing Yambilu Jordaab too. It is hard to see them get injured and die when we get to know them. Still, rather that as wikd animals and in their natural ways than at man's hands.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 15, 2012, 04:26:18 PM
Aug. 13, 2012

Awesome footage filmed by Derek Solomon.
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Eye-to-eye with an elephant foot! This is one of the amazing experiences one has when spending a morning in C4 Images & Safaris new underground hide in Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. National Geographic expert Derek Solomon took a group of keen photographers to the hide during a recent safari and were completely blown away by the photographic opportunities during this excursion.


At about the 55 minute mark the ellies start rumbling and grumbling and slurping. To hear them so clearly is terrific.

Mashatu Underground Elephant Hide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH7x4ZqEhbE#ws)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 15, 2012, 04:31:09 PM
Taken on Aug. 9 and posted Aug. 13, 2012

I checked my two books and would say this is a Meyer's Parrot. I am going to post a comment on FB asking if I am correct.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8297/7777898708_02d7dba7fc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7777898708/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8442/7777898526_e581e56a73.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7777898526/)

 :ecsmile

Addendum Aug. 15, 2012. Isak Pretorious answered my  :question and indeed it was a Meyer's Parrot.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 15, 2012, 04:48:24 PM
Arathusa blog for Aug. 5 - 11, 2012. (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/08/rangers-diary-5-%E2%80%93-11-august-2012)  

Posted to FB on Aug. 14, 2012. Tsalala and Matimba lions seen.

On the Wed. Aug. 8
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One of the other rangers managed to find Salayexe, a territorial female leopard in the west. We have been keeping a keen eye on her as she has cubs which we have not yet caught sight of. We’re hoping she’ll soon move the den site, and we’ll get a view of the youngsters.

And also four of the Tsalala lionesses were seen at a giraffe kill thay had made earlier in the morning.

On Sat. Aug. 11.
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We headed east to try to find the Styx pride of lions this morning, while one of the other rangers made his way north to follow up on Xivambalana, a young male leopard with a impala ewe kill. Shortly afterwards he managed to re-establish the sighting, but the leopard was lying in a thicket away from the kill site, so the visual was not great.


They were busy.  :ecwink
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 15, 2012, 04:55:35 PM
Blog posted by Adam Bannister  HERE. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/majingilane-on-the-map/)

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The four mighty Majingilane Male lions continue to make their mark on the Sabi Sand’s lion population. Their presence is undeniable as they have had impacts on every lion to call the Sabi Sands home. Over the last 26 months much has been written about this band of brothers. But just how good are the Majingilane? The piece below lists just some of the facts, stats and numbers of these males.

*Note this must not be taken as gospel as it is merely my interpretation of it all. One man’s view on a group of wild lions.

 :ohno It is getting too warm here to do more at this time.  
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 15, 2012, 11:22:48 PM
I have just awarded the Matimba Male Lions their own post in the topic  Lion Prides and Coalitions. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1088.msg116556#msg116556)

These three photos are from my post in this topic on July 10th, 2012. The photos were posted on Cheetah Plains Game Reserve. But, whether that is the date they were taken I'm not sure.

Males x 5
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/7548160706_c59952d773.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160706/)

Two males
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8008/7548160588_dae62ff973.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160588/)

One male stretches
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/7548160648_a37a48f196.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7548160648/)

 :biggrin3
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 15, 2012, 11:40:55 PM
 I am reposting the map of Sabi Sands as this post refers to a previously unmentioned reserve - Simbambili Game Lodge. (One of seven luxury lodges known collectievly as the  Thornybush Collection.   (http://www.thornybushcollection.co.za/)
 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8026/7634825612_cb4e5f5980.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7634825612/)

Posted today, Aug. 15, 2012 on FB
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8298/7793520350_57e944844f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7793520350/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8300/7793520266_250bca6ece.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7793520266/)

 :hmmm  that Adam Bannister was right in his blog a year ago almost to the day;  HERE.    (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1088.30)

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 16, 2012, 11:31:16 AM
July 2012 Newsletter from Elephant Plains

I thought I had posted this, but obviously not -  :blush  July Newsletter. (http://campaign.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120730104613/20120730104613.html)

A good read report (albeit some old news). Salayexe, our dear departed Styx Male lion, Tsalala Pride and much more.

The highlight of the month for them was:
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The first time we saw Salayexe’s babies was when she carried the one over our open area. To see her strong jaws and sharp teeth carrying that tiny and helpless baby and not hurting it is just amazing. If that wasn’t enough, she took us to her new den site and called the two cubs out to show them off. What an amazing experience!

FYI the twins are now about 6 weeks old.

Enjoy your read.

 :biggrin3
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 16, 2012, 10:02:49 PM
Aug. 12,  2012 from the C4 Images and photo workshop by Isak Pretorious

Star trail over the Baobab Tree
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8446/7791396758_ce31edb6a4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7791396758/)

Explanantion of Baobab tree photo
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8427/7791396872_12fb907eec.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7791396872/)

 :biggrin3
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 16, 2012, 10:10:16 PM
Aug. 13, 2010 by Isak Pretorious and the Photo Workshop

Lioness has scared two young leopards up two trees.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7136/7799688800_4e3a175644.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7799688800/)
Photo taken by Isak Pretorious.

Description of the photo by Isak Pretorious
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8434/7799688882_ac440690ae.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7799688882/)

Isak is now away to the Masai Mara to observe the wildebeest migration. That will be an awesome sight. Posts to follow as of Sept.1, 2012.

Good luck to him  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 16, 2012, 10:15:09 PM
Aug. 15, 2012 at Mashatu Game Reserve

Handsome eland
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7130/7799688582_0e3133df86.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7799688582/)
Photo taken by Dave B.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 16, 2012, 10:18:25 PM
One just never knows what will appear at one of the hides on Mashatu Game Reserve.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8438/7799714256_f8fabb56ec.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7799714256/)
Photo taken by Anonymous.

The date on the phot says 7-05-2012 (May 7 ?) Was posted Aug. 15 - so  :puzzled2
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 18, 2012, 09:39:15 PM
This was brought forward on an FB group on Thursday. There was still some chat about the authorities on Sabi Sands seemingly not doing anything to help the Styx Male Lion (who was moving about, albeit slowly).

In Nov. 2011 on Idube Game Reserve a lion or leopard was apparently badly injured.  Whether anything could have been done I do not know (I wasn't hooked up to the group on FB then).

Similar questions were raised in 2011 as recently with the Styx Male.

This is one section of a lot of comments. The last one doesn't clarify the rules, but definitely highlights that many people / factors can play into a decision.

I have whited out most of the names, 'Anat' is one name I have mentioned before. (who is trying to fund out any news about Xivindzi.) 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8286/7812655838_d4de0561c9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7812655838/)

 :hmmm
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 18, 2012, 09:41:14 PM
Aug. 17, 2012

The Styx Pride was seen on a buffalo kill. Not much left

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7812413080_1363e6a56c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7812413080/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 18, 2012, 09:47:13 PM
Aug. 18, 2012

Ryan Johnston took this beautiful photo of a female leopard in a tree. She is looking right down at him.

Any guesses   :question   A single clue =  One can't tell from the angle whether she might be expecting a fourth litter ??

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8425/7812413342_aa66497f72.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7812413342/)

La Diva de Djuma - Karula

 :thumbup:  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 18, 2012, 10:23:15 PM
Mashatu's Cyberdiary for August 17, 2012

Some lovely photos HERE.   (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/08/cyberdiary-17-august-2012/)

One not included in the Cyberdiary but posted separately is so adorable.  :eclove
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8435/7812908260_66c719e0f3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7812908260/)


And - I found a link to several videos from Mashatu.
 
The one currently at the top of the list is 'Mashatu - Lion Cubs' - not very old and so adorable and not afraid of the vehicle. There is one about the origins of Mashatu too.  HERE.   (http://www.youtube.com/user/MashatuGameReserve)

 :ecsmile    :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 18, 2012, 11:29:24 PM
 :ecsad  news indeed, but not unexpected as we had received a heads up a few weeks ago.

Yambilu-Jordaan, has joined the other leopards who have died in the past year. He is at peace. Some of his genes live on in his offspring with Karula; Mixo, Induna, Xivindzi and Xivambalana.
I will miss his identifying curled tail. :(

This is from the FB page for Arathusa Safari Lodge
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7813036904_12ff6da1c2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7813036904/)


From Oct. 2009
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7255/7813105910_ae974c2dcc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7813105910/)

From Sept. 1, 2011
(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6061/6111657618_fcfd93c317.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6111657618/)

From April 4, 2012 at the Gowrie Waterhole
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7079/7047157283_fb92bc871a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7047157283/)

Be at peace  :pray
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 21, 2012, 05:15:14 PM
Aug. 20, 2012


Beautiful photo from Dave B. 'In Mom's Footstep'.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7834658286_3c839f536e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7834658286/)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 21, 2012, 05:29:08 PM
Aug. 20, 2012   R.I.P.   

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8281/7834683946_34a5d1a95e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7834683946/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7834684372_55a233e3bd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7834684372/)

Both created by Minerva C. with many thanks.

:pray
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 23, 2012, 04:43:21 PM
Aug. 23, 2012

Egyptian Goose 'Wing Dipping' at Mashatu
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8308/7847472372_a9b89f5dd7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7847472372/)
Dave B. took this beautiful photo.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 23, 2012, 05:06:41 PM
Arathusa's Cyberdiary Posted Aug. 21

Sightings and detail for Aug. 12 - 18th inclusive, HERE.     (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/08/rangers-diary-12-%E2%80%93-18-august-2012/)

Sunday, They had a brief visit with Karula, but she wandered off into a drainage line.

Monday and Tuesday - A couple of sightings of the Styx lionesses.

Wed. and Thursday - Shadow, a female leopard we are not that famiiar with.  Mvula (male leopard) hanging about and some elephants.

Friday Aha they found a skittish Xivambalana.
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we soon found out why – not far north of us was another male leopard that was calling. Unable to keep up with the young male, we left and managed to find the other male. It was Mvhula, a huge male who is territorial in this area. He moved along the road, scent-marking and calling as he went.


Saturday
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We were looking for leopards and it wasn’t long before one of the guys found a young male, Xivambalana. The young leopard was definitely following the scent of another leopard, and was contact-calling often. It didn’t take long before he managed to find his mother, Karula. She was not very happy to see him and threatened her son with hisses and growls. When he didn’t respond, she charged at him and he finally got the hint that she meant business. Karula eventually moved off, and the young male moved off in another direction.

Maybe Karula wanted to mate with Mvula ?

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 23, 2012, 05:11:00 PM
This was just posted on one of the various FB pages related Lions and Leopards on Sabi Sands.

It is from July 8, 2012. Thandi ('Saseka' to us) was not all happy about a vehicle being quite near her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jZDxSWzcm4I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZDxSWzcm4I#ws)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 23, 2012, 05:43:17 PM
Posted Aug. 21 on Will Fox's blog 'On Track Safari News'.  

Will and his wife Carol (I believe mostly Carol) have operated a safari business for some time. Will is also the man behind the ongoing 'INGWE – Leopard Research Project', (http://www.researchcam.com/about_us.html) where Tara is the Head Researcher and Team Leader.  You will recall she was hired by Will Fox within weeks after the Djuma Game Drives folded.

Will's blog, Aug. 21  'Exciting Times', (http://ontracksafarisuk.blogspot.ca/2012/08/exciting-times.html) explains the next research project. Tara is both mentioned and seen in a photo.

This blog from Aug. 12 blog  'Diarens back',  (http://ontracksafarisuk.blogspot.ca/2012/08/diarens-back.html) explains more about Dairen Simpson and the upcoming research project.
 
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 23, 2012, 08:50:21 PM
Aug. 23, 2012

The latest blog is an update on the Sparta Pride Cubs. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/the-sparta-pride-cubs/)  There are many now and they need to be wtached over carefully.  :nod2 pray

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 23, 2012, 11:25:21 PM
Aug. 23, 2012 from Mashatu re C4 Images and Video

Blog about the Photographic hides at Mashatu.  (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/08/photographic-hides-at-mashatu/)

For the video: I hope the way I have done this that the video plays for you. :question  :puzzled2  

Video is by Abraham Joffe, an renowned Australian photographer who spent a few days at Mashatu.

 :ecsmile

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 28, 2012, 10:10:15 PM
From Aug. 24, 2012 CAT

Two of the Mapogo Lions were seen.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8309/7885310246_347044bd3d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7885310246/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8318/7885310746_99f2607cb1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7885310746/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7885310488_299229ec5e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7885310488/)

They look to be in good shape.

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 28, 2012, 10:52:38 PM
Big 5 Sightings 20 – 26 August 2012 at Elephant Plains
 
Elephant Plains Link.  (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2012/08/big-5-sightings-20-26-august-2012/#.UDttIPH2tXY.facebook)

Tue., Wed., Thurs. they saw  Salayexe and her cubs - photos

Saturday, the 25th - Karula mating with Mvula, behind Chitwa Dam wall. Obviously after being seen at the  Waterhole on Djuma at 1:15 a.m.   (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1109.msg117110#msg117110)  
 
:thumbup:   :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 15, 2012, 02:56:17 PM
Received Sept. 9, 2011  Elephant Plains Newsletter for August 2012  HERE.   (http://campaign.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20120907120205/20120907120205.html)

Leopards - Salayexe and her two cubs have been sighted a couple of times.  Our 'Shadow' and her Mother 'Karula' are about and may both be pregnant.  Male Tingana busy marking his new territory.

Lions - Tsalala females are about as are the Styx. The young Styx male is looking better after sustaining some injuries in July with other Styx.  Majingilane males have been seen and four of the six Matimba lions were seen scent marking in the Majingi's territory - trouble brewing?

Received Sept. 10, 2012 - Elephant Plains now has a weekly sighting blog. This one is for Sept. 3 - 9, 2012 HERE.   (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2012/09/big-5-sightings-03-09-september-2012/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 19, 2012, 09:18:12 PM
Yesterday on the FB Group 'Leopards of Sabi Sands'  I asked if anyone had seen or read anything about Xivindzi.

Anat Umansky replied "Last I remember was from Chitwa many months ago (around six months or more) after that I am not sure if anyone has seen her and known it was her . I'll check some more and if I find anything after that I'll let you know."

Last week I sent another message to Anat as to whether she had heard anything about Xivindzi.  She has not.

That is a long time without word about or a sighting of a leopard. I do hope nothing untoward has happened to her,

'Holding thumbs.'   :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 19, 2012, 09:43:44 PM
Posted Aug. 21 on Will Fox's blog 'On Track Safari News'.    

Will and his wife Carol (I believe mostly Carol) have operated a safari business for some time. Will is also the man behind the ongoing 'INGWE – Leopard Research Project', (http://www.researchcam.com/about_us.html) where Tara is the Head Researcher and Team Leader.  You will recall she was hired by Will Fox within weeks after the Djuma Game Drives folded.

Will's blog, Aug. 21  'Exciting Times', (http://ontracksafarisuk.blogspot.ca/2012/08/exciting-times.html) explains the next research project. Tara is both mentioned and seen in a photo.

This blog from Aug. 12 blog  'Diarens back',  (http://ontracksafarisuk.blogspot.ca/2012/08/diarens-back.html) explains more about Dairen Simpson and the upcoming research project.

On Mon. Sept. 17 news related to the last two links above about Dairen Simpson working with ILP to track leopards.  Devastating event, with Dairen and another man badly mauled by a leopard.  when I read the links in Will's blog my reaction was "I hope that nothing happens to anyone involved in this project."  I don't care how prepared and careful one is, you just never know.

Leopard mauls wildlife expert
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A wildlife expert employed by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency is recovering in the Nelspruit Mediclinic after being savaged by a leopard, it was reported on Monday.

Beeld newspaper reported that Gerrie Camacho was at the Black Leopard Camp, in the Thaba Tholo private game reserve, on Saturday with a group of animal experts and documentary maker Dairen Simpson, who was filming for National Geographic.
From iAfrica.news  (http://news.iafrica.com/sa/816919.html)

Two other reports, the first of which makes the most sense of the unfortunate event.
1. Wounded leopard attacks man.  (http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/lowveld/lowveld-news-general?oid=6197996&sn=Detail&pid=490165&Wounded-leopard-attacks-man)

2.  Mpuma man: Leopard felt like a liquidiser.   (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Mpuma-man-Leopard-felt-like-a-liquidiser-20120917#.UFdE7vQs7I5.facebook)

I hope both men recover fully.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 19, 2012, 10:21:27 PM
Mashatu Cyberdiary – 14 September 2012

Andrei Snyman's blog  HERE,  (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/09/cyberdiary-14-september-2012/) is short, but some excellent photos.

Handsome kudu bull, lion, cheetah, eleven black-backed jackals.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 19, 2012, 10:27:39 PM
Sept. 10 - 16,  2012 -   Big 5 Sightings at Elephant Plains Game Lodge

The link to the full report is  HERE.    (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2012/09/big-5-sightings-10-16-september-2012/)

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We saw 4 cheetahs, 3 males and 1 female, with an Impala kill. We do not see cheetahs very often and it was a real treat to have them in our area.
 
Great photos of three members of the Tsalala Pride (lions), and a cheetah. No photo, but they did see the leopard Salayexe, with one cub.

 :biggrin3  :eclove  
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 19, 2012, 10:42:48 PM
September 14, 2012. from 'Getaway Blog'

Some really awesome photos here.  I wonder if Dylan Kotze, is any relation to Eugene Kotze, General manager at
the Kapama Private Game Reserve  :question

Why you should go on a photographic safari, by: Dylan Kotze. See a few if the reasons why HERE.  (http://blog.getaway.co.za/photography/photographic-safari/)

My bag is packed, I'm ready to go - - - - - - - - -  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Cawatcher on September 19, 2012, 11:27:03 PM
Im standing here outside your door~~~ Wow thank you BBE fantastic!
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 23, 2012, 10:15:27 PM
Hello,

I have spent the larger portion of today sorting through way too many bookmarks from assorted site / sightings in South Africa.  :eclol 

Except for those from Djuma from way back they are now mostly either ditched or filed in appropriate folders.  In the process I discovered I had many many blogs from Londolozi; some relevant and others not. I realize they all take a lot of reading by those who come here (including the poster  :nod2). Therefore I have picked these three which are happy stories and have some brilliant photos to look at.

1.  Aug. 2, 2012 - Buffalo Attacks Elephant Calf.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/buffalo-attacks-elephant-calf/)  The ellie calf is a real newbie and so small. The breeding herd all come to the rescue and the buffalo is chased off with his 'tail between his legs', so to speak. The photos are amazing.

2. Aug. 8,Adam, by Aadam Bannister - Cheetah: Born to pose.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/cheetah-born-to-pose/) This cheetah is just like our dear Karula; sees a camera and asks how s/he should pose for the great photos.

3. Aug. 13, 2012, by Adam Bannister - Why is it called a Narina Trogon?.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/why-is-it-called-a-narina-trogon/)  A very fascinating and colourful history and photos of a vibrantly coloured bird.  It has sustained a injury and hopefully nature will resolve the problem. I will keep my eye out for an update.
P.S. I just looked and don't see any further word about the trogon being seen again.

More > > > >
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 23, 2012, 10:32:15 PM
Part 2 from Londolozi

1.   The Sparta Pride Cubs.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/the-sparta-pride-cubs/) Parts of the blog includes:
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Four lionesses are all that remain of the once mighty Sparta Pride. This pride that numbered over twenty lions a little over a decade ago, is now at a stage where another death of one of the adults could spell disaster.

With the Southern or Selati Pride, the largest in the reserve, making repeated incursions onto Sparta territory from the South and the possibility of all the members of the Tsalala Pride in the North reuniting to form a pride of 9, the Sparta pride is under increasing pressure.

It was with great elation that we found the pride a few mornings ago, and discovered that with them were two of their youngest cubs, that had only been seen once before on Londolozi territory, a few days after they were born.

These two cubs bring the number of little ones in the pride to 8. The oldest litter of three are roughly 6 months old. Two new litters – one of 3 cubs and one of 2 – are still very small, probably no more than two months old. We suspect as well that the fourth lioness in the pride is also heavily pregnant and will give birth very soon, if she has not done so already.

Some awesome photos and the video at the end with new cubs -  :wub

2.   The Week in Pictures # 52. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/09/the-week-in-pictures-52/)  Included are photos of the Sparta Pride and cubs, the 'younger Tailless Tsalala' Lioness mating with the 'Dark-maned Majingilane Male', a very large bull elephant, two male and one female leopard we don't really know, several photos of Tsalala lionesses and athe Dudleywo, theDudley Riverbank Female leopard and her young cub, and the Ravenscourt Female leopard, and her cubs (at least one of the two)

A very busy week with some cool pix.

 :eclove


Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 23, 2012, 10:40:23 PM
I find that the blogs and weekly updates (sightings) from Londolozi are extremely good. The links to use are as follows:

1.   Weekly Updates.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/weekly-updates/) These  indicate what has been seen on a daily basis.

2.  Blogs.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/) They provide a synopsis and then you can click on the title or 'Read the full article'.

 :ecsmile  :offtobed

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 24, 2012, 11:59:25 AM
On Sept. 22, 2012, the folks at Elephant Plains Game Lodge saw Salayexe with one of her two cubs.

This photo was taken by Louis Liversage and included in the weekly Big 5 Sightings for Sept. 17 - 23, 2012.  (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2012/09/big-5-sightings-17-23-september-2012/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8440/8020607600_e59cb326fb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8020607600/)

Beautiful photo.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 25, 2012, 01:43:53 AM
Hello,

It is coming up on two years since the borders for animal traversing’s (and associated laws over same) were dropped between South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.  The animals now roam freely on / over a much expanse of Sabi Sand. For example Karula has been seen on reserves other than Djuma.  In 2011 unfortunately the WildEarth safari drives were discontinued as they weren’t financially viable.

With the animals moving over a larger area the sightings / reports are now being written and posted on many individual 'timelines' for assorted groups, specific game reserves, lodges and also for individual lion coalitions / prides and specific leopards.  There are going to be many new leopard and lion cubs in the next few months. As a reader of these trying to keep track of who is who, which coalition / pride they belong to etc. has become increasingly difficult and time consuming.

The wildlife in Africa, especially the safari drives and activities in the Sabi Sand area and at Pete's Pond in Mashatu (Botswana) kept me hooked for many years. The drives really kept me anxious to watch them, to see and learn more about the wildlife. This has been an exceptional, educational and roller-coaster journey with great people also on the trip. :thumbup: Without the drives I am not so devoted. Lately I haven’t watched waterhole (or Pete’s Pond) with any regularity.  Whenever I go to watch the Pond, there is no-one at home, or the cam is off.

After much thought, and for the reasons mentioned above and needing more 'home front' time, I have decided to devote considerably less time to reading so much on FB to glean updates and photos to post.  

Having said that, I will continue to keep an eye on some specific FB groups, timelines, and reserve specific blogs.  Rest assured that when a major news story breaks I will, if you wish me to, post here. Examples of the jungle drums being heard here would include news such as:
I have been ‘Pondie’ since Sept. 2006 and a ‘Djuma Djunkie’ since April 2009 (with 80 slots). It has been a wonderful time. As well as learning so much, I have had the privilege of getting to know, work with, and meet so many people on many different web sites; especially the various forums associated with the Mom and Dad Hornby and other BC bald eagles since April 2006.

You are a talented, interesting, and caring group.   :group

I'll still be around here and the rest of the forum and look forward to a new season with Mom and Dad Hornby et al.  :woohoo2  

Good wishes and thanks to all who still visit here and have supported us.  :flower

Ann / BBE  


Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on September 25, 2012, 09:22:29 AM
Thank you BBE for all of your hard work. We fell in love with Africa together with Petes Pond and then the Safari's at Wild Earth. It has been difficult to follow all of the changes and then different areas call the big cats by different names or similar names sometimes. Too confusing now on the bigger scale.  :mhihi

I so miss our earlier guides on the drives who made sure WE had the good view and the information of the sighting. And some of our great camera operators we had at the hide at Petes Pond; yes, we had several great ones over the years, including Pete himself who could zoom in on the birds like they were in his hand. He didn't speak to us like some of the others, but his photography when he was there was priceless. I wish I could remember names better I have been trying to remember the other cam op we had for a long time before Afke. She talked with us also. Altho no one communicated with us quite like Afke and told us of the hide mouse , etc and stole our hearts quite like Afke. Who but Afke would even think of sharing her bisquit with the hide mouse.  :eclove

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 25, 2012, 12:34:06 PM
Thanks Beth,

Yes, many wonderful memories flood my mind from the first days we watched the Pond.  I remember Pete occasionally saying a few words.  My mind may be off kilter, but I only recall the cam at PP being on automatic pan, until they hired dear Afke as the first 24 hour cam operator.  She did sleep at night but had a very keen ear and would get up and pan the cam when she heard elephants etc.  Then they did hire some younger folks as students who did some panning.  And I fondly recall how she answered our questionsns on the Nat. Geo site.  Then the day she left and went out onto the main area to wave good-bye to us. Those were wonderful days, and now the Pond is back for us to watch again.  :eclove

The Djuma morning safari drives (and some of the PM ones too, when I could watch them) from made my day. We saw many folks come and go in the roles of presenters, cam person and the Control Center coordinator. We witnessed many spectacular sightings and some hilarious and some sad drives over the years. We saw human love bloom and four individuals became two married couples. 
I vividly recall the first time I managed to get one of the 80 slots for the entire drive. It was in July or August of 2009. Pieter was presenting, I think Rory was on cam and we spent the entire three hours with Karula up in a tree with a an impala kill. I think either Mixo or Induna may have been up there two (they were first seen in January 2009).

Memories  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2012, 01:22:14 AM
The predicted movement in the ranks of the lions 'bickering' over territory may have taken another step.

In this blog from Sept. 28, 2012:  Tsalala Young Male at Londolozi,  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/09/tsalala-young-male-at-londolozi/) Adam Bannister reports that they found the Tsalala Young Male (a.k.a. Solo) together with his trusty companion: The Sparta Male.  They now believe the third lion in that group disappeared and is presumed dead. So two against the mighty Majingilane males.

Adam then goes to provide more complete info on this coalition which is in this blog from June 2012;   Tsalala Young Male - Is back.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/06/tsalala-young-male-is-back/)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2012, 06:22:18 PM
P.S. Just found one I forgot (my bookmarks are in need of a major purge.)  :eclol

Blog for Sept. 29 HERE.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/09/the-week-in-pictures-54/)
Some great photos of two of the Majingis, ellies in a mud wallow - look carefully in the first and find the wee one  :eclove   Some young 'Teddy's' for Seb, one photo of the Tsalala and Sparta Young Males mentioned above and other assorted wildlife!  

Also:

MalaMala's Cyberdiary for  Sept. 24, 2012.  (http://blog.malamala.com/index.php/2012/09/cyberdiary-%E2%80%93-24-september-2012/) Two interesting photos:

1. The last item is about the rare sighting of a 'Cape clawless otter'. This is the only the second one seen there in at least the last six years!
We saw one in the past couple of years at either PP or ?   I think Beth was the one who posted about that sighting.

2. Then scroll back to the next to last photo of an 'Unidentified male leopard'.  He was subsequently identified as the son of Inkanyeni - Young Beacon Female.  (http://wildearth.ning.com/page/inkanyeni-young-beacon-female)

Wednesday November 16, 2011 (CAT) ~ Morning Drive ~ Marc and Becky and Tara in FC

I arrived just past the first hour of the drive. And the sky was looking very ominous.  When I arrived on scene Marc was with a Zebra. And talking about going to see Karula (who we didn't see).
<snip >

The young about 6 months (?) old leopard turned out to be Inkanyeni's son.  Marc was saying we had never seen his mother. Not so as WE have; it's just he hasn't been there that long  :)  The Mother was known at that time as 'Young Beacon Female'. Her Father was Jordaan's Male.
She is the same age as Saseka (aka Thandi) and Tingana (aka Shadow);[Karula's first twins, born early - mid February 2007.] She looks a lot like Tingana; and had been mistaken on numerous occasions for Tingana. She has a small nick in the top of her left ear. She also has a narrower face than Karula's girls.

Inkanyeni's son
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6120/6349889644_8d55574439.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6349889644/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6059/6349889688_216eb4551e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6349889688/)

References for Inkanyeni
Inkanyeni / Young Beacon Female. (http://wildearth.ning.com/page/inkanyeni-young-beacon-female)  The photo is from a sighting on February 12, 2008.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/InkanyeniYoung-Beacon-Female-Leopard/97454986090?sk=info (http://www.facebook.com/pages/InkanyeniYoung-Beacon-Female-Leopard/97454986090?sk=info)

Click on 'View Image' to see the two photos.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2012, 07:28:13 PM
Sept. 27 - Updated photos from the Mashatu Camera Trap.

They go back to May 2012.  Click on either 'Previous' or 'Next' to view other pix.  Some fantastic photos.  :nod2

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=357264214362675&set=a.357262851029478.90417.115625618526537&type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=357264214362675&set=a.357262851029478.90417.115625618526537&type=1&theater)

From Cheetah Plains some awesome photos taken on Sept. 29, 2012 by 'Andrew' of one of the Matimba lions and two or is it three Nkuhuma females.  :question
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.447491991969921.118601.278177142234741&type=1 (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.447491991969921.118601.278177142234741&type=1)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2012, 07:44:36 PM
Yes, my brain does work - some of the time  :v

Back in Reply #207, I said I thought Beth had posted in the past year or two about a Clawless Otter. She did in June, 2011
:
June 15, at  8:47, I saw an otter surface, and then again a few min later. Right at the peak of Rocky Point.
Pat Nebraska has worked on getting some images of it at PetesPond on Mashatu Facebook Wall.
Cape Clawless Otter we think.

http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu (http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu)  

Pat's flicker pics of otter
http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretgarden1/5836823978/in/photostream/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretgarden1/5836823978/in/photostream/)

<snip>

Note: the first link now takes one to the Timeline page on FB for Pete's Pond. No longer to the photo.  :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: luvthebirds on October 01, 2012, 11:36:00 PM
Hello,

snip

The wildlife in Africa, especially the safari drives and activities in the Sabi Sand area and at Pete's Pond in Mashatu (Botswana) kept me hooked for many years. The drives really kept me anxious to watch them, to see and learn more about the wildlife. This has been an exceptional, educational and roller-coaster journey with great people also on the trip. :thumbup: Without the drives I am not so devoted. Lately I haven’t watched waterhole (or Pete’s Pond) with any regularity.  Whenever I go to watch the Pond, there is no-one at home, or the cam is off.

After much thought, and for the reasons mentioned above and needing more 'home front' time, I have decided to devote considerably less time to reading so much on FB to glean updates and photos to post.  

Having said that, I will continue to keep an eye on some specific FB groups, timelines, and reserve specific blogs.  Rest assured that when a major news story breaks I will, if you wish me to, post here. Examples of the jungle drums being heard here would include news such as:
  • An announcement that ‘La Diva’ of Djuma (Karula) is pregnant.
  • news that she has had her fourth litter.
  • Her cub(s) have been sighted, what sex (if and when the guides/rangers know)and a photo or three of them.
  • Any updates on the lions, leopards we know have been posted, including that Xivindzi hopefully has been seen.
  • News related to the anticipated shake –ups / takeovers for dominance in the kingdom of the lions.
  • Any new sightings of birds or animals.

snip

I'll still be around here and the rest of the forum and look forward to a new season with Mom and Dad Hornby et al.  :woohoo2  

Good wishes and thanks to all who still visit here and have supported us.  :flower

Ann / BBE  


BBE, your updates are always welcome and interesting.  I understand the time it must take to keep us apprised of all the happenings in the reserves in So. Africa.  Whatever you can provide, your time permitting, will be appreciated and welcomed.  :heart  I do miss the Safaris so very much...  :eccry
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2012, 12:15:01 AM
Thanks Luv for your kind words.  While I sometimes muttered under my breath at two of the presenters, for rambling on; I really do miss the drives.  It was great to see the wildlife and learn about / see their behaviours etc.   Then when one read a post or a blog it made more sense.  I am definitely a visual person when it comes to learning and retaining.

I had a few 'thumb-twiddling' hours over the past weekend; which explains the assorted posts in this topic and the other two. While the borders being removed means the animals are roaming over various reserves = more places to look; I am beginning to learn about some of the other leopards and lions. But, please don't give me a test.  :eclol

TTFN  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2012, 07:14:57 PM
Oct. 2, 2012 = Great News

'BB' of the Tsalala pride has a twelve week old cub and showed it off to Ryan Johnston ranger and tracker ( also a photographer 'par excellence') at Arathusa Safari Lodge...  so cute, sweet and adorable.  Long life to 'BB' and her cub.

Tsalala pride with their new addition, a 12 week old cub.mpg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpzkl-BLgfE#ws)

 :eclove   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 07, 2012, 12:50:24 PM
Catching up day - in the past couple of weeks the lodge has had numerous sightings of various leopards.

Sept. 26, 2012: Male leopards Tingana and Tyson * were both seen in the area

Tingana
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8029/8063862329_b71cb5dcb1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8063862329/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/8063996891_512e7eff5a_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8063996891/)
Photo by ©Richard Sachse, Field Guide

Tyson
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8170/8063862233_8afab21c22_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8063862233/)
Photo by ©Liam Rainer, Field Guide

* from his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tyson-Male-Leopard/111200750882 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tyson-Male-Leopard/111200750882)
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Tyson was originally known as the EP leopard. He is estimated to be around 8 yrs. old. He was named after fighter Mike "Tyson" after a fight with Mufufunyane. He first showed up in EP Area in April 2007. He is larger than average in size.
 EP = Elephant Plains.

Added Sept. 8, 2012 at 1:15 a.m. I just found a blog from Londolozi from June, 2001, about 'Tyson' June 11, 2011 - Marthly 3:2 Male. (aka 'Tyson Male.' b, 2001)   (http://www.londolozi.com/leopards/leopards-of-londolozi/male-leopards/tyson-male/)

More > > > >
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 07, 2012, 01:01:01 PM
Sept. 29 or 30th, 2012 - More from Simbambili

All from ©Liam Ranier (Field Guide)

First grouping
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8039/8063924810_e5b24abf18.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8063924810/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/8063924698_28f4ecffaa_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8063924698/)

2nd grouping
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8179/8063922169_964dcaf00c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8063922169/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8311/8063922093_095707b25a_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8063922093/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 07, 2012, 01:07:43 PM
From Oct. 5, 2012 - from Simbambili - From ©Liam Ranier (Field Guide)

Wabaybiza, son of (Thandi / Saseka) and Xivamabalana, (Karula's son) seen on a bushbuck kill one of them had made.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/8063997299_b24acdf77e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8063997299/)

ID of the leopard not with the post
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8170/8063999828_e876248199_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8063999828/)

That's it from Simbambili Game Lodge -  for now  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 07, 2012, 01:50:53 PM
PLEASE SAVE for BBE

I am heading out for Thanksgiving dinner. However I have one more interesting post. I'll post on Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians - wherever you are.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 07, 2012, 03:16:09 PM
Before I go for dinner; here is some background reading for the update I'll post later.

How many of you watched the Nov. 10, 2011 afternoon drive with Tara and Seb?  

You need a clue?  Karula, Xivindzi, Xivambalana, Mafufunyane and a 'mystery' male leopard.

Read Reply 161 (Pg. 11) through Beth's Reply # 167 (Pg. 12) for a refresher HERE.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=879.msg82813#msg82813)

I wrote:
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Never have Djuma Private Game Reserve, WE and we seen so many leopards in one place in a week   :thumbup: :biggrin6   Grandfather (Mafufunyane), father (Yambilu-Jordaan) Mother (Karula), father, brother, and son (Induna) and the latest cubs (Xivindzi and Xivambalana).  AND, a mystery leopard today. jury is still out as to who it was.

The then 'mystery' male leopard turned up on Oct. 5, 2012 at Lion Sands.

I promise to upload photos and post when I come home and before I go to bed.  :nod2
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: luvthebirds on October 07, 2012, 03:41:38 PM
Ah, BBE, you refer to one of my all-time favorite drives!  :eclove  I await your post-Thanksgiving post with bated-breath!

 :mhihi
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 08, 2012, 02:22:09 AM
Hello Luv, yes that drive was indeed special.  

I am home from an extremely delicious 'traditional' Thanksgiving dinner. I need time to let it all settle before assuming a horizontal position.  :ecrolleyes  So photos loaded, and blogs found.

On Oct. 5, 2012 - a photo of a 'Sleeping Leopard' was posted with this comment on FB's 'Leopards of Sabi Sands' group:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8311/8064597327_44af084018.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8064597327/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8037/8064597433_0838fff3fb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8064597433/)
Photo taken by ©Nick Leuenberger from Lion Sands, Sabi Sands

That started people hunting through their photos and posts elsewhere of an old leopard.  

Still on Oct. 5, 2012 - a photo of a male leopard seen around Lion Sands in July 2012 was posted with this comment on the same FB group:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8041/8064597543_c23b52f7c5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8064597543/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8034/8064599364_760c7b0352.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8064599364/)

The same leopard - 'Marthly Male' a.k.a. 'Old Boy'.  And Claire-M. L posted on Nick's FB page  
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This means that Old Boy was seen at Lion Sands before being reported at Londolozi (29 Aug. 2012); by Idube and Inyati (Sep. 5 2012) and the last report was at the border of Idube and Savanna heading East on Sep. 6 2012.

Sept. 5 at Idube sighting reported as
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Old nomadic male leopard very close to Dewane and the Selati lions, he went into a storm drain.
Sept. 6 sighting reported as
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Scruffy old male leopard.


On Aug. 29, 2012 Adam Bannister from Londolozi was with guests on a drive. They came across a pair of African Fish Eagles. Adam was talking about them and pointed out their huge nest in a nearby tree.  A strange noise from the nest made him reach for his binoculars.
A older male leopard was on the nest eating one of the chicks. (Video is not graphic) Adam's subsequent blog on Sept. 5, 2012 is HERE.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/09/male-leopard-raids-african-fish-eagle-nest/)
Adam wrote
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Completely unknown to Londolozi Rangers and Trackers this male was old…and by old I mean ancient. Estimates fall between 17 and 20 years.
If you guessed it was the 'Old' Marthly Male,  :thumbup:

I pulled up the Weekly Sightings for 2012,  (http://blog.londolozi.com/weekly-updates/) and in July and Aug. they refer to sighting the 'Marthly male'.  
I am thinking the other sightings may have been of the younger one (about 11 yrs. old) as the blog about him refers to him as 'the Marthly Male'.  Marthly 3:2 Male, (a.k.a. 'Tyson male').   (http://www.londolozi.com/leopards/leopards-of-londolozi/male-leopards/tyson-male/)  Also seen in my Reply #213 above with photos of him and the male Tingana.

All very  :mconfused

 :offtobed



Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 08, 2012, 03:32:10 AM
Claire-M L. has posted a map of Sabi Sands following 'Old' Marthly Male's whereabouts since we first saw him on Nov. 10, 2011 up to, and including Oct. 6, 2012.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8041/8066379426_b608a0f8a4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8066379426/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 08, 2012, 01:51:55 PM
Arathusa has just posted their latest weekly blog about the sights they have seen, HERE.  (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/10/rangers-diary-30-september-%E2%80%93-6-october-2012/)

Styx Pride with some new cubs, Matimba Males, Thandi (Saseka) and more.

Now if someone would just spot 'La Diva' (Karula) and let us know if she is expecting a 4th litter  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: dizzymom70 on October 08, 2012, 04:09:53 PM
Wow, BBE...those cubs are gorgeous!! :s*
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Rajame on October 08, 2012, 06:30:46 PM
Wow!! Thank you BBE!! :hug
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: luvthebirds on October 08, 2012, 11:21:09 PM
OMG BBE, the blog about the sighting of the "Old Boy" in the fish eagle nest was so special.  The ranger obviously loves and respects the wildlife he observes.  Nature can be tough; it must have been horrid to hear the cries of the devastated eagle parents, yet awe inspiring to see how strong is the will to live of the leopard.  I am a bit verklempt.
When we saw the old leopard on the drive, I never would have thought he would still be around and Yambilu Jordaan would not.  It must be hard to be a nomad with no territory and yet he perseveres.  Nature amazes and surprises.

Thank you BBE, for all your posts and keeping us informed on the activities in the Sabi Sands area.  :heart.   Seeing the map of the sightings of the old boy was quite interesting.  How much ground he has covered, all the while having to be alert and doing what he can to survive.  Oh my, now I am thinking of poor Sandy Patch and her cub. :eccry I shall think now, instead, of lion and leopard cubs!  :eclove

Yes, it would be lovely to hear if Karula is to be a mom again.  And I would love to hear news of zvindivi.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 09, 2012, 12:23:45 PM
Hi Luv,

I would never have thought that Y-J would be gone so soon. The 'Old Boy' is likely still around because he knows he is in danger of being set upon by the younger lions, so is really watching where and when he goes places.

Nothing has been posted about Xivindzi since way back in early spring and no reports of sighting her. As she was the bold one of the two I am having to come to grips with the fact that unfortunately her boldness may have caused her demise - way too soon.  :ecsad

Yes, there will be cubs in many families.   :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Cawatcher on October 10, 2012, 07:04:46 AM
Thank you BBE for keeping us updated with these beautiful photos and stories  I hope the Narina Trogon  can be caught and treated
 http://blog.londolozi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/blog.narina.-thumb.jpg (http://blog.londolozi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/blog.narina.-thumb.jpg)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 10, 2012, 08:00:52 AM
Goor morning Cawatcher,

There hasn't been any further word from Londolozi as to whether they have seen the Trogon again or not. It certainly is a brightly coloured bird.

I hope the two of you are doing well.

BBE  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 10, 2012, 07:33:25 PM
Cyberdiary for Wed. Oct. 10, 2012  HERE.   (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/10/cyberdiary-10-october-2012/)

Two beautiful photos of a lioness with 2 cubs, they are too and obviously very playful. :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 14, 2012, 10:34:03 PM
October 14, 2012 - From Mashatu

Posted by ©Andrei Snyman of "Sunset over Sandstone Ridge with Mashatu tree in foreground'.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8325/8089140491_6c4dcd4ee7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8089140491/)

Beautiful.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 14, 2012, 10:44:21 PM
Two blogs from Londolozi with some great photos.

1.  Oct. 5 - This week in Pictures - leopards and more leopards.    (http://[url=http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/10/the-week-in-pictures-55/)
The 'young' Marthly male leopard is seen mating.  

2.   Oct. 8 - The Most Precious Lion Cub in the Sabi Sands. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/10/the-most-precious-lion-cub-in-the-sabi-sands/)
and that she is - so sweet. The legendary 'Tailless Female' from the Tsalala Pride's young daughter.  And three of the four Majingilane Males seen running through Tsalala territory.

 :wub  the cubbies
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 14, 2012, 10:47:02 PM
October 14, 2012

And another leopard cub - this one is Salayexe's son.   HERE.  (http://www.odpsafaris.com/index.php/easyblog/entry/elephant-plains-we-see-salayexe-and-her-playful-cub#.UHsKiZCPwEs.facebook)

Now, if we would just hear if Karula is pregnant?? 

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on October 14, 2012, 11:51:45 PM
A video of the latest elephant born at Thula Thula is on facebook dated Oct 12. Another was born just one month prior. This brings the herd total to 24.
 Great success they are having there.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 15, 2012, 09:53:48 AM
Beth,

Thanks to your post the other day on FB, I have the video link and photos in a folder.  As you lead me to Thula Thula Timeline, would you like to post them here?

Ann
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on October 15, 2012, 10:50:05 AM
Can't figure out how to get them here Ann. Go ahead please.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 15, 2012, 08:06:32 PM
Cast your mind back to June of 2012.  Back on Page 7, Beth posted Replies #101 and #102. I followed with #103.   HERE, about a book she was reading.   (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg113107#msg113107)

The book was 'The Elephant Whisperer' by Lawrence Anthony.  
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Fascinating reading of his taking a wild traumatized herd of elephants onto his reserve. (Thula Thula)
  Lawrence Anthony died on May 2, 2012.  His wife and family have maintained the work being done at Thula Thula - Exclusive Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa.
 
Map - showing the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) circled in red on right hand side. Click on the map to enlarge it.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8325/8092441825_d1f89f871a_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8092441825/)

Web site http://www.thulathula.com/ (http://www.thulathula.com/)

FaceBook Timeline
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thula-Thula-Exclusive-Private-Game-Reserve/106135859547 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thula-Thula-Exclusive-Private-Game-Reserve/106135859547)

The photos Beth referred to in her post three above this are of two very young new born elephants. One 'Andile' was born to 'Mvula' on Sept. 11, 2012 and the other one (as yet to be named) to 'Marula'  on Oct, 11, 2012. They are so sweet and appear to be doing well.

Sept. 11 - Mvula and Andile:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8189/8092371162_942e80f7aa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8092371162/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8193/8092364551_42a545dcfc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8092364551/)
Photo taken by Harry Stoker of Wildman Photography

Sept. 13
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8190/8092370976_5bdb5812f3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8092370976/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8329/8092364341_a2390a6fbd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8092364341/)
Photo taken by Harry Stoker of Wildman Photography

Next up the latest baby   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 15, 2012, 08:19:17 PM
October 11, 2012 - Another baby elephant born at Thula Thula

Mother is 'Marula'
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8048/8092370832_dc0799f886.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8092370832/)

One can just see part of the baby.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8092364181_e4b9069f74.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8092364181/)

October 12 - One day old and up on it's feet trying to keep up to Mum.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8463/8092370602_899135919a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8092370602/)

VIDEO  while the date above the video says Oct. 12, 2012, the description says Sept. 12 and 'Andile'
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151264777590987&set=vb.106135859547&type=2&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151264777590987&set=vb.106135859547&type=2&theater)

I hope they continue to do well and stay healthy and live long.

 :thumbup: :ecsmile  :heart  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 17, 2012, 03:44:45 PM
Oct. 16, 2012 from Arathusa Safari Lodge.

Arathusa has posted their latest Ranger Diary for Oct. 7 -13th  HERE.  (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/10/rangers-diary-7-%E2%80%93-13-october-2012/)

Assorted sightings including three sightings of Salayexe and her cub, eight members of the Styx Pride (two sightings, the second one when they were all tucking into a buffalo kill. A breeding herd of elephants came along and lions and ellies scared each other. The lion cubs took off in a hurry as an ellie chased them - all was well.) A young male and female lion belonging to the Nkuhumas,  and two cheetahs, a wild dog, hippos. and more.

These are two photos taken by ©Ryan Johnston.
Young male Cheetah
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8098185527_c6bcfea8a5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8098185527/)

Salayexe's young cub with a rat cane kill
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8186/8098192374_b3c3380b6d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8098192374/)
Photo by ©Ryan Johnston

AND video x 2: both by ©Ryan Johnson
1. Styx Cubs playing  
Styx sub-adults playing around in the early evening.mpg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntK1N5jSJhY#ws)

2. Inkanyeni, the young male leopard had killed an impala.
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but hastily boldted up a tree when a pack of wild dogs arrived -- all seven adults, and six pups! They stole the leopards' kill, and began to feast -- before they too began quickly moving away! The Styx pride had heard all the commotion, and obviously the lions came to investigate and began to clean up what was left of the carcass. Before they had finished, five hyenas joined the party as well! What a great sighting!
ARATHUSA - The fight for an impala kill.mpg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioMJ65AhWXg#ws)

 :biggrin3
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 17, 2012, 04:05:40 PM
Idube Safari Lodge now has it's own cam, which is being broadcast via Africam at:
http://www.africam.com/wildlife/idube_webcam (http://www.africam.com/wildlife/idube_webcam)
 
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This camera is positioned at Scotia Dam and provides not only an abundance of african wildlife but also a vast and tranquil viewing experience with its panoramic vista and dynamic sound.

The lodge is part of the Idube Game Reserve, which to me appears to have a new 'Timeline'  on FB at:
http://idube.com/static (http://idube.com/static)

Oct. 17 CAT - Gabi H. had great fun watching a breeding herd of elephants and posted this collage.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8186/8098192066_2f23763fc3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8098192066/)

And I just took this photo - Thurs. Oct. 18 at 1 a.m. CAT.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8476/8098343418_08cbb1b5d3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8098343418/)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 17, 2012, 04:47:33 PM
Salayexe and her cub have obviously been moving about.

This video of the cub falling out of a tree was published on YouTube today (Oct. 17), but it doesn't say when it was taken. They were at Arathusa between the 6 - 13th.

http://youtu.be/1r8uxbHFPk8 (http://youtu.be/1r8uxbHFPk8)

 :eclol   :eclove



Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/10/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.

More > > > >
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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.  (http://www.sabisabi.com/blog/1816/new-kidz-on-the-block/#more-1816)

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.

Bye for now.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8050/8110612668_d712252f12.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8110612668/)

So good to see Tara  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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 (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/baby-elephant-rescue-steal-heart-165229059.html)

 :thumbup:   :wub
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 21, 2012, 04:48:19 PM
Oct. 18  - STORK ALERT    :biggrin3

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8110664812_223dc62498_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8110664812/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8110605507_c396913095.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8110605507/)

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

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/10/the-week-in-pictures-57/)

Enjoy  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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.  (https://www.facebook.com/beyondbordersfilmschool)

2. In the 'About' area of the link above you will find in depth information about the school.
 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8368436563_333768268c_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8368436563/)

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

 :biggrin3

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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.
 :heart

I am pleased they have closed the area where the event occurred. :)  Two, maybe three playmates for Tailless Female's cub.  :wub



Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/10/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc 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.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8204/8261416933_8801e55770.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8261416933/)

'BB' (Tsalala Pride) and her cub
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8061/8262485676_42e22ffeb4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8262485676/)

Styx cubs - by Willie Woest
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8345/8262485500_c201c2c7f4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8262485500/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8261446065_791ee60850.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8261446065/)

One baby ellie
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8209/8262514064_11acf656ae.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8262514064/)

Twin ellies - about 2 weeks old
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8212/8262514402_76cd1ccf50.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8262514402/)

Salayexe and her one surviving cub ( I can't remember if we heard when she lost one of the cubs)  :puzzled2
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8478/8261444071_ffbd4e4c55.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8261444071/)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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'
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8262544414_1a7f284332.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8262544414/)

Beautiful young Tsalala lionesess:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8482/8262545308_15fb4c855e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8262545308/)

Breeding herd of elephants:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8482/8261476429_b7b44ab7ed.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8261476429/)

Young and adorable Styx pride cubs:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8058/8262546402_62cdf08ed1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8262546402/)

Salayexe's cub went down the tree to rescue a kill (that between S and cub had been dropped):
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8209/8261477579_482dfe5730.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8261477579/)

Cub with the kill:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8204/8262546878_39fac03cc8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8262546878/)

 :ecsmile





Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8262595516_0141662ddf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8262595516/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8198/8261525759_a56ea73cde.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8261525759/)

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

 :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE 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 (http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/face-to-face-with-a-cheetah/1jpb6uv9t?cpkey=f5f9bc11-28f9-4edf-ac39-aa6deb92df41%257c%257c%257c%257c)

 :mgritted
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on December 10, 2012, 04:17:03 PM
Wow, that was a lot of vehicles! And they didn't hold their positions to give the cheetah room.

There was a TV program following the BIG CATS and the Cheetah mom learned to trust the vehicle and used it for the height advantage to look for prey. The cheetah was probably trying to do that here but doubt it helped get any prey this time.  :mconfused
Title: Re: From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on December 10, 2012, 04:39:54 PM
My eyes are crossing and my brain is numb; so only a few words about the following links with updates.

The 'cats' have been busy around the Londolozi area. And not all is good news.

On Nov. 5 - James Tyrell wrote a blog and included some awesome photos (one of which is of all four Majingilane Males) hanging around nad mating with the Tsalala females.
http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/majingilane-meet-with-tsalala-pride/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/majingilane-meet-with-tsalala-pride/)

On Nov. 6 - Adam Bannister wrote and with Rich Laburn took photos and videoed the return of the two old and tired looking Mapogos. It seems that Makhulu (15 y.) and Pretty Boy (12 y.) were able to bring down a female buffalo who was caught in a mud wallow.  
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These males continue to power forward staying alive against all odds.
http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/the-mapogo-return-north/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/the-mapogo-return-north/)

On Nov. 10 Adam Bannister reported that the Tsalala pride and cubs were doing well.
http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/tsalala-pride-taking-shape/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/tsalala-pride-taking-shape/)

Then on Nov. 27, when Adam returned from leave he posted some sad news. It appears that four of the Tsalala Pride youngsters are unaccounted for.  
http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/heartbreak-for-tsalala-pride/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/heartbreak-for-tsalala-pride/)  
This includes the :
1.  Young cub of 'BB' (the tailless female) mother)
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Born back in July 2012 this little lion cub looked to be in good shape. Having overcome the initial obstacles of early cubhood, she was of the age where she had left the various den-sites and was actively following her little family. This cub was very special as it was the 6th litter of the old female and was thought by many to be Tailless’ last. The Tailless female has been seen numerous times but her daughter was last seen at the end of October!

2. The newest litter from the Tailed Female.
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The litter of three that was born in mid October have not been seen. Now we are all still holding thumbs that the mother has just moved them to a den-site that we have not been able to find. However, the thing that makes us all nervous is that this female has been seen mating numerous times throughout November. Is she mating to keep the Majingilane happy, or has she lost her 4th litter?

However, on a happy note - it is impala lambing season and they are being dropped on Londolozi and the other areas too.
http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/impala-lambing-season-is-upon-us/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/11/impala-lambing-season-is-upon-us/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: From Mashatu Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on December 12, 2012, 06:20:20 PM
NOTE: April 24, 2013
In December 2012 the topic 'Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve' was split into (1) Pete's Pond and (2) the posts from Mashatu Game Reserve were moved into 'Sights & News from Other Game Reserves in Sabi Sands'.  

Mashatu Game Reserve is not in Sabi Sands, so I have changed the title of the topic to  Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 - - (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.0)  
From the original joint topic I have copied and pasted here the general information pertinent to the Mashatu Game Reserve.  

Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana

The Mashatu Game Reserve is located, in south-eastern Botswana, Africa.  Pete Le Roux has been the general manager of the reserve for many years (15 or more now). Pete set up the pond (named after him) on the reserve as a watering hole in the hopes of protecting wildlife from poachers along the Limpopo River.

The reserve is located at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers adjacent to the country of Zimbabwe. The Mashatu Game Reserve is high lighted in red on the following maps. Click on both photos for larger image

(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/th_MashatuGameReserveoutlined.jpg) (http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/MashatuGameReserveoutlined.jpg)    (http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/th_MapfromLandofGiantssitewithMGRcoloured.jpg) (http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/MapfromLandofGiantssitewithMGRcoloured.jpg)

Mashatu Game Reserve website is at - Mashatu Game Reserve - Land of Giants. (http://www.mashatu.com/)
Some of the topics include history, general information, wildlife,  and 'Special Programmes' which include a children's programme, Adventures Programme and a programme related to Eco Training on Mashatu.

Mashatu has set up 'hides' from which photographers take photos from the hides; many of which have been posted on Facebook (which I have posted in this topic). Three web sites are:
On Facebook:
1. https://www.facebook.com/MashatuGameReserve (https://www.facebook.com/MashatuGameReserve)
2. https://www.facebook.com/c4images.safaris (https://www.facebook.com/c4images.safaris)
And about the photgraphic hides: http://www.c4photohides.com/ (http://www.c4photohides.com/)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

As posted before the above addition
Dec. 12, 2012I have found some updates from Mashatu Game Reserve with some awesome, beautiful, adorable photos.    :nod2

Cheetah Updates - they are such beautiful animals  
1. Nov. 12, 2012 - http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/11/cheetah-update-12-november-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/11/cheetah-update-12-november-2012/)

2. Nov. 28, 2012 - after the rains one more photo.
http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/11/cheetah-update-28-november-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/11/cheetah-update-28-november-2012/)

Elephant Updates - by Jena Casey, who as I understand it is part of an elephant research group at Mashatu  :question
Nov. 13, 2012   http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/11/elephant-update-13-october-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/11/elephant-update-13-october-2012/)

Jena's comments include:
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It was a lovely morning with roughly 100 elephants all passing before me on their journey toward Mashatu Main Camp, as I sat recording data and enjoying their presence.

And about the little ones (I think it is the 8th photo down that I love of a little one  :heart
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It was just a fantastic sight to see little one-year old calves and their newly weaned siblings enjoying a moment’s play and fun. It was quite a treat to see the herd spend over an hour at the waterhole as three large groups moved through.

Nov. 28, 2012 - and another ellies update by Jena
http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/11/elephant-update-28-november-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/11/elephant-update-28-november-2012/)

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Another group of about 25 enjoy spending their midday hours beneath the shade of giant Mashatu trees; one of the few trees capable of providing cover for such a large group. Mothers stand over young calves who wrestle with bodies. Unable to sleep they alternate between lying down and standing, nursing and back down again. Older juvenile boys stand on the outskirts, giving space to the family as the forage, periodically returning for moments of cool salvation. While watching this herd one day, I was greeted with the return of a very large bull. His size was captivating, dwarfing me in my Toyota Land Cruiser. He calmly put his trunk into the air to assess my presence and continued on toward his herd. He was calm and certain with each of his steps, as passed within metres of me. This is certainly one bull that has been around for a long time. A magnificent power, encased in ease and tranquility. He must remember some amazing seasonal experiences over several decades.

Nov. 2012 Game report by Andrei Snyman - lions, cheetahs, ellies and a visit from two Children in the Wilderness (CITW) (http://www.childreninthewilderness.com/) school groups were hosted back-to-back at Tent Camp. Also see next post.

http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/12/november-game-report-2/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/12/november-game-report-2/)

 :eclove
Title: Re: From Mashatu Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on December 12, 2012, 06:34:40 PM
More about the school children's vist
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Children from nearby local villages, close to Mashatu, had the amazing opportunity to be treated as guests and learn about the wonders and splendour of the African bush that we all share. As part of the programme to teach the children, researchers from Mashatu all took part in different afternoon sessions with the kids. Fun and entertaining exercises, ranging from identifying insects, handling and touching live snakes, learning how to radio track a collar and many more exercises were incorporated into the lessons.


One of Jay Collier's photos from Sept. 30, 2012
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8267769667_37ac7472c2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8267769667/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8267769599_47500ea991_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8267769599/)

Final video Dec. 5 from the school's visit. A visit to the elephant hide; what an experience for the children and great footage.  I finally figured how to do the 'youtube' thing (instead of the link given on the blog). On the bottom right of the screen click on 'YouTube' for larger view.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcrcKlBCohQ

 :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Cawatcher on December 12, 2012, 06:41:17 PM
thank you BBE!!
Title: Re: From Mashatu Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on December 12, 2012, 06:50:41 PM
Cali, you are most welcome and here are some more I found. :nod2

These two photos were taken at Mashatu by a Kyle Levine at the end of Nov. 2012.  Such beautiful photos - and the cub has a mischievous look   :eclol

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8340/8267796711_827ede1058.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8267796711/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8268865474_5e63f964cf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8268865474/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8208/8268865610_83acd5d528.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8268865610/)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Cawatcher on December 12, 2012, 07:02:34 PM
Excellent!! can you imagine being this close!!??
Title: Re: From Mashatu Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on December 12, 2012, 07:03:28 PM
I think this the last of all I found over the past week.   :nod2

Elephant cooling off. Taken by Dudley Steenkamp on Dec. 1
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8206/8267812619_cdaa430688.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8267812619/)

Three Lion cubs at play on Dec. 4. :eclove
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8268881560_1a67e0a813.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8268881560/)

Now this would be a great way to see the area.  :biggrin3
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8268881476_896176fe1d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8268881476/)

Into the African wilds: Saddling up for a safari with a difference in Botswana
By Helen Atkinson Wood
PUBLISHED:11:16 GMT, 2 December 2012| UPDATED: 11:16 GMT, 2 December 2012

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2241765/Africa-horseback-Saddling-safari-difference-Botswana.html#ixzz2EthKs9E5 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2241765/Africa-horseback-Saddling-safari-difference-Botswana.html#ixzz2EthKs9E5)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 12, 2012, 07:09:32 PM
Cali,

Dudley Steenkamp is a pilot with South African Airways. This is the link to his photos.   I have the distinct feeling he is also a professional photographer.
https://www.facebook.com/dudley.steenkamp.1 (https://www.facebook.com/dudley.steenkamp.1)

Ann
Title: Re: From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on December 12, 2012, 09:37:42 PM
Taken by Wim Vorster in early Dec. 2012
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8200/8269166904_99dbe3e6ae.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8269166904/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8058/8269166856_16b7775564.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8269166856/)

Wim he is a professional photographer who has spent considerable time in Sabi Sands.  http://500px.com/WimVorster (http://500px.com/WimVorster)

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Wim was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and wasted no time in spending as much time as possible in the bush. His keen interest in wildlife led him straight from high school to complete his National Diploma in Nature Conservation whilst working as nature conservator, researcher and guide on Rietvlei Nature Reserve. After two more years of studying Wim completed his B-Tech degree in Nature Conservation and then ventured further afield to one of the best lodges in Africa, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. He worked there as a field guide for 4 years completing all three levels of his FGASA qualifications from where he then became head ranger at Sabi Sabi’s Earth Lodge. Wim continued his career at the newly established Thanda Private Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal as Safari Manager and a year later, together with his wife, became relief camp managers for Sanctuary Retreats in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Chief’s Island being one of his favourite wildlife destinations. Wim is now based in Pretoria with his wife, working on their first wildlife documentary. Wim specialises in leading photographic safaris, birding safaris as well as large predators of Africa safaris.


To find out more visit Wim’s website at  http://www.wildwebafrica.com/ (http://www.wildwebafrica.com/)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 13, 2012, 09:00:06 PM
The long silence from Tara has a been broken.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8271798662_565ec16bda.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8271798662/)

http://tara-pirie.blogspot.ca/2012/12/seasons-greetings.html (http://tara-pirie.blogspot.ca/2012/12/seasons-greetings.html)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 13, 2012, 09:15:25 PM
Beth posted this photo on FB - by Isak Pretorious. Love the Oxpeckers.  :ecsmile   Maybe taken at Mashatu?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8271821292_746b9b4ce0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8271821292/)

 :ty
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on December 14, 2012, 08:57:49 AM
Tara sounds happy and doing some interesting work. Sure hope she can get some pictures of her favorite birds she is hearing. Maybe we should find some and post here for ourselves.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on December 14, 2012, 09:01:09 AM
Here is the Narina Trogan she hears every morning

http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/trogon.htm (http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/trogon.htm)

Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina) at Kibale Forest, Uganda, November 2010 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAP65HnF7S0#)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on December 14, 2012, 09:04:55 AM
The Purple Crested Turaco

http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/musophagidae/gallirex_porphyreolophus.htm (http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/musophagidae/gallirex_porphyreolophus.htm)

A video on You tube


Purple-Crested Turaco. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvNJhIvr_VA#)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 14, 2012, 01:38:39 PM
Thanks Beth for posting about the beautiful Narina Trogon and also the Turaco.

On Aug. 13, 2012 Adam Bannister from Londolozi wrote a blog about the beautiful Narina Trogon. I saved it and thought I had posted it - obviosuly not, as I am having trouble finding it on here.  :puzzled2

http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/why-is-it-called-a-narina-trogon/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/08/why-is-it-called-a-narina-trogon/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 14, 2012, 01:52:22 PM
 :thumbup: I found the blog Adam wrote about the Trogon. Posted in late Sept. along with some other blogs -
HERE   (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg118616#msg118616) :biggrin3 
Title: Re: From Idube Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on December 17, 2012, 11:30:21 PM
Dec. 17,  Egyptian geese and their 5 Goslings

Gabi H. took this photo from the Idube Game Reserve via the 'Africam'. Eyes are all on the goslings as there is a crocodile in the water at Idube.   :ohno

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8282711175_f43b13c057_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8282711175/)

I hope for the best for the family.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 17, 2012, 11:35:49 PM
Dec.17   from Lion Sands, in Sabi Sands

Tristan Dicks, ranger now at Lion Sands posted this photo and description of the 'Kruger Male'.  In the next few days I need to do some reading on FB group for 'Lions of Sabi Sands'.  Why ? because in late Aug. Adam Bannister of Londolozi reported that they thought the deceased lion they had seen was the 'Kruger Male'.  :puzzled2

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8283769460_1a36e7bc29.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8283769460/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8283769436_94affbdf80.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8283769436/)

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 17, 2012, 11:54:05 PM
December 2012  - Elephants Funny Behavior at Nkorho
Uploaded by a Wil Vermeesch

it certainly was funny. Almost as thought some were deciding if the vehicle and tourists were OK. What else was making be this way  :puzzled2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1A9-oaNYsU

I posted on FB that I thought the ellies were deciding if the vehicle and tourists were facing a mock charge.  Sandra G. commented in reply
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Those ellies were having a very nice time there! And Bbe is right.... the ellies were very accepting of the vehicle and the visitors; the one ellie who lifted her trunk several times in a salute was exhibiting a greeting elephants use among themselves all the time. I would be thrilled to have an ellie greet me that way!
:ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 18, 2012, 12:34:42 AM
Dec. 10 - 16 Sightings list for Elephant Plains included lions, leopards, elephants and more.
http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2012/12/big-5-sightings-10-16-december-2012/ (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2012/12/big-5-sightings-10-16-december-2012/)

And three wonderful photos taken by Willie Woest.

Woodland Kingfisher
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8350/8282816981_22bb9ae8bc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8282816981/)

Sunset
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8069/8283875274_c2ab612901.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8283875274/)

And best of all Salayexe and her cub
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8201/8282816897_0de8080ae3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8282816897/)

Way past my bedtime. I won't be back for several days.

 :v
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 19, 2012, 11:32:22 AM
Dec.17   from Lion Sands, in Sabi Sands

Tristan Dicks, ranger now at Lion Sands posted this photo and description of the 'Kruger Male'.  In the next few days I need to do some reading on FB group for 'Lions of Sabi Sands'.  Why ? because in late Aug. Adam Bannister of Londolozi reported that they thought the deceased lion they had seen was the 'Kruger Male'  :puzzled2

I have done some reading. There were two brothers who were known as the 'Kruger Males'. The one Adam reported dead in August was the one known as 'Limper'. The one I posted about above (with Tristan Dicks photo) is the other brother who is alive and well. Folks are apparently calling him 'Freddy'. (as he can be mean - as in 'Freddy of Elm Street' ?)

Bye for now.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 19, 2012, 07:56:26 PM
A relatively new Facebook timeline with some awesome photos of African wildlife.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/AfricaThroughMyLens/photos_stream (https://www.facebook.com/#!/AfricaThroughMyLens/photos_stream)

A photographer by the name of Liz Hart has just spent a few days at Mashatu. Here are three absolutely beautiful photos she posted on the timeline.  :wub

Dec. 18th - Elephants
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8363/8290280192_42f0fc0264.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8290280192/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8356/8289220627_f4e60a15e8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8289220627/)

Dec. 19 - The Mashatu Prince
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8363/8290280456_c4dcbd6cba.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8290280456/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8217/8289220903_effdb47625.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8289220903/)

Dec. 19th - Leopard ? the prince or another is not clear.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8359/8290279932_3047832a60.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8290279932/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8290280292_0698b21f98.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8290280292/)

 :ty  and   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: luvthebirds on December 19, 2012, 08:02:30 PM
WOW, gorgeous photos, thank you for sharing them, BBE!

I am glad to hear Karula is doing okay. I hope to hear about her new cub(s) soon!  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 26, 2012, 09:09:22 PM
Dec. 22 - Elephants at Mashatu

Another beautiful photo from the Mashatu elephant hide; taken by Shem Compion. We have seen some of Shem Compion   :nod2 :thumbup:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8223/8313600292_0870f6728f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8313600292/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8312550673_7fcbdeffbf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8312550673/)

Thank you Shem for capturing this great action shot of the elephants.

 :ty
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 26, 2012, 09:10:24 PM
Dec. 24. Lion Sands
The field ranger, Ale Olivieri reported on their FB site about a beautiful sighting - a lioness and her cub.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8082/8313580728_8e3a3923d7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8313580728/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8356/8313580694_9784537221.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8313580694/)

 :thumbup:  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 26, 2012, 10:16:47 PM
Hello,

While we aren't familiarar with all the 'cats' mentioned in these articles there are some great photos. Londolozi has changed the banner for their site.

Dec. 20 - Adam Bannister wrote about Tsalala Young Male Comes of Age! (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/12/tsalala-young-male-comes-of-age/)

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There is trouble brewing amongst the Londolozi Lions. Lion Warfare has taken an unexpected turn in the last 3 weeks with the Tsalala Young Male and his comrade, the Sparta Male, appearing to be hell bent on pushing back into Londolozi. It has been fascinating to watch them move further and further north, on a near daily basis, up into Majingilane territory.

Dec. 21 - Talley Smith's father, a photographer in his own right, posted some super photos, including Majingilane lion, Martial Eagle, Sparta Cub and more . . . . . .    
 The Week in Pictures # 63.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/12/the-week-in-pictures-63/)

Dec. 24 - Adam Bannister wrote about the sights for the past month - lions, leopards, wildebeest with new calves, zebras, and a cheetah.
December at Londolozi.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/12/december-at-londolozi/)

Bye for now - Ann   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 09, 2013, 10:51:40 PM
January 9, 2013 and Happy New Year

Most of the people who visit here know that our favourite female leopard at Djuma - 'La Diva Karula' gave birth to her fourth litter in early December 2012.  Karula as the good Mother she is, is keeping the cub(s) to well hidden and out of harms way. No-one has seen them as yet.  She has been seen and is lactating = babies.

In the meantime I have been posting updates on two topics here, which is getting confusing.  :mconfused  

As of now all updates about Karula and her new cub(s) can be found in this new topic:  2013: Updates, Sightings, Photos etc. re Karula and New Litter.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1290.0)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 11, 2013, 09:22:21 PM
Arathusa Ranger Guides blog Dec. 30, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2013

Lots of news re leopards, including what we already know about Karula lacatating.  But it seems she and the likely father of her latest litter; Mvula, had a disagreement over an impala kill Karula made.  Now Mvula needs to be told that ladies who have had babies and are nursing need food.  :eclol
Also photos of Karula's daughters with their respective cub(s) taken by Brandon Birch.
http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/01/rangers-diary-30-december-2012-5-january-2013/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/01/rangers-diary-30-december-2012-5-january-2013/)

One of Thandi's (Saseka) cubs.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8371466309_dece52ab86.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8371466309/)

Shadow (Tingana) and her two adorable cubs - one lying in front of the other.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8371466437_fa1b87bc77.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8371466437/)

Note: Saseka and Tingana are Karula's daughters from her first litter.

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 17, 2013, 08:45:36 PM
Jan. 16, 2013 - Update from Mashatu Game Reserve

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8391628340_89da8b7f95.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8391628340/)

Hopefully the rain has also raised the water level at Pete's Pond.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 20, 2013, 01:16:31 PM
Xivambalana (Karula's son from her third litter) has been seen hanging around Elephant Plains.  He is a handsome young leopard.

Jan. 6 sighting:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8398985049_d4d70e25c5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8398985049/)
Photo taken by and inserted into EP weekly blog of sightings by Riahard Davis of EP.

Jan. 14 sighting:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8098/8398920849_3e8d5b797d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8398920849/)
Photo posted on web by Wanda B.

 Weekly Sightings for Dec.31, 2012 - Jan.6, 2013.  (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/01/big-5-sightings-31-december-2012-06-january-2013/) Include Xivamabalana, Salayexe and cub, elephants, and wild dog(s).

:eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 21, 2013, 12:10:01 AM
January 21

So many of the reserves in Sabi Sands received mega rain fall in the past 24 - 36 hours. Several areas with
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overflows and / or flooding.

Many photos resemble what we saw this time last year.

One newspaper report Heavy Rains Shut Kruger Roads.  (http://www.news24.com/Travel/South-Africa/Heavy-rains-shut-Kruger-roads-20130121)

More to come.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 21, 2013, 01:18:46 AM
January 20 - Photos from other areas in the Sabi Sands.

Considerable devastation on some of the reserves / at lodges.  :ecsad

Idube Game Reserve
In the next post is a map of the area. Look at the far left side side of the light green area. Just about centre of the block which juts out is 'Idube' (just above 'Leopard Hills').

Description on FB of the flooding.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8501/8401751764_b64785f47a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8401751764/)

Overflow at the Scotia Dam
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8366/8401751924_7a4865fee9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8401751924/)

Close up of the overflow
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8076/8400662683_1c970df286.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8400662683/)

Flooded area
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8401751726_bab0fdc869.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8401751726/)

 :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 21, 2013, 02:10:33 AM
January 20 photos of flooding continued.

This map will help you locate the following areas:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8330/8400776517_a9404f1200.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8400776517/)

1. Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve:
On the right side of the light green area on the map,(about a third of the way down) look for Nkorho, and Chitwa Chitwa.  Cheetah Plains is under those.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8222/8401787948_908b2c2694.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8401787948/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8401751672_448b4005c1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8401751672/)


2. Inyati Private Game Lodge situated on the banks of the Sand River.
On the map, on the far left side of the light green area; you will see an airplane and beside it the word 'Inyati'.  The Sand River flows to the right, turns south and joins the Sabi River coming from the bottom left.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8362/8401807042_9a32cf00a5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8401807042/)


3. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. Exactly where wasn't stated. On the map the Sabi Sabi PGR is quite large and lies directly under the 'Londolozi Reserve'; which is dead centre.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8331/8400718147_001b3defe2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8400718147/)


4. Short video from Kirkman's Kamp which is located on the bottom right of the map - by the 'K' in Kruger.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151368148871492 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151368148871492)

I hope these photos have given you some idea of the extent of the flooding. I am sure the other reserves also have some degree of flooding. Very sad for the animals and all those who live and work in the Sabi Sands.

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 21, 2013, 08:49:54 PM
January 20 Sighting on Cheetah Plains

Leopard family having a bath on Jan. 14, 2013

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The leopard family enjoying a family grooming session. This is the Female Thandi** and her 2 cubs. 14 Jan 2013.  Film clip by: Fieldguide Justin Glanville

** Thandi = Saseka.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-Iv122_to0

 :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 21, 2013, 09:03:38 PM
January 21    :hooray :s*

Seb and his longtime love Shannon are engaged
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8404780748_fa8c874fe1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8404780748/)

Some folks have posted asking if all is well with the baby due in April.

I wish them all the best and much happiness.  :flower
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 21, 2013, 09:31:01 PM
January 21 Update from Mashatu posted on their FB page.

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Jan. 21, 2013: IMPORTANT RELEASE FROM MASHATU GAME RESERVE:

The week to Sunday the 21st of January 2013 will be remembered as the floods of 2013. These floods during which 450mm (18”) of rain fell in 5 days also heralded the emergence of Mashatu Game Reserve in south eastern Botswana from its crippling 2012 drought.

Mashatu suffered minimal damage caused by flooding of its facilities on the banks of the Limpopo River. Surrounding landowners suffered to a greater or lesser extent. The two Mashatu camps are unscathed but the high water experienced during the flooding did make for some anxious moments!!

The cable car that ferries tourists across the Limpopo River from South Africa into Botswana will need some work done to it to get it fully operational again. In the interim, a boat will be used for crossing the Limpopo River until such time as repairs can be effected.

The weather is now clear and the forecast is for fine conditions for the next week during which time the water damage can be assessed and roads repaired.

It is anticipated that the ecological damage is minimal with erosion the only negative impact. However the benefits of this huge water will be felt in this dry area for months if not years to come. Boreholes, pans and the water table will be at their brims. The immediate growth of vegetation will see Mashatu, in a few weeks, being a wonderland of fresh new grasses, wild flowers a myriad species of butterflies.

Mashatu’s recent drought was one of the worst in living memory. The die off that resulted was a windfall for the many predators that abound on Mashatu. This era of bounty for the predators is now over!!

This wet period, whilst an inconvenience for management, staff and guests on the property remains a small sacrifice for the ecological gift that nature has provided. For this we are most grateful.

Mother Nature affected Mashatu and other reserves in both bad and good ways.  All the folks there are safe and sound. Minimal repair work needed.

Thanks for the report, and continued success with all your projects.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 21, 2013, 10:11:12 PM
January 21 - Daytime sighting of a Civet

This was posted on FB by Dave B. (who has taken many photos at Mashatu which I have posted over the past two years). I believe he is/was in Kruger national park when he saw the civet.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8049/8404906648_6bcf7cbbcc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8404906648/)

Reference:
http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_civet.html (http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_civet.html)

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 21, 2013, 11:28:51 PM
January 22 at about 7 a.m. CAT from Lion Sands

Lion Sands is on the map in previous post. Near the bottom and left of the word 'Kruger' and a little more left from Kirkman's Kamp.

Words and photo from the General Manager; Oliver Richter

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8221/8405038438_b63b8352be.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8405038438/)

Am I seeing the wing of an airplane on the right with the river image reflected on it  :question
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8475/8405038404_10e5f08656.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8405038404/)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 23, 2013, 12:36:47 AM
January 23

Video from Idube Game Reserve Safari highlights (#187) for 18 - 20 January 2013.  Elephant, adult lions, lion cubs, adult leopard and a cub  :eclove

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V9qt2h603E

FB site:   www.facebook.com/idubelodge?fref=ts (http://www.facebook.com/idubelodge?fref=ts)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 27, 2013, 04:39:50 PM
Posted on website January 26th

In Dec. 2012 a guest at Cheetah Plains saw a beautiful young leopard. She has sent her photo to Cheetah Plains to post. Vicki you were so lucky  :heart

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8098/8422171712_4e00e0df55.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8422171712/)

One of Saseka's (Thandi) two cubs, who has inherited her grandmother's genes  :eclove
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8422171894_672bb46191.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8422171894/)

What a beauty.  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 27, 2013, 05:10:22 PM
Jan. 18 - A newspaper reported the story of a cliff hanging leopard at Singita Sabi Sand.

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During my four years as a guide at Singita Kruger National Park I would always scan the cliffs of the Lebombo Mountain range.
 
I  imagined how amazing it would be to see a leopard scale these steep, craggy cliffs. Leopards are incredibly agile in trees and this mountain, I thought, would test their skills to the limit.
 
We sat for a short while with a female leopard and her two cubs at the foot of the mountain. The mother started walking towards the river, we didn’t think much of it, she would probably return shortly. Hardly 5 minutes went by when I heard a klipspringer alarm right at the top of the cliff. To my complete and utter disbelief there was the female leopard, standing tall atop of the cliff I thought would be near impossible to climb. She had conquered it in less than 5 minutes and was hardly out of breath!

For the rest of the story and awesome photos by go to: http://blog.africageographic.com/safari-blog/bush/the-cliffhanging-leopard/ (http://blog.africageographic.com/safari-blog/bush/the-cliffhanging-leopard/)

Marlon du Toit is a Field Guide at Singita Sabi Sand, and is renowned for his photographic abilities. He frequently writes in the paper at: http://blog.africageographic.com/safari-blog/author/marlon/ (http://blog.africageographic.com/safari-blog/author/marlon/)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 27, 2013, 05:29:01 PM
Around Jan. 24, 2013 it was reported that 15,000 crocodiles escape from South Africa farm

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By Peroshni Govender, Reuters

JOHANNESBURG -- Some 15,000 crocodiles escaped from a South African reptile farm during a flood this week and about half of them are still on the loose in and around one of southern Africa's biggest rivers, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

"There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a lot," Zane Langman, whose in-laws own the farm in the northern part of the country told Beeld newspaper.

Langman said only half the escaped crocodiles from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm close to the Botswana border had been recaptured, the report said.

Langman added that farm gates were opened out of fear the rushing flood water would crush the crocodiles.

Officials from the farm were not immediately available for comment.

For more on the story go to:
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/24/16679286-15000-crocodiles-escape-from-south-africa-farm?lite (http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/24/16679286-15000-crocodiles-escape-from-south-africa-farm?lite)

Someone on FB's 'Djuma Djunkies' asked how far the Crocodile Farm might be from Mashatu.

As most folks here are aware Mashatu Game Reserve lies on the Limpopo River. 
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/th_MapfromLandofGiantssitewithMGRcoloured.jpg) (http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/MapfromLandofGiantssitewithMGRcoloured.jpg)

I have been trying to find out via internet where the farm is in relation to Mashatu. The best (and maybe not accurate ?) I have come up with is that the Rakwena Crocodile farm appears to be close to Mesina in north eastern South Africa. It is about 95.2 km (give or take 60 miles) east of Mashatu Game Reserve.
Who knows which way the crocs went when they escaped into the Limpopo River ?
 
In this map red is where Mashatu (Botswana) is situated and lime green is (I think ?) where the crocodile farm is situated close to Mesina, South Africa. The distance between th two places is roughly 60 miles (95.2 km).
 
Just stay out of the water. :)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8083/8421302341_a2114cfcb9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8421302341/)

 :nope
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 27, 2013, 05:47:04 PM
January 26 Post on Mashatu's FB page

From Shem Compion
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8192/8421365687_2371af0653.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8421365687/)

 :ecsad and I wish Mashatu and Shem good luck with the repairs.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 27, 2013, 05:52:53 PM
From my reading of pages on FB and from specific sites and newspaper articles there has been extensive damage done and some minimal of loss of life.  Not as bad as 2012 but still a major loss to the people and economy.

I hope that the affected areas will be receive the assistance they need and that they will be able to repair the damage done.


Posted here and also in the topics for Pete's Pond, and Djuma Private Game Reserve.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 27, 2013, 11:45:52 PM
:blush  late in posting this from January 23

Wim Vorster's shared this photo he took of Thandi (Saseka) coming down from a tree:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8422190059_91d8daec05.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8422190059/)

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Stunning picture of the "Descending queen" (female leopard Thandi), taken by Wim Vorster Photography on our last Photographic Workshop with Nikon Travel Africa.... if you also want to take pictures like this, make sure to join us for one of our next photographic workshops at Cheetah Plains: www.cheetahplains.com/static/photographic-safaris (http://www.cheetahplains.com/static/photographic-safaris)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 03, 2013, 02:11:01 PM
Jan. 25 - 28 sightings at Elephant Plains Game Lodge (EPGL)

These photos were all taken and posted by ©Willie Woest with EPGL. They were in the weekly sightings update.

Shadow (female Tingana) with one of her two cubs:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8191/8442699804_9665e484d6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8442699804/)

Elephant:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8238/8441609769_622b4f830e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8441609769/)

Salayexe and her cub playing:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8095/8441609667_cd87fd4450.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8441609667/)

Lioness known as 'Break-away female' - I think she is part of the Tsalala Pride.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8375/8441609933_e89e5fe308.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8441609933/)

 :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 03, 2013, 02:24:43 PM
Jan 25 - 29 sightings at Simbambili Game Lodge - sunset and Salayexe and her cub.

Photos taken and posted by Richard Sachse (Field Guide)

Sunset before the storm:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8053/8441610061_ec6e46f593.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8441610061/)

Salayexe and her cub:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8493/8441610267_b2055b1db7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8441610267/)

Photo of Salayexe and her cub taken and posted by Pierre Mouton (Field Guide)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8090/8441610521_2c7faba5fa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8441610521/)

All done for now  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 03, 2013, 02:43:56 PM
February 3 - just posted

We have heard and read about the male leopard Tingana and here he is taken by Pierre Mouton at SGL. What a handsome leopard, no wonder he was seen mating with various females in 2012  :mhihi

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8194/8443007750_0648fa2a81.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8443007750/)

 :eclove

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on February 05, 2013, 12:05:59 PM
February 5, 2013

Mystery solved. Some guides / rangers in their reports have indicated that Shadow/Tingana had one cub and others said two.

Today on FB's 'Karula & Family Photos', Sharon Moser posted:
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Arathusa Rangers Diary 20-26 January 2013:
Saturday
 ...This afternoon we started by seeing three old buffalo bulls resting up at one of the pans, enjoying the cool water on a hot afternoon. Not long after leaving them we found a small herd of elephants drinking at one of the waterholes close by. We then got an exciting call as one of the other guides managed to find one of our female leopards, Shadow, with her two small cubs. We eventually got into the sighting and spent a short, but awesome time with the small family. The two little ones were in a very playful mood and tried to entice their mom into games of cat and mouse, but she was having none of it as she moved along with purpose. She crossed down into a very wet area and we could no longer follow, but were grateful for the time we had with them.


So, Saseka/Thandi and Tingana/Shadow each have two cubs.

Link to a post here from early Jan. 2013 showing photos of cubs.
 http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg125063#msg125063 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg125063#msg125063)
 
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on February 09, 2013, 11:09:27 AM
A rare rescue of a mother and baby elepant both stuck in mud

http://blog.africageographic.com/africa-geographic-blog/wildlife/dramatic-elephant-rescue/ (http://blog.africageographic.com/africa-geographic-blog/wildlife/dramatic-elephant-rescue/)

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On Feb.  9th BBE replied saying:
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Beth, thank you so much for posting the above blog with photos of the dramtic rescue. I agree there are times when humans do intervene and this was one of them.  How fortunate people agreed to do this.  'All's well that ends well'.

 :heart

Apr. 2. I needed my post to start a new topic.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 04, 2013, 10:31:53 PM
Thandi (Saseka) and Salayexe with their latest cubs were seen a lot in the above area in Feb.

Feb. 4
Salayexe:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8530705514_92e8b3f6a0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8530705514/)

Depending on where I read I am clear whether Salayexe has one or two female cubs.?  Here are two photos both claiming to be 'one of Salayexe's female cubs - now about 6 months old.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8240/8530705600_88fbe92300.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8530705600/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8513/8529592475_58b7abfa43.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8529592475/)

Note:
I have just been on Facebook trying to get info re the number of cubs Salayexe has. From all that I read she gave birth to a litter of two cubs on June 28, 2012. They were both seen in Sept. 2012. Sometime between Sept. and the end of 2012, one died.

Feb. 6 at Arathusa, Ryan Johnston took these two super photos:

Big, handsome 'Mvula' (likely the father of Karula's latest cubs.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8521/8529592773_924a878a6e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8529592773/)

'Wabayiza' who is Saseka's (Thandi) son from her first litter. The other cub died.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8529592855_e0785e0c93.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8529592855/)

More > > > >  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 04, 2013, 11:09:40 PM
Feb. 9 'Thandi' (Saseka to us) visited the area with her two daughters.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8102/8529592905_115f3001e7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8529592905/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8376/8530705856_0ac2e840eb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8530705856/)

Mar. 2 Salayexe's daughter.  What a determined looking face she has.  :eclove
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8511/8530705916_41cf6ce4c2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8530705916/)

 :thumbup:  yea, I have you all up to date for now.

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 05, 2013, 07:06:23 PM
Belatedly various pics and reports from Mashatu Game Reserve

Jan. 26 Shem Compion wrote about closing the hide for repair.  Note: I read in the past few days that the hide has been re-opened. 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8385/8533282224_0d5f63328e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8533282224/)

Jan. 28 either Shem or Andrei took this beautiful photo 'after the rains'.  It has always amazed me that the land bounces back so quickly to be green with a carpet of yellow flowers.  :ecsmile
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8239/8533282368_15b9b72f9a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8533282368/)

Feb. 14 Mike Dexter took and posted this photo of the area.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8238/8532146681_7a21d63150.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8532146681/)

Photographer Villers Steyn has taken many photos around Mashatu. He took the two following photos between Feb. 21 and 25th.:
1. Comparison of the Mashatu's main waterhole from Oct. 2012 and after the Jan. 2013 rains.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8388/8532146785_85a373173a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8532146785/)

2.  Comparison or how the land appears in Oct. 2012 and after the Jan. 2013 rains.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8233/8533257774_bab67fb868.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8533257774/)

Super pictures   :ty
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 05, 2013, 07:30:02 PM
If you are a member on Facebook check out this link (I hope it works for you) to Mashatu Game Reserve's timeline. Some great photos of the repairs in progress, now completed. Also of various sightings.

https://www.facebook.com/MashatuGameReserve?fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/MashatuGameReserve?fref=ts)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 05, 2013, 07:45:06 PM
For those who are unable to access Mashatu's FB timeline.

Feb. 12 by Shem Compion - near the hide  :eclove
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8241/8533373030_8745226cb3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8533373030/)

Feb. 26
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8098/8533373002_173d0a9c79.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8533373002/)

Feb. 28
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8247/8533372964_e890f642b8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8533372964/)

Mar. 4 = Hide repairs completed.   :eclove that an elephant herd immediately came to check it out  :ecsmile
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8533372900_92099dc2df.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8533372900/)

TTFN for now.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 06, 2013, 07:55:42 PM
Photo taken Mar. 4 of a Long-tailed Widowbird by Dave B.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8090/8534955671_8af5a330a0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8534955671/)

Refs:
http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Long-tailed_Widowbird (http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Long-tailed_Widowbird)

http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/ploceidae/euplectes_progne.htm (http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/ploceidae/euplectes_progne.htm)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-tailed_Widowbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-tailed_Widowbird)

Mar. 6 Long tusked elephant seen at Tembe on the Africam.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8088/8536063416_021565677a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8536063416/)
Photo courtsey of Gabi H.

Mar. 6 - Malachite Sunbird
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8536063458_2300cb7969.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8536063458/)
Wild Bird Trust (of South Africa) posted this photo taken and posted by Louis Groenewald

'Wild Bird Trust' on FB has some absolutely beautiful photos of birds.

Refs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malachite_Sunbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malachite_Sunbird)

http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/nectariniidae/nectarinia_famosa.htm (http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/nectariniidae/nectarinia_famosa.htm)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 06, 2013, 08:10:30 PM
Mar. 6 Cheetah Plains saw a lioness carrying her very young cub - beautiful  :eclove

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8534955705_9f4dc1952a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8534955705/)

And Justin Glanville's (Field Guide) blog from Mar. 7 about the 'Nkuhuma Pride and Their Cubs'.   (http://www.cheetahplains.com/news/entry/fieldguide-favourites-nkahuma-pride-and-their-cubs)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8535026489_b2599eb795.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8535026489/)

:ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 06, 2013, 08:28:35 PM
Feb. 17 - 23 sightings included:

Xivambalana
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8517/8536140840_5851542ee9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8536140840/)

And also in the  Blog for that week pictures of the male Tingana, Salayexe, elephants and cheetahs. (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/03/)

Feb. 26
'Thandi' (Saseka) and her two girls walked past the vehicle.   She sure is her Mother's daughter bringing the cubs up close.  :eclove

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QFyKCJh1kk

That's all for now.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 10, 2013, 12:35:23 PM
In the past 24 hours on FB - Mvula vs. Male Tingana


Quote
OH OH

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge

The battle is on! This morning we found Mvula's tracks inside the camp. The air was quite pungent with the smell of leopard scent marks. He was obviously trying to prove a point as he was calling the whole night and most part of the morning. At first we did not understand what was going on, but then we saw the tracks of another male leopard. Mvula was making his way straight towards the west, where we know that Tingana is the dominant male. Tingana had a bit of a scuff with Lamula not to long ago and maybe he has now taken Lamula's territory. Eventually it got too hot for Mvula to continue and he retired to a shady spot. We left him there whilst we also returned to the lodge for some shade and relaxation. This evening we found Tingana clearly moving around in Mvula's territory. Every now and then he would stop and smell the ground. What was quite interesting was that where Mvula was very vocal, Tingana did his best to not make a sound. Even when we could hear another leopard calling in the distance did he not utter a sound. When he moved into thick bush we decided to leave him in peace for the evening. If he continued in the same direction he was going it would not take him long to get to the spot where Mvula was resting this morning. Now all we can do is wait for the morning to try and find the tracks of either one of them and see which one we can find first.

Seeing as how both of them are contenders for the role of the father to Karula's latest litter, lets' hope they don't fight and that Karula continues to keeep her two cubs tucked away.

 :puzzled2
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 10, 2013, 01:22:15 PM
March 7 photo posted by Dave B. I believe he was still in Kruger National Park when he took this ??

Red-breasted Swallow
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8100/8545211035_b90d8f8483.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8545211035/)

Refs:
http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/hirundinidae/hirundo_semirufa.htm (http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/hirundinidae/hirundo_semirufa.htm)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-breasted_Swallow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-breasted_Swallow)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on March 18, 2013, 06:34:08 PM
Posted March 14 from Motswari Blog

http://motswariblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/14th-march-hello-helloand-some-sad-good.html (http://motswariblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/14th-march-hello-helloand-some-sad-good.html)

Some great leopard pics from Chad Cocking and a note that Siphiwie passed away. Is it the same Siphiwie from WE Safari days?
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 19, 2013, 11:04:17 AM
Thanks Beth for the link. Some great photos by Chad.

I don't think that is the Siphewe from WE. She was younger than 38 (I think) and it doesn't look like her.  The blog said that 'Siphiwie' had worked at Motswari for the last 17 years. She was one of their housekeeeping staff.


Before I head I'll have a quick look for a photo of WildEarth's Siphiwe.

11:25 a.m. Found the WE info re Siphiwe.  http://www.wildearth.tv/siphiwe-mnisi-director (http://www.wildearth.tv/siphiwe-mnisi-director)

Photo from the last WE drive in Nov. 2011.  The two ladies do not look alike.  Last names are different. (I cropped photo to exclude her youngest child at that time.  
 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8233/8572788042_923c1172c3_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8572788042/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 19, 2013, 11:19:03 AM
I also have photos of Karula (seen today by Cheetah Plains) and one of Shadow's (Tingana) cubs from yesterday or today.

I'll post them later, on my return from lunch and a movie.

 :eclove   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 19, 2013, 08:19:57 PM
Lunch and the movie with a good friend of many years were both enjoyable.  :ecsmile

As promised:
1. Cheetah Plains posted these two photos of Karula on Mar. 19. I think they were taken a one or two days before that. No mention of her cubs. My captions are what was posted with the photos.

La Diva "having a quiet moment".  :eclove
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8391/8573959078_a955e70f2f_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8573959078/)

"Having cubs is exhausting"
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8366/8573959050_351ec3d842_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8573959050/)


2.  These three photos are of one of Shadow's (Tingana) cubs (and a spider) were taken by Bob Cooper. I am not sure where he took the photos. he and his wife were on Arathusa last month.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8573959118_2376a09051_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8573959118/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8229/8573959138_4e040d1907_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8573959138/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8573959160_80a23c6878_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8573959160/)

:ty to Arathusa and Bob. C.

:wub
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 19, 2013, 11:21:46 PM
Female leopard Salayexe, who with her daughter is frequently seen around Elephant Plains.

Posted March 18 by EP's ranger, Dawie Jacobs

https://www.facebook.com/notes/elephant-plains-game-lodge/the-life-of-salayexe-the-female-leopard/487101194685862 (https://www.facebook.com/notes/elephant-plains-game-lodge/the-life-of-salayexe-the-female-leopard/487101194685862)

Yea, I finally figured out how to post a link from FB notes etc.  :nod2

The 'Tingana' referred to is the large male Tingana (who has been busy with several females in the past year), who might be the father of Karula's latest cubs question   But most bets are on Mvula being their Dad.

The notes also clear up the question as to whether Salayexe had one or two cubs in 2012.  Two cubs were born on on June 28, 2012. One, a female who we see her with her. The second cub (sex not known) disappeared late Aug./ early Sept. 2012 and was presumed to have been killed.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8573218589_4c5d701df7_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8573218589/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 19, 2013, 11:27:43 PM
In case you have difficulty opening the link in the previous post, this is the note from Dawie Jacobs. Copying it also inserts the text in original paragraphs.

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The life of Salayexe, the female leopard.
by Elephant Plains Game Lodge (Notes) on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7:53am...

Those of you who regularly view our weekly sightings and newsletter, will certainly know this special female leopard.  Salayexe is one of our resident female leopards who was born during February 2005. We often see her close to the camp and the surrounding areas. Salayexe means “the lone one". She was given her name short after she left her mother, Saseka.  Salayexe was raised alone as her sibling died a few weeks after they were born. She was familiar with the area she grew up in and as she got older, felt confident enough to protect it as her territory. Depending on the amount of female cubs a mother has, she will allow these cubs to have their own territory in close proximity to hers. Sometimes the mother’s territory might shrink to accommodate her daughters. In some cases the mother could move her territory to a new area and this is what happened to Salayexe; she pushed her own mother to the west and took over her mother’s territory. Saseka died about a year after she moved to the western side of the reserve in 2009.
 
Salayexe's father was Mafufunyana and he was our dominant male at that time of Salayexe`s birth. As dominant males get older, younger and stronger males would dominate them. They either chase them out or might even kill them. The latter not happening to often because they would rather flee than lose their life. Mafufunyana got chased out of his territory in 2009 by Tyson, and eventually in 2011 he was declared dead. Tyson became the new dominant male of this area and fathered three of Salayexe's litters. In 2008 one litter was born but we never got to know any of these cubs. Her 2nd litter was born early in 2009 and comprised of one male cub, Rhulani, and one female cub, Nsele. We sometimes see Nsele around our western boundary but we are not sure where exactly Rhulani is. We believe Nsele has taken the spot of Saseka, her grandmother, in the west. Salayexe's 3rd litter was born around Jan/Feb 2011 but they were sadly killed by Tingana when he became the new dominant male in 2011.
 
So far, Tingana has had 2 litters with Salayexe. The 1st litter was born in Dec 2011 but unfortunately they died soon after during the floods we had in Jan 2012. The second litter was born 28th of June 2012, there were  little cubs, one female, but we are not sure if the other cub was male or female because he or she disappeared, probably killed by some predator. The other cub is still with Salayexe and will be about 9 months old by the end of March.
 
We often see Salayexe and her cub together. The cub is extremely brave and already made her first kill. Although Salayexe has only raised 2 cubs to adulthood, she is a good mother and now teaching her female cub all the ins and outs of how to survive in the harsh bushveld. If you get to visit us in the next 8 months or so you might be lucky enough to witness the cub practicing the lessons of life her mother thought her. I hope you found this article about Salayexe informative. For our weekly updated sightings, visit our Big 5 blog at http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/ (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/)
 
EP ranger
 
Dawie Jacobs

 :ty
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 26, 2013, 06:42:14 PM
Elephant Plains Game Lodge (EPGL) has had som cool sightings this week.

Salayexe's cub (not really a 'cub' anymore and requires a name  :ecwink) has been seen on a few occasions.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8098/8593122143_946a10624d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8593122143/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8376/8593119535_ef91c5eb82.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8593119535/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8231/8594250380_4c39bca4f3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8594250380/)

Wilddogs were also seen (1) playing and (2) chasing a 'Tawny eagle' (I can't recall seeing one in flight so clearly).
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8593119499_7a45c50559.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8593119499/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8241/8593119591_51e1051fdf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8593119591/)

All the photos from EPGL were taken by Dawie Jacobs.

 :thumbup:


Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on March 30, 2013, 10:51:03 PM
Found one more awesome photo for you  :nod2

This incredible photo of the 'Nkuhuma Pride' was taken by Andrew Schoeman on Mar. 20, 2013.
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The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions in the Manyeleti game reserve slaking their thirst after feeding on a Zebra, it was a real treat to see all the cubs drinking and interacting with each other, photographed at Tintswalo Lodge.

Posted on ODP (OutDoorPhoto) at:
http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=333720&title=thirsty-cubs&cat=517 (http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=333720&title=thirsty-cubs&cat=517)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8109/8604457973_f50327955a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8604457973/)
Nkuhuma Pride, by Andrew Schoeman (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8604457973/#)


 :offtobed    :sleeping
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 10, 2013, 06:50:18 PM
April 8 posted on FB from Simbambili Game Lodge

By - Field guide, Pierre Mouton  

Photos of Salayexe and Cub tribute.
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Salayexe "training" her cub to be the "Hunter" she would need to be one day. Field Guide : Pierre Mouton

Two of many photos:
1.
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She was treed by mother here. Not only must she be able to Fight but also "Flight".
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8104/8638283889_65b752ed17.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8638283889/)
Apr. 8 Salayexe and Cub (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8638283889/#) BBE

2.
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......Endurance.......
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8121/8638283903_c982fd95ff.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8638283903/)
Apr. 8 Salayexe and Cub (2) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8638283903/#) BBE

To view all the photos by Pierre, go to the link and then click on each photo to see his description.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.295458890585173.1073741828.187389121392151&type=1 (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.295458890585173.1073741828.187389121392151&type=1)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 10, 2013, 07:06:29 PM
April 8 - From Elephant Plains

Taken at Elephant Plains, on Apr. 8, by Louis Liversage.

Shadow and her two girls.
 (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8639411482_0e043e6a27.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8639411482/)
Apr. 8 - Shadow's two cubs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8639411482/#) BBE

 :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 13, 2013, 09:47:24 AM
April 11, from Simbambili Game Lodge

Richard Sachse (their field guide) met up with Shadow (Tingana) and her cubs - this is what happened:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8646111232_599eb51b40.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8646111232/)
Apr. 11 - One of Shadow's cubs in tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8646111232/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 21, 2013, 12:47:06 PM
The night of April 16 / 17th at Nkorho Bush Lodge.

Karin van der Merwe of Nkorho Bush Lodge took both thes photos of large male leopard Mvula (presumed father of Karula's latest cubs).

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8387/8669558282_e14da1d993_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8669558282/)
Apr. 17 Mvula at Nkorho (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8669558282/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8390/8669558262_6078fbca70_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8669558262/)
Apr. 16  Mvula at Nkorho (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8669558262/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

One handsome leopard  :nod2
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 21, 2013, 01:05:26 PM
April 18- Shadow and her daughters.

Taken by Chad deWet of Nkorho Bush Lodge.  Chad had posted the photo on the Nkorho FB page. A discussion followed as to whether it was taken there or not. After a lengthy discussion the photo was taken at either Arathusa or Simbambili area.  

All vehicles have traversing rights to the entire Sabi Sands area.  Therefore a ranger/guide from a lodge may / will take photos of what they see in another area on their drive.  Naturally he will post the photo(s) FB from his lodge's FB page.  So, unless he indicates in his post that they saw the animal while on a drive through - - - - we take it that the photo was taken on ranger/ guides area.

Taken by Chad from Nkorho Bush Lodge, but it was taken on drive through Arathusa or Simbambili.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8404/8669631138_5f1267b8fd_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8669631138/)
Apr. 18 Shadow and daughters.  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8669631138/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Beautiful Mum and daughters.  :eclove
Title: Re: From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on April 21, 2013, 02:09:49 PM
Arathusa Blog posted April 19

For the week of March 31- April 6, 2013 HERE. (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/04/rangers-diary-31-march-6-april-2013/)

Tuesday, April 1:
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It didn’t take us long to locate one of our female leopards, Shadow, and her two cubs. They were nonchalantly walking along the road and playing. However, a hyena arrived out of nowhere and all three leopards shot up a fallen Marula tree. We stayed awhile and got some awesome pictures of the three of them before they moved on.

 As we got down into a drainage line we found Shadow’s litter mate, Thandi, with a female impala she had just killed. We watched as she dragged it across the road right in front of us, but then she disappeared into thick vegetation where we could not follow. Talk about being in the right place at exactly the right time!

 Not far down the road we found Karula walking away, obviously on her way to fetch her two male cubs. We stayed with her for a long time as the cubs were obviously quite far away. But we were rewarded for our patience when she eventually stopped and started contact calling, and we witnessed the two little ones coming out to join her.

Wednesday, April 3:
Thandi (Saseka)with an impala kill on Wed. April 3, 2013.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8257/8670011508_e0e905bbd8_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8670011508/)
April 3 - Arathusa - Thandi - Impala kill  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8670011508/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

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While watching the wild dogs we heard on the radio that a female leopard had just killed a kudu calf, so we set off to see what was going on. As we arrived at the sighting there was a herd of elephant and at the top of a bare Marula tree, Mvula, a large male leopard, was feeding on a carcass. Along with the chaos of the elephants trumpeting at the sight of Mvula, we could see Karula, the female leopard, and her two small cubs walking off into the distance to get as far away from them as possible.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 24, 2013, 12:56:25 AM
When we moved news and photos from Mashatu Game Reserve into this topic I didn't edit the title from 'Sights and News from Other Game Reserves in Sabi Sands'. Also to make it easier for people reading in this area I didn't include general information about Mashatu.

Both have now been done in this post in this topic at: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg123519#msg123519 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg123519#msg123519)

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 24, 2013, 03:12:31 PM
Should you come across any posts in this topic with the words  #Invalid YouTube Link# would you please send me a PM with link to the post and I will fix it.

That has happened because when I posted was before we removed then replaced the icon in posting area.

Many thanks :ecsmile
Title: Re: From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on April 25, 2013, 09:27:23 PM
Ranger's Diary posted April 25, for the time period April 7 - 13th.
 http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/04/rangers-diary-7-13-april-2013/

Tues. April 9
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Tuesday, 
This morning we enjoyed incredible leopard viewing.  We had heard on the radio that Salayexe and her cubs had been found, so we went off to watch mom and daughters who turned out to be full of energy. They were climbing up and down trees and stalking one another.
 
We then heard on the radio that Karula and her two small cubs had been spotted, so we rushed off to see them. It was particularly special to see the little ones – still tiny and very curious about the vehicles – which gave our guests a great viewing experience.
Note: Salayexe only has one daughter.

Thurs. Apr. 11
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This morning we heard Vervet monkeys alarm calling outside the lodge, so we immediately investigated and found Shadow with her two cubs. We followed them and observed the two cubs jumping around while Shadow kept a good look out for danger (hyena could be heard calling in the distance).
 
After leaving that sighting we found Saleyexe with her cub, but didn’t spend too long with them as they went into some thick bush which made it difficult to follow them.
Got it correct this time  :nod2

Fri. Apr. 12 Salayexe and cub seen again.

Sat. Apr. 13   :woohoo2  :wub
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This morning was a fairly quiet one, but we did manage one awesome sighting. After some tough tracking, we eventually managed to find one of our female leopards, Karula, and her two cubs. The three of them were strolling along the road and eventually moved off towards a fallen tree. This was when things got interesting as we watched the three run up and down chasing each other. Then a full wrestling match ensued with the two little boys trying to wrestle their mother to the ground, but with little success. We eventually left the small family as Karula led them down into a cool drainage line as the morning was heating up.

 :ecsad no photos of Karula and her cubs.

The leopards in the photos have not been named. This photo is posted after Tuesday notes. I think it is Salayexe's daughter.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8681724591_ae991fc32b_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8681724591/)
Apr. 9 - Maybe Salayexe's daughter  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8681724591/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :thumbup:

Title: Re: From Elephant Plains Lodge
Post by: BBE on April 25, 2013, 09:43:14 PM
Big 5 Sightings - 15 to 21 April, 2013.   Posted by 'Marlet' on April 25,2013

http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/04/big-5-sightings-15-to-21-april-2013/ (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/04/big-5-sightings-15-to-21-april-2013/)

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The Big 5 highlight of the week was to have one of the Majingi male lions and two lionesses of the Tsalala pride resting at Big Dam.
 They look healthy.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8258/8681777377_7ece0427ec_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8681777377/)
Apr. 15 at Elephant Plains Lodge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8681777377/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Other sightings included Salayexe and cub, Styx lion pride, elephants, Shadow and her daughtes, and - - - - - - -  Xivambalana. :thumbup:  but no photo  :ecsad

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8546/8682827234_a576ddd97a_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8682827234/)
Elephant bull by Morne Fouche (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8682827234/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Bye for now.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on April 27, 2013, 10:49:05 AM
April 26 Eve (CAT) at Mashatu Game Reserve

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8114/8685685099_da02dd5a14_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8685685099/)
Apr. 26 - Goes with C4 Image (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8685685099/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Click on this thumbnail view for super and large photo:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8124/8685685079_e5fb7d240f_t.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8685685079/)
Apr. 26 CAT - C4 Image Sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8685685079/#)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: From Elephant Plains Lodge (EPL)
Post by: BBE on April 29, 2013, 10:10:02 AM
April 24

Louis Liversage (of EPL) posted this beautiful photo of 'Salayexe' (female leopard) out for a stroll  :eclove

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8114/8692405089_d83bd23666_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8692405089/)
Apr. 24 Salayexe at EPL (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8692405089/#)

 :heart
Title: Re: From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on April 29, 2013, 04:41:49 PM
Sorry, I only just found this wonderful set of photos from April 21

Karin van der Merwe has been at Nkorho for many years. I always like her photos.  :nod2  :eclove

This set is of Thandi (Saseka) and her two daughters. See Note Below

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8264/8694604398_e83fae9524_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8694604398/)
Apr. 21 Thandi (Saseka) and daughters (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8694604398/#)

If you are a member of the Nkorho Bush Lodge page on FB you should be able enlarge each photo at this link
https://www.facebook.com/groups/13451629919/10151554221484920/?notif_t=group_comment_reply/photo.php?fbid=10201125881297553&set=oa.10151554221489920&type (https://www.facebook.com/groups/13451629919/10151554221484920/?notif_t=group_comment_reply/photo.php?fbid=10201125881297553&set=oa.10151554221489920&type)

OR change it to 'http'.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/13451629919/10151554221484920/?notif_t=group_comment_reply/photo.php?fbid=10201125881297553&set=oa.10151554221489920&type (http://www.facebook.com/groups/13451629919/10151554221484920/?notif_t=group_comment_reply/photo.php?fbid=10201125881297553&set=oa.10151554221489920&type)

 :ecsmile

NOTE:  May 5 - Karin posted to say that Thandi's offspring are one male and one female.  I would swear one of the reserves said two females.  :blush
Title: Re: From Chitwa Chitwa
Post by: BBE on April 30, 2013, 09:01:11 PM
In the past few days - - - -

Handsome Xivambalana was photographed by 'Tania' and it was in the Chitwa Chitwa area.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8408/8696913825_61bcd76984.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8696913825/)
April - Xivambalana at Chitwa Chitwa (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8696913825/#)

 :eclove
Title: Re: From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on April 30, 2013, 09:24:51 PM
April 30

I have not been keeping abreast of blogs from Londolozi Game Reserve for a couple of months.

The link to this one was posted today on FB:
  TheTsalala Pride: Back Down to 3 Members?   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/04/the-tsalala-pride-back-down-to-3-members/)

I did post sometime way back that they had lost several members, but now it appears others haven't been seen.

This is one of several photos posted in the blog by James Tyrell.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8549/8696962185_c4dd6240b4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8696962185/)
Apr. 30 Blog - Tsalala Pride by James Tyrell (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8696962185/#)

 :ecsad
Title: Re: From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on May 06, 2013, 12:41:18 AM
On May 2 Karin van der Merve at Nkorho posted a short video of Thandi (Saseka) out for a stroll with her two cubs.
I recall reading recently that both cubs were girls. Not so- Karin saw the cubs quite clearly and one was 'definitely male'.
Unfortunately yhe video is only on Facebook - so whether you will be able to see the video or not  :question

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201206742159024 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201206742159024)


On May 6 (CAT) Karin posted 4 stills from the video.  Like all of Karula's children and now grandchildren the cubs are adorable.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8274/8712404343_9620346abd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8712404343/)
1. Nkorho - Sign and one leopard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8712404343/#)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8559/8712404367_5c26d1a6ec.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8712404367/)
2. Nkorho - Out for a stroll (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8712404367/#)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8404/8712404381_3faf103e1e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8712404381/)
3. Nkorho - Thandi (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8712404381/#)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8128/8712404395_199c139028.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8712404395/)
4. Nkorho - Thandi and her cubs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8712404395/#)

 :eclove
Title: Re: News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on May 06, 2013, 06:57:01 PM
Sad news from Elephants Plains.  HERE.   (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/05/rangers-report-april-2013/)

 
Xivambalana has killed Ntima's cub. If not careful he is going to run into trouble with the other male leopards.
:(

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Leopards:
With all the amazing leopard sightings we were once again spoiled rotten, but with all the excitement there was also a very sad day. Xivambalana, the sub-adult male leopard and son of Kurula from her previous litter, killed Ntima’s little cub. We are unsure of how many cubs Ntima actually had, but my heart goes out to this old lady as she once again lost all her cubs. It just shows you how tough nature can sometimes be.

Kurula is still off the radar and all that we can do is to be patient and wait for her to come and show us her new bundles of joy. Mvula, the big male from the east, is pushing west into Tingana’s territory. In this process he is also pushing all the young males out of his turf into Tingana’s turf. Xivambalana, Kurula’s son from her previous litter, is getting pushed more west, as well as Lamula.

Mvula
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7286/8715340871_85b3e4dafb_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8715340871/)
EP in early May - Mvula (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8715340871/#)

 :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 07, 2013, 12:54:09 PM
Elephant Plains sightings list April 28 - May 5.   HERE.   (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/05/big-5-sightings-28-april-05-may-2013/)

Some sightings included Salayexe, Shadow (female Tingana) a few times they also saw 'BB' the tailess lioness of the Tsalala Pride, Ellies, and an unknown male leopard, as well as the female leopard Moya and the male Lamula.

And they also saw:
Wild Dogs
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7453/8718675838_2a30a7b16d_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8718675838/)
Wild dogs on EPGL drive (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8718675838/#)

A beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7372/8718675826_4e3935f77e_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8718675826/)
Lilac-breasted Roller on EPGL drive (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8718675826/#)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 09, 2013, 09:01:57 AM
Good morning,

Beth sent me a message asking if she had posted about a
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plane crash that killed the owner of Lion Sands and three others? including a Pretorius?  


I have double checked posts in this area and the post doesn't appear to be there. I have searched to see what news is on the internet.

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CEO of top game reserve killed in chopper crash
2013-04-23 18:27

4 dead in Mpumalanga chopper crash
Helicopter wreckage found in Mpumalanga

Cape Town - One of the occupants of the helicopter which crashed in Mpumalanga on Tuesday has been identified as Nick More, the CEO of Lion Sands Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands, a report said.

According to the Lowvelder website, More, who owned the aircraft, had been piloting the helicopter when it crashed, killing all four occupants.

The three passengers have been identified as Pierre de Villiers, Lance Cooper and Elmarie Martens, the website said.

Rest of the story at http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/CEO-of-top-game-reserve-killed-in-chopper-crash-20130423 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/CEO-of-top-game-reserve-killed-in-chopper-crash-20130423)
I recognize the name Pierre de Villers, but in what context ?

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Lodge owner dies in helicopter crash
2013-04-24 08:43
Johannesburg - Nicholas More, co-owner and CEO of Lion Sands game lodge in Sabi Sand reserve was one of the victims in Tuesday's deadly helicopter crash in Mpumalanga, the lodge confirmed.

He was one of four people that were killed their helicopter crashed between Nelspruit and Lydenburg, paramedics said on Tuesday.

Tourism Update reports that More (45) was piloting the aircraft en route to Johannesburg for a 10:00 business meeting. There were no survivors.

When he failed to arrive at Midrand's Grand Central airport urgent calls established that the aircraft was missing.

More of the story at http://www.news24.com/Travel/South-Africa/Lodge-owner-dies-in-helicopter-crash-20130424 (http://www.news24.com/Travel/South-Africa/Lodge-owner-dies-in-helicopter-crash-20130424)


 :eccry The three people mentioned leave behind family members including 8 children.  
More info at http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/lowveld/lowveld-news-general?oid=7289495&sn=Detail&pid=490165&Helicopter-crashes--four-confirmed-dead (http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/lowveld/lowveld-news-general?oid=7289495&sn=Detail&pid=490165&Helicopter-crashes--four-confirmed-dead)

The name Pretorious is not in any of the reports. it is a very common surname in South Africa.

Mr. More and the others will be sadly missed - so tragic.  Our condolences to all affected by this tragedy.

 :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: emc on May 09, 2013, 02:22:00 PM
Pierre de Villers is the one I was trying to remember and was trying to find the article again. I had tried to post here originally, but had internet problems and gave up.

I haven't been able to find anything more on this person to see who he is and why he seems familiar and if the one who was killed was the one we knew. Confusing yet?
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 09, 2013, 08:02:19 PM
Hi Beth, I just tried to look for Pierre de Villiers on Google and also Facebook. Many folks with that name on both.   I also searched on this forum; only post with that name is my previous post.

I vaguely recall he might be a photographer? Someone, but who on FB might know.

I checked out Lion Sands FB timeline and there are a few posts about Nick More. And Lions Sands website only has info about Nick and his brother re start up of the area.  http://www.lionsands.com/welcome.asp (http://www.lionsands.com/welcome.asp)

I will be away again tomorrow and part of Sat.

Title: Re:From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2013, 10:22:42 AM
May 12 Afternoon Drive at Cheetah Plains: Thandi

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/8734932497_c7b8f064e6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8734932497/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/8734932513_98d43c3099.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8734932513/)

Thank you Andrew  :eclove
Title: Re: From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2013, 09:55:54 PM
Weekly sightings May 6 -12;  HERE.   (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/05/big-5-sightings-06-12-may-2013/)

Sightings included a large breeding herd of ellies (as well as several smaller ones), leopards included Salayexe and her daughter, Lamula, and Male Tingana. Lion sightings included the Styx Pride, Majingi males, and one or three of the Tsalalas; and Wild Dogs.

A very busy week  :nod2

One of Thandi's cubs
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7286/8736596329_859f92c9c5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8736596329/)
Thandi-cub by Morné Fouche (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8736596329/#)

Majingi Males: by Devon Becker.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7283/8736596353_97e959074a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8736596353/)
Majingi male lions  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8736596353/#)

Beautiful Sunset by Morne Fouche
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7288/8736596373_423c18f1a0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8736596373/)
Beautiful Sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8736596373/#)

 :offtobed
Title: Re: From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on May 17, 2013, 10:06:38 AM
A guest at Nkorho Bush Lodge (Tanya K.) posted these photos today.  It appears from a brief note elsewhere that the leopards Ntima and Mvula, as well as Thandi and her cubs were seen. Also a beautiful cheetah and Wildebeest. No comment with each picture so name is based on notes I read for May.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8253/8747086907_4f6d399b2c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747086907/)
Maybe Ntima and Mvula? or not. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747086907/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7298/8747086931_178a6b533b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747086931/)
No indication as to who? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747086931/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8535/8747086953_cc9bbd33f4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747086953/)
Wildbeest (Gnu)  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747086953/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8543/8747086981_66a3d4d960.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747086981/)
Not sure which one ?  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747086981/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8266/8747095095_dc0206713d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747095095/)
Thandi at base of a termite mound  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747095095/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8136/8747095119_376e763c10.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747095119/)
Beautiful Cheetah  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747095119/)

Lucky guest, such great drives.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on May 17, 2013, 10:18:44 AM
May 17 Karula and some Wilddogs were seen on Cheetah Plains in Sabi Sands. Karula is obviosly quite at home here.  :eclove

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/8747149781_90d0a2bd33.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747149781/)
May 17 Karula on morning drive at Cheetah Plains - Karula (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747149781/#)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8136/8747149799_1176283b86.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747149799/)
May 17 on morning drive at Cheetah Plains - Wild dogs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8747149799/#)

A busy day at reserves.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: From Elephant Plains Lodge
Post by: BBE on May 21, 2013, 12:08:26 AM
Yikes - Flickr has made a change to program. I hope I manage to post photos.   :puzzled2

EPL has posted a list of the sightings for May 13 - 19th. Leopards our three faves were seen = Shadow (female Tingana),  her sister Saseka (Thandi), and Salayexe.

http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/05/big-5-sightings-13-to-19-may-2013/ (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/05/big-5-sightings-13-to-19-may-2013/)

Several minutes later and I think I have figured out to get a photo to paste here.  The process is a little convoluted  :nod2  :mgritted

Salayexe and her daughter playing in a tree:
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2844/8763531940_3b59a40444.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763531940/)
May 13 - Salayexe and her cub playing  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763531940/#)

Saseka:
Takes a rest and us maybe keeping an eye on one of her children?
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8556/8763532020_96a8d19891.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763532020/)
May - (week of 13th) - Thandi (Saseka) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763532020/#)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8549/8763531968_83396712c3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763531968/)
 May 13 - Thandi's cub  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763531968/#)

Shadow (Tingana):
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/8763532162_c0cca06e21.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763532162/)
May 20 - Info re 'Shadow'  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763532162/#)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3811/8763532086_7ce57ba340.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763532086/)
May 18 Shadow (Tingana)  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763532086/#)

One of Shadow's cubs:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8404/8763532118_7134c35506.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763532118/)
May 20 - One of Shadow's cubs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8763532118/#)

I certainly need more practice on the changed Flickr system.

 :puzzled2
 
Title: Re: From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on May 21, 2013, 07:54:09 PM
May 21 sightings

Wild Dog taken by Andre Schoeman.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/8779211336_628c7a33fe.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8779211336/)
May 21 - Wild dog by Andre Schoeman  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8779211336/#)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 22, 2013, 08:01:31 PM
May 22 - Awesome photo from Cheetah Plains

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7441/8786057047_215a937de1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8786057047/)
May 22 - Cheetah Plains 1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8786057047/#)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7382/8786057083_c24721ee93.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8786057083/)
May 22 Cheetah Plains 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8786057083/#)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Discussion about Leopard Behaviour re killing Cubs
Post by: BBE on May 22, 2013, 09:07:33 PM
This discusssion took place after Nkorho Bush Lodges comment May 21 and 22 on the Djuma Djunkies group. This was predicated Xivambalana's recent action of killing Ntima's cub.  :ecsad  which I posted  HERE.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg132113#msg132113)

May 21 Comments about Male Leopards and Behaviour Toward Cubs etc.

Nkorho Bush Lodge
 20th May 2013 Evening - Thandi and cub (Female leopard) close to our lodge in the gully. We can only see the one cub (the young female) with Thandi but no sign of the other cub. - Xivambalane (young male leopard) Busy feeding on a male impala. - Styx pride (lions) Resti...

Beverly P. C. OMGoodness...Xivam wouldn't eat Thandi's cub too, would he? Well, sure, he probably would, but pray he hasn't....

Elin F. Thanks Bbe! I'd hope Xivambalana behaves himself and respects his lineage since Thandi is his half-sister. Of course I don't know if it works that way in the leopard world. Praying....

Wanda B they found Thandi's other cub..so both are ok.

Rudolf K. It's good to know that both cubs are fine. Elin, I think this is not how it works in the leopard world. He will kill Thandis cubs for sure, when he will get the chance...maybe even Karulas..  
    Xivambalana and Ntima are even a bit related. With Tjololo, Ntima and Muffy had the same father.
    That young males are really dangerous for all the cubs and as much as I love Mvula, I am really "disappointed" for his lack of action against that threat. Mvula battle a tank like Tingana, left Lamula a scar in his face that he will keep for the rest of his life, and, and, and,.. He is almost twice the size of the boys but let them do what they want, and even acts like a little pu...against them..
   There where 6 cubs in the area.. it is down to 5 with Ntimas loss. I hope there will not more follow until he takes this serious instead letting out his aggression to the females...  
   Nature or not, a dominant male should be able to protect his cubs, especially against teenagers. It is sad that the young boys have to leave the area they are born, but I hope they will do, before more will happen. To a cub or to them..
Ok, I realize that I wrote almost the same a while ago. Please excuse that I am repeating myself..

   Elin F. Thanks for all that info, Rudolf! With all that said, I'm wondering where Wabayiza might be. Do you or anyone else know if he has been seen recently? Such a gorgeous boy.

Rudolf K. You're welcome Elin.
Wabayiza is at Nkorho. Chad (the Ranger) wrote, that he and Thandi where fighting for about 3 hours this evening..and no sign of her cubs.. But little Thandi gave him a nice beating, what Mvula refuse to do, but hopefully in time.. Mvula, that idiot rather run away from such a little boy. What is insane.. I can`t get it into my brain, why a male with such a stature, experience and strengh like Mvula do that..(and fight battle Tanks like Tingana or Lamula at the other side).. Fear, no, I can`t believe that. More choosing the wrong importance. I am really dissapointed of that behaviour of Mvula..

Rosie St L. Rudi Chad said that Xivambalana and Thandi were fighting, not Wabayiza.
 
Elin F. Yep Rosie and Rudolf, I'm reading on Chad's page right now and was just saying the same thing. So where oh where is Wabayiza? Hmmm

Elin F. BTW, I haven't seen any of them next to each other but if I remember correctly, Xivambalana is a big boy and probably still growing. Young, big and strong.

Rosie St L. They say that Mvula is the biggest, some guides have even said that he is the biggest they've seen.

Bbe Richmond Rudolf, thank you so much for the information about the male leopards.

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 23, 2013, 06:51:19 PM
An elephant has been poached on Tembe Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in South Africa.

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1316.msg132907#msg132907 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1316.msg132907#msg132907)

 :ecsad
Title: Re: From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on May 24, 2013, 10:53:24 AM
Arathusa's blog for April 21 - 27, 2013

Please note:this blog was not posted until May. 24.

Ellies swimming started the week  :eclove
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2820/8805272761_a9674fef3e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8805272761/)
April 21 - Arathusa - Elephants swimming by Suzan Simoneau (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8805272761/#)

They saw breeding herds of ellies on /off all week - including several 'newbys'.  Sightings also included giraffe, zebras, wild dogs, leopards including Mvula, Ntima, Wabayiza, and Xivambalana.

Life in the bush is not always filled with happy events / sightings. They were visibly made aware of the unfortunate interaction and outcome between Xivambalana and Ntima.  The death of Ntima's last cub.  It is this action which prompted all the discussion about male leopards and their behavior.  I posted about this two posts above this one.

Warning: while the report does not go into graphic, those with sensitive feelings / stomachs may choose not to read the following quote.

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Sunday

This morning we were eager to get out after all the rain yesterday. Our first sighting was of a herd of elephants. As we were driving, we came across the male leopard, Xivambalana. He was walking in circles, sniffing as he went – we can only surmise that he was on the trail of something. We were following him when we suddenly noticed the female leopard, Ntima, nearby. As the male approached her, she growled and snarled viciously at him, before disappearing into a thicket. Since she behaved so aggressively towards the young male, we assumed that her cub may be nearby – and we were right. When we saw a cub with her, there was much excitement. However it was short lived – the cub was dead. The young male must have found her young one and killed it. We decided to leave the scene with Ntima growling at Xivambalana, while guarding the carcass of her young cub.
 
The afternoon drive  began with a sighting of a large herd of elephants. We then drove off in the hope of finding Ntima and Xivambalana again. There was no sign of them or the carcass of the cub. After a time we came across Xivamabalana on patrol, and followed him for a while. Suddenly he broke into a run, and we followed. He had noticed another male – Wabayiza – close by. The two young males then engaged in typical territorial behaviour, walking side-by-side and growling at one another. They then began scent marking, making it obvious that they both want to claim that particular territory. This was interesting behaviour, especially since the male, Mvula, is still dominant in that area and neither of these young males have much of a chance of challenging him for it.

 :ecsad
Title: Re: From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on May 24, 2013, 10:54:42 AM
Today was Ryan Johnston's last day with the Lodge. He has been a Ranger at the Lodge for the past six years. In his last blog he did not indicate what his plans are.

Over the years in the blogs he has shared a wealth of information and many super photos of the wildlife. For the past three weeks he and a buddy at Arathusa have been driving around the area and for the last time shared sightings and beautiful photos of leopards and a lions with us.   (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/05/my-last-three-weeks-at-arathusa-ryan-johnston/)

All photos in this post were taken by Ryan.  :thumbup:
 
Sunrise
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3690/8805173245_821f47b493.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8805173245/)

Xivambalana
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7343/8815549248_fd32ecbd3a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8815549248/)

Mvula
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5328/8815549350_c8eb955d3e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8815549350/)

Majingilane Male- 'Hip-scar'
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7394/8815549392_0c5cd6e7c4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8815549392/)

Old Styx Lioness
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7338/8815549182_37869e4cb0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8815549182/)

Ryan, :ty so much. You will be missed, but we wish you good fortune in any new ventures.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on May 24, 2013, 11:20:20 AM
I hadn't realized how much info or so many photos to post. :ecwink

Xivambalana has been making the rounds of reserves close together; Arathusa, Cheetah Plains and Nkorho. He was seen at Nkorho sometime between May 20 - 24; where he had an impala kill.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7379/8805639185_f4d81758be.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8805639185/)
May 20 - 24 at Nkorho - Xivambalana  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8805639185/#)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on May 24, 2013, 11:46:17 AM
Video of a female leopard playing with her two cubs.  The cubs are adorable and the music is great.

I haven't been onto the Londolozi blogs for a couple of months now. I will check in there (when I have time) and see if can find out more about the this leopard and cubs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jnGD0gGl4E

 :heart
Title: Re: From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on May 24, 2013, 11:49:15 AM
Oops - forgot to post this very short video of Shadow (Thandi).

The sound is low at the very beginning. Don't turn it up too much, or you will be rocked / knocked off your 'sit upon' at the conclusion.  :eclol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv5Sp-10NyQ
Title: Re: From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on May 24, 2013, 12:36:44 PM
Trying to figure out where the cats with spots are at any given time is like 'who is on first, who is on second'.    :puzzled2

From Cheetah Plains today - a visit with Mvula and Xivambalana.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5465/8806439571_cf72796a05.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8806439571/)
May 24 from Cheetah Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8806439571/#)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 24, 2013, 12:52:29 PM
Do you need a visual of where the leopards are being seen these days? The map posted on page 1 doesn't show Cheetah Plains. Seek and ye shall find - one that does.

On the right hand side about 1.5 inches down and right to left in a row are Nkorho, Cheetah Plains, Chitwa Chitwa, Arathusa and Elephant Plains. So you can see they are very close.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/8817184556_6c6c9732d5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8817184556/)
May - Sabi Sands Map showing Cheetah Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8817184556/#)

Lunch calls.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on May 26, 2013, 01:30:36 PM
These three photos were taken by Andrew Schoeman from Elephant Plains

May 22, a sweet steenbok who stood still long enough for Andrew to take this photo; so sweet. They are quite small and extremely skittish  :nod2
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8401/8845974094_a07051c291.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8845974094/)
May 22 - EP - Steenbok (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8845974094/#)

May 23 - Andrew spotted a leopard 'out on a limb'.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/8845974158_500d5b9e83.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8845974158/)
May 23 - EP - Leopard, out on limb (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8845974158/#)

May 25 - one member of the Tsalala Pride.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7407/8845974036_b239be468c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8845974036/)
May 25 - EP - Tsalala Pride (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8845974036/#)

Andrew takes the most incredible photos. Thank you.
Title: Re: From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on May 27, 2013, 10:24:46 PM
Trying to figure out where the cats with spots are at any given time is like 'who is on first, who is on second'.    :puzzled2

From Cheetah Plains today - a visit with Mvula and Xivambalana. This is Mvula.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5465/8806439571_cf72796a05.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8806439571/)
May 24 - Mvula at Cheetah Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8806439571/#)

May 27 Cheetah Plains posted a photo of Xivambalana from his meeting on the 24th with Mvula.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8135/8863180606_1420e90a72.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8863180606/)
May 24 - Xivambalana at Cheetah Plains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8863180606/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :eclove
Title: Re: News of Mixo
Post by: BBE on May 27, 2013, 10:35:35 PM
May 27, 2013

A few days ago Rosie (one of the 'Djuma Djunkies' on FB) sent out a message to various guides / rangers etc. to ask if anyone had seen Mixo; as he has not been seen for a while.

A guide from Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge replied to say Mixo had been seen in their area earlier in May and was looking well.

The lodge is located in the area of Kruger National Park adjacent to Sabi Sands (and all its reserves etc.) and south of Manyeleti. It is #7 on this map.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2810/8863256186_6b05473065.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8863256186/)
Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8863256186/#)

No Thornybush drive again morning of May 28 CAT, and I am bushed after tracking down the leopards :eclol   so it is  :offtobed for me

G'night.
Title: Re: From WE re new cam at Tau Game Lodge
Post by: BBE on May 28, 2013, 11:03:47 AM
May 28 from WildEarth.TV

WE has announced that there is a new webcam to watch  :ecwink  Tau Game Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve.

Back in the late 1990's photos of wildlife seen at the Tau Game Lodge were posted on Africam1.

About Tau Game Lodge: Copied from the webcam site (under the photo)

Quote
WildEarth is happy to return to Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Nature Reserve in South Africa. Tau was one of the web’s original waterhole cameras more than a decade ago.
 
Times have changed and long gone are the days of 30 second refresh still cams; Tau now sports a modern video streaming cam, controlled by remote zoomies to bring you the best possible view of the waterhole in front of the lodge 24/7. With it’s night capabilities, creatures can be seen and followed 24/7.
 
The waterhole
 
The waterhole in front of the main lodge is very active throughout the day. There is abundant wildlife; herds of elephant regularly come for a drink or a bath, lion are regularly seen and a variety of other animals species including giraffe, zebra, kudu, warthog come and visit here.
 
And for those times no mammals are around the many bird species will keep you entertained. The area around the lodge boasts over 200 species!
 
Our zoomies are experts in finding all creatures, great and small.

Tau Game Lodge
 
Tau is a South African luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country.
 
27 major species of game roam this South African nature reserve, making Tau Game Lodge the ideal place for a safari holiday, offering Big 5 game safaris and bird-watching safaris.
 
Privately owned Tau Game Lodge, situated in the North West Province, can accommodate up to 60 people and offers an ideal South African conference venue as well as an idyllic wedding venue overlooking a natural waterhole.


Webcam site: http://lite.wildearth.tv/tau-game-lodge/ (http://lite.wildearth.tv/tau-game-lodge/)


Map of the Madikwe Game Reserve and Tau Game Lodge (upper left just under the smaller map)e

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7308/8869730608_1418587c1f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8869730608/)
madikwemap (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8869730608/#)
Title: Re: From Inyati Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on May 28, 2013, 09:37:26 PM
May 26 from the Inyati Game Reserve

Inyati Game Reserve is located on the far west and northern corner of Sabi Sands.
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg85718#msg85718 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg85718#msg85718)

This a posting about the Selati lions.  Some people lump them in with the Southern Pride.  This is why I was  :mconfused. There is a Southern Pride in Sabi Sands, and another on Thornybush. Not related.  

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8409/8874388285_13533cec22.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8874388285/)
May 26 - Inyati GR - Selati Male Lions (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8874388285/#)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3696/8874388297_6d4eec8585.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8874388297/)
May 26 - At Inyati GR - one the Selati male lions (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8874388297/#)

 :offtobed

Title: Re: From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on May 30, 2013, 05:50:40 PM
Arathusa Blog for May 19 - 25, 2013. Posted May 29.

Some great photos by Robin Hester. Sightings included elephants, Mvula, Ntima, Thandi (Saseka) and her daughters, Xivambalana, and Wabayiza (Thandi's older son, assumed to ne have been sired by Mvula).  HERE.    (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/05/rangers-diary-19-25-may-2013/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7365/8896154443_e461711cb5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896154443/)
May 22 - Leopard Wabayiza  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896154443/#)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2819/8896154503_420d1d3259_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896154503/)
May 24 - Tsalala lionesses x 2 with a Majingi male  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896154503/#)


Posted on Youtube May 30th by Arathusa
1. Karula with a kill up in a tree:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V08zkKyghMg

2. Xivambalana having a pedicure.  :eclol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsX7aMjfppc

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: From Cheetah Plains PGR
Post by: BBE on May 30, 2013, 06:42:49 PM
Karula and her sons were seen early on May 30 (CAT) morning - on Cheetah Plains.

The cubs are now almost 6 months old and look extremely well, as does their beautiful Mother. I am guessing it was Andrew who took the photos and kindly posted them on Cheetah Plains PGR FB page.

The cubs have very definitely inherited egens from both the beautiful Karula and aslo their big and handsome father - Mvula.  :eclove

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2865/8896991944_ae854b3a86.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896991944/)
May 30 (1) Karula and her boys (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896991944/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8136/8896991988_eda6141c77.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896991988/)
May 30 (2) Another of Karula and her sons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896991988/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8126/8896992028_3e211ef44e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896992028/)
May 30 (3) One of Karula's cubs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896992028/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/8896992466_b7d21d2b8a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896992466/)
May 30 (4) Thought to be both cubs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8896992466/)

 :wub




Title: Re: More From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on May 30, 2013, 09:09:19 PM
More from Xivambalana at Arathusa on May 30

Have you ever seen a leopard not budge when a hyena walks by?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilbQEUgKDtg

 :eclol
Title: Re: SAD NEWS - Salayexe's Daughter Has Died
Post by: BBE on June 01, 2013, 04:43:02 PM
June 1  :eccry

About 15 hours ago Chad DeWet from Nkorho Bush Lodge posted x 2 on FB:
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HEARTBROKEN!!!! Just found out my FAVORITE leopard (Salayexe's cub) was killed. We just lost the most awesome leopard ever, wasn't even like 3 days ago how watching her made my day and love watching her grow up and now she is gone!!!


And shortly after:
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Now I just pray Thandi's cubs are ok, they haven't been seen in over a week since Thandi and Xivambalane fought!!! Lost way too many younsters this year already....1 cheetah cub, 5 lion cubs, 2 leopard cubs, and 5 wild dog pups!!!

Salayexe's going to being 10 - 11 months old daughter was killed by a hyena in the Simbambili Game Lodge area. Salayexe has been spending considerable time around Elephant Plains (not far from Simbambili).  The second cub who was the cubs brother or sister was killed shortly after the birth

Salayexe has devoted her life to rearing her daughter and they used to be seen playing most of the time. Salayexe to best of my knowledge has not mated again since the cub's birth ?  Salayexe will be lost; but at least she has Thandi (Saseka) and her daughters to be with.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7323/8916783133_7fa652f056.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8916783133/)
Notice from Simbambili Game Lodge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8916783133/#)

One of Chad's many photos of the cub throughout her short life.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5468/8916782965_41da9be612.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8916782965/)
Chad's photo of the cub (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8916782965/#)

Photo by Marlet Swart of EPGL - not too long ago
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/8916783005_339fb17298.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8916783005/)
Salayexe and Cub by Marlet Swart at EPGL (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8916783005/#)

Niels Chabot (Simbambili Game Lodge) posted a collage of photos.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2893/8916783049_991508b9e0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8916783049/)
Collage of Salayexe and cub by Niels Chabot from Simbambili (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8916783049/#)

May Salayexe's beautiful, active daughter rest in pieces. Than you for being a part of our lives. She will be missed.

 :pray
Title: Re: Salayexe
Post by: BBE on June 02, 2013, 10:53:39 AM
June 2

Chad (the game ranger), at Nkorho saw Salayexe this evening (CAT ) wrote:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7409/8926256237_bf7c4fbbde.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8926256237/)
June 2 from Chad re seeing Salayexe (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8926256237/#)

He did have a real connection to her and her daughter.  :eclove
Title: Re: From Singita Game Lodge
Post by: BBE on June 03, 2013, 10:43:04 PM
June 2 from Singita Game Lodge  :ecsad

We have already learned that life in the bush is not always a happy one.  
 
This is related to a leopard we have not seen; known as the 'Ravenscourt Female Leopard' (a.k.a 'Lady' Ravenscourt).  I have heard her name and read a few posts on FB and on Londolozi blogs.  

Yesterday this beautiful and caring Mother lost her life trying to protect her young offspring.  Over the years she lost two, if not three offspring as the result of untoward events. It is my understanding that for many months Ravenscourt and her cub were usually seen in the Singita area.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3671/8945018862_8a7790dee3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8945018862/)
June 2 - News of 'Lady' Ravenscourt (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8945018862/#)

Sept. / Oct. 2012, this photo was taken of Ravenscourt and her cub by Sepp Disch.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/8945018886_bb70e27355.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8945018886/)
Ravenscourt and her cub Sept Oct 2012  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8945018886/#)

Today, while I don't know when this photo was taken and by?  it was posted a few hours ago by Elaine L.
Ravenscourt Female Leopard
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2823/8945018936_b541a5f21d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8945018936/)
Ravenscourt Female Leopard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8945018936/#)

I have tried to find additional information about this female leopard.
I haven't seen anything as to whether her young offspring survived ?  We can but hope s/he is found and given assistance.

'Lady Ravenscourt' lived a full life and fought for her youngster to the end.  :eccry

Title: Re: From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on June 04, 2013, 04:32:40 PM
June 2nd

Stig NN who was at Arathusa took this photo of Salayexe and her cub. This may well have been the last photo taken of them    :eccry

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7432/8954092800_513e3b4c9b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954092800/)
Goes with photo by Stig NN (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954092800/#)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5458/8954092822_b4f266d8a3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954092822/)
June 2 Salayexe and cub (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954092822/#)

People have asked any guides / rangers to please inform the Leopard group(s) on FB know if they have any word re the cub.   :ecsad
Title: Re: From Nkorho Bush Lodge011 -
Post by: BBE on June 04, 2013, 04:37:55 PM
June 4

Sometime in the past 34 hours the handsome and big leopard Mvula moved over to Nkorho area.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2844/8954134500_71fc66a7eb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954134500/)
June 4 - Mvula  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954134500/#)
Title: Re: Styx Lion Pride
Post by: BBE on June 04, 2013, 05:15:50 PM
I haven't read much about the Styx Pride of late. We used see them a fair bit on WE drives (with Marc and Tara).

On one of the many timelines I looked at earlier today it was mentioned that the death of the Ravenscourt female leopard was the third piece of sad news in the Sabi Sands area in the past week or so.

I asked the lady who had made the comment what the third untoward event was. Oh my - the last of the three styx cubs was killed.  Apparently the other two were killed in recent months.

This report indicates 'one of the two remaining Styx Cubs. I believe this has now be amended to indicate it was the last of the three??

The last one died after this post from May 13.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2808/8954326516_be94f29906.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954326516/)
Styx Pride News from May 2013 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954326516/#)

Some people also concerned about Thandi's (Saseka) cubs. Only one has been seen of late and that was in the area where Salayexe hangs out. Fingers crossed and  :pray

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 04, 2013, 06:28:50 PM
June 4 - One more and it is a good news story

The FourWays Lion Pride who we really don't know other than the name. The pride consists of five lions as per listing belwo. This past week it seems another male has joined them.

They were seen in the past 24 hours and three lodges have posted comments / photos. So take your pick as to whether they were seen at Cheetah Plains, Simbambili or Elephant Plains?  :puzzled2   :question

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5466/8954830366_e3c1e243a5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954830366/)
FourWays Lion Pride info (1) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954830366/#) 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8264/8954830388_3280eac381.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954830388/)
FourWays Lion Pride Info (2) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954830388/#)

Photos x 5, so I'll make another post.
 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on June 04, 2013, 06:36:46 PM
June 4th - Photos from the FourWays Lion Pride Sighting

If I creep up slowly - - -
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2867/8954830416_3e98a2f615.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954830416/)
June 4 FourWays Lion Pride (1) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954830416/#)

Is he really asleep?
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3767/8954413334_8005539522.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954413334/)
June 4 (2) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954413334/#)

Caught you
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2825/8954413344_e2891c0d2b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954413344/)
June 4 (3) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954413344/#)

Get 'outta' my face
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3715/8954413384_9d05f13e62.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954413384/)
June 4 (4) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954413384/#)

Tuckered out
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7314/8954413434_6a5e703256.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954413434/)
June 4 (5) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8954413434/#)

Dinner calls as does a suitcase to be packed   :eclol
Title: Re: Sights From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on June 29, 2013, 09:06:59 PM
Karin van der Merwe from Nkorho Bush Lodge posted these two lovely photos.

June 26 - member of the Styx Pride. I believe the Styx Pride had killed a buffalo ( :question)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7323/9170112309_695db25dc3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170112309/)

June 28 an extremely handsome male Kudu. A magnificent set of antlers.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7342/9170112317_05a306f332.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170112317/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights From Mashatu Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on June 29, 2013, 09:22:59 PM
In May, Bruce Fryxell was a t Mashutu (I think for one of the photography sessions. He took and kindly shared the following photos on FB.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3831/9170170841_9cf55b4ff3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170170841/)

Beautiful Cheetah
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3765/9170170873_5436559139.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170170873/)

African Green Pigeon
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3833/9170170887_de52ae05e1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170170887/)

Leopard both photos appear to be of the same leopard, in different poses.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7360/9170170913_4e442125f9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170170913/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7379/9170170925_c3c44fb468.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170170925/)

 :ty
Title: Re: Sightings of Salayexe
Post by: BBE on June 29, 2013, 10:15:01 PM
You will recall that Salayexe's daughter was killed by a hyena on June 1, 2013.  :ecsad  Seemingly she is doing alright.  She has been spotted in a couple of places since I last posted.

This actually one of the last sightings of Salayexe before her daughter was killed.

At Simbambili Game Lodge, prior to her daughter being killed on June 1. (Photo was taken before and posted after the cub was killed; by Field Guide Liam Rainier).
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2887/9170246633_b127951bca.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170246633/)

On June 8, Neil Jennings at Chitwa Chitwa posted a photo of the lady after her cub was killed. She is resting in a tree and looks so sad.  :ecsad  
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2813/9170439925_5601be02e0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170439925/)

June 10th Pierre Mouton took and posted a photo of Salayexe at Simbambili Game Lodge.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2812/9170246677_25d8e220f4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170246677/)

Bless you dear lady, you have had so many misforunes with your litters. :eclove
Title: Re: Sightings of Karula's Grand-daughter And Daughter
Post by: BBE on June 29, 2013, 10:38:54 PM
One of the twin girl's from Karula's first litter was named 'Saseka' by the guides at Djuma.  Then they were re-named and from then on she has been known as 'Thandi'.

Thandi had a litter with one male and one female cub. These two photos are of her daughter at Nkorho Bush Lodge yaken and posted by Karin van der Merwe.

June 15 - and check out her necklace. Remind you of her grandmother?
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/9170484307_9aed5f2664.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170484307/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7292/9170484285_02b51c8565.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170484285/)

This is a photo of 'Thandi' (aka Saseka) taken and posted by Pierre Motin on Simbambili Game Lodge for the week of June 11 - 17th.   She must eat bones and floss well - teeth look to be in great condition.  :eclol
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/9170484263_f354066bd0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170484263/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sightngs of Xivambalana
Post by: BBE on June 29, 2013, 10:57:14 PM
Xivambalana has been see at various lodges. He is making the rounds and sometimes has caused some little skirmishes where he is not wanted.

May 24 at Cheetah Plains. He looks very healthy and strong. Some signs of his Mother's 'necklace'
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5508/9170577541_05ff94db26.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170577541/)
One numb neuron, I forgot to write down who took and posyed this photo  :really

June 8 back at Cheetah Plains taken and posted by Neil Jennings (he was moving around)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7360/9170577515_621e8c255f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170577515/)

And on June 28 at Nkorho Bush Lodge. Any doubt as to who his father was?? Yambilu Jordaan (of the 'Cherri-O tail).

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2815/9172835204_e0b65341fb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9172835204/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7338/9172835228_56dd0524cd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9172835228/)

 :eclol   :eclove
Title: Re: Sighting at Simbambili Game Lodge
Post by: BBE on June 29, 2013, 11:10:59 PM
The Simbambli Game Lodge blog for June 11 - 17th included a sighting of this youngster from the Tsalala Pride. Looks super.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7392/9170668111_03eccb55dc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9170668111/)

All the great news and sightings.   :wub
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Cawatcher on June 29, 2013, 11:14:47 PM
 :eclove BBE Thank you for for theses posts ..  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sad News from Simbambili Area
Post by: BBE on June 29, 2013, 11:48:12 PM
Regrettably this post contains sad news.  :eccry  I haven't been on Facebook's African groups for a little over a week, so until someone on FB sent me a message I had not read this.

There is no easy way to write this; but on June 16, 2013 the big male leopard Mvula intruded into the Simbambili area and killed one of Shadow’s cubs. Shadow is aka the female 'Tingana'; Karula's other daughter from her first litter.  You will recall that Karula mated with Mvula as well as Yambilu-Jordaan.  And the vast majority of people say YJ was the father Tingana and Saseka.

Pierre Mouton (Simbambili) was at the site when this occurred. And on the 17th he posted:
Quote
Last night I was reminded again of how harsh nature is. Mvula, the dominant male Leopard from the East, advanced into Tingana's**   territory and killed one of Shadow's cubs. Both Shadow and Mvula were found this morning. It is inconclusive weather Mvula managed to kill both cubs.
** This is the male leopard ‘Tingana’.

And on June17th,  
Robyn Hester (of Arathusa team) posted:
Quote
This morning we headed straight to the area where Mvula was seen killing one of Shadow’s cubs, in the hope of finding the other cub. When arrived, we just found the young dead cub with Mvula lying close by. Although this is part of nature, we didn’t linger as it was quite heartbreaking to see. We found Shadow not too far from the scene, scent marking as she moved steadily south. There was no sign of the other cub. She was very aggressive towards the vehicles so we decided to leave her, as she was probably still stressed from the previous night. We just hope that the other cub survived the encounter, but only time will tell.

I have not and will not look at the photos posted by Pierre Mouton. There were photos posted on a couple of places on facebook.
As such Elin Fowler (one the Admins for the 'Karula and her Family' group) requested that they not be posted on the  group page for 'Karula and Her Family'.
Quote
I knew everyone would be able to see the photos as they were already posted in several places & since this killing was a member of Karula's family by a past mate of Karula, I didn't feel we, as a group, needed to have them posted here. Graphic is not the issue. Sad, for me, was the issue to keep the photos out. With respect for all of you & deep sadness for Shadow, I post this hoping you understand & accept my choice. I don't believe in censorship & do not think of my request in that way.
 

Someone who had posted some of the pictures deleted them.

To date no comments / posts as to whether the other cub is alive ?  

The only other comment was by Karin van der Merwe of Nkorho Bush Lodge who on June 28th wrote:
Quote
What a game drive our guests had tonight... Mvula, Shadow, Xivambalane and Lamula...4  Leopards in one drive. On their way back they had Mvula and Shadow mating just west of the lodge!

Photos of Mvula and Shadow in next post - all taken prior to the killing.

 :ecsad
Title: Re: Photos of Mvula and Shadow Prior to Cub Being Killed
Post by: BBE on June 29, 2013, 11:59:14 PM
These photos were all taken and posted before Mvula killed Thandi's cub.

June 14 one of Shadow's cubs.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5463/9171053415_83dc83b20c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9171053415/)

June 15 - same cub or the other one?
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3686/9173203550_1d824382e3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9173203550/)

Mvula some days before the killing taken and posted by Pierre Mouton.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2847/9173203526_951782a576.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9173203526/)

Another view of Mvula
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7368/9173203692_21de1db744.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9173203692/)

Shadow day or two before the killing occurred.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3824/9173203588_9d2c6a60d4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9173203588/)

June 16 Shadow in the evening looking out at the area before the killing.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5474/9173203654_10b3cd31fb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9173203654/)

June 20 Mvula was seen at Cheetah Plains
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3731/9171053467_49b6a89249.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9171053467/)

Title: Re: Discussion re Who Xivambalans's Father Was
Post by: BBE on June 30, 2013, 12:21:38 AM
June 29, 2013 from ‘Karula and her Family’ Group. A discussion as to who is Xivambalana’s Dad.
Between the line breaks  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ I copied and am pasting (minus full names) the discussion until I started posting here back at about 9 pm. Sat. eve.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

R.T. is anyone besides me beginning to wonder if maybe Mvula really is Xivambalana's father? He doesn't really have the Yambilu Jordaan look that Induna, Mixo and Xivindzi had.

Update of sightings from a Nkorho Guide
28 June 2013 EveningRegards Nkorho....

W.B. but the tail R.T.! I think he's just learning from a master and Mvula thinks he's the dad lol I can't get a grip on Mvula killing Shadow's cubs if they were his.. guess they weren't ...smh

R.T. Yeah, he's got the donut tail going on, lol.

M.C. All you have to do is check out the tail and you know who the daddy is.

M.J.B. nope, I think he is definitely Jordaan's son.  Mixo has a modified heart on his head too. IMO

R.K.   He is Yambilu Jordaan’s son for sure. I have no doubt about it. But Mvula must think that Xivam is his son. The Ranger at Cheetah Plains thought that Mvula behaves like this, because he have cubs with Karula now and may think that he also sired Xivam.
He sure must have mated with her before the X`s where born, because Karula had a part of her territory in Mvula’s.
But like I said, I have no doubt about it that Xivam is YJ son.

W.B. I agree R.K. Remember the drive when Xivam and Xivin and Induna all were with  YJ while Karula was out hunting? He was babysitting his kids...no harm in letting Mvula think he's the daddy. Good training for Xivam ‘til he gets chased away.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Of note is that 'R.K' an avid viewer and poster has for the past two weeks been in the Sabi Sands at various lodges, so he has seen various leopards.

First Salayexe's remaining cub was killed by a hyena, and now one of Saseka (Thandi) cubs is killed.  We can but hope that her male cub will be seen.

Good night. 
Title: Re: Update re Mvula and Shadow
Post by: BBE on July 01, 2013, 02:28:26 PM
A report today from Liam Rainier (a Field Guide at Simbambili Game Lodge indicates that both cubs were killed.  And that Shadow (female Tingana) has been frequently mating with Mvula.  The Tingan referred to is the male leopard Tingana.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3820/9188099012_b08c556398_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9188099012/)


A very, very short video of Mvula and Shadow mating:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYXcsNVNhMM
Title: Re: News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on July 02, 2013, 03:11:16 PM
Arathusa' Ranger Diary for June 23 - 29, 2013.

Link to it is: http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/07/rangers-diary-23-29-june-2013/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/07/rangers-diary-23-29-june-2013/)

News of various leopards and lions. Some great photos by Robin Hester including:

Salayexe, in a tree with an impala kill.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/9196691490_e76759be73_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9196691490/)

'Super Moon'
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3776/9196691542_4ea3224e8f_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9196691542/)And this description of action on Wed. June 26th between Thandi (Karula's daughter; aka 'Saseka') and Xivambalana

Quote
Wednesday
 
Salayexe was still in the area of her impala kill feeding on the remaining scraps. On arrival at the sighting, we found a hyena patiently sitting under the tree – occasionally being rewarded with a small morsel that fell as the leopard fed. Salayexe finished up her bout of feeding, selected a comfortable branch on which she could stretch out, and dozed in the warm morning sunlight. The morning safari was otherwise relatively quiet, until we tracked and found a herd of about 15 elephants that were spread out and feeding in a grove of Bushwillows. The mighty beasts amazed us by pulling entire young trees out the ground and shaking off the grit to consume the roots.
 
We found a herd of elephants as we headed out on our afternoon drive, as they made their way down to the dam. We sat with them as they drank and bathed. A couple of young bulls entertained us as they began frolicking in the water, sometimes submerging themselves completely. Then, a sighting of Thandi and Sivambalana was called in, so we slowly headed across to where they had been located. We arrived to find the young male leopard – Sivambalana – feeding on a fresh impala kill that he had stolen from Thandi. He barely glanced at her, but would give her a warning growl from time to time, letting her know that she wasn’t going to get her kill back. We left the sighting when both leopards were sprawled out in the grass, a good distance from one another, and headed off to have a drinks stop with the intention of returning afterwards.  As we drove into an open area, we came across a herd of about 40 buffalo that were moving away from a large dam. We sat with two large males at the back of the herd, who were having a little bit of a tussle and allowed for a really good photographic opportunity with the golden afternoon light. Packing up our drinks, we slowly made our way back to the two leopards to see what activity we would get in the evening. We found that Thandi had moved off further away, and the young male was still sprawled out close to the kill. We were considering leaving, when all of a sudden a lone hyena came onto the scene and stalked up to the napping leopard. Too late, the young male realised what was going on, and flipped around to face the hyena – at the same time looking for a nearby tree. There were none close enough, and we watched as the hyena charged in at the snarling leopard, who could only jump aside and watch as the hyena stole the impala. We followed to hyena as it dragged the kill further away, stopping occasionally to wolf down a couple of mouthfuls, before moving on. Thandi and Sivambalana were left with whatever scraps were left at the kill site, and we watched Thandi feeding on the stomach lining and Sivabalana chewing on a bit of leg.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on July 06, 2013, 01:42:02 PM
July 5 and Thandi (Saseka) was seen by the gang at Cheetah Plains - with her male cub.  They had a kill in the bush - appeared to be an impala.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3749/9226224616_6560842e88_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9226224616/)

Cub 'this helping with a kill and then eating has me tired'.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7432/9226224652_2295f94053.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9226224652/)

Thandi & son:
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2815/9226224706_e382673b31.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9226224706/)

Thandi looks a little ticked with her son?
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/9226224770_6a1d5c5371.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9226224770/)

Thandi on a termite mound surveying the area. Her son is trying to mimic her action?
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3784/9226224794_11d0fe47fa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9226224794/)

It is easier to lie down behind a rock and watch  :heart
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/9223470671_4e2b259f40.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9223470671/)

Bye for now  :eclove

Ann / BBE

Title: Re: Sights From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on July 07, 2013, 03:32:10 PM
Hello,

Five (5) stunning photos of Thandi (Saseka) taken July 6 or 7th by Karin van der Merwe of Nkorho Bush Lodge

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5549/9232399439_f3ca0241cc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9232399439/)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/9232399571_e451b94ee7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9232399571/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7403/9232399481_f6a3999fb8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9232399481/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7390/9232399607_bf47448f47.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9232399607/)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/9232399521_dca4eb970c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9232399521/)

 :eclove




Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 04:19:45 PM
Arathusa Blog for June 30 - July 6, 2013

Link: http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/07/rangers-diary-30-june-6-july-2013/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/07/rangers-diary-30-june-6-july-2013/)

Sightings: Ellies, Styx Lions, Thandi (Saseka) and son, male leopard Tingana, Salayexe, Mvula and Xivambalana, and some other lions too  :ecsmile

Styx lion: appears well and happy
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5456/9266210774_02d6445f6d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9266210774/)

Thandi (Saseka) and son (in foreground):
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5543/9266198560_b17eee6333.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9266198560/)

Elephant:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3820/9263478767_4d73d7378b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263478767/)

All photos taken by Brandon Birch  :ty

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Mashatu Game Lodge
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 04:32:07 PM
Posted by photographer Mike Dexter at Mashatu Game Lodge ( around July 9)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3789/9263525305_57a8fb35fb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263525305/)

What a beautiful lioness
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3712/9263525281_5d29e7b823.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263525281/)
Title: Re: June Game Report from Mashatu
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 04:43:26 PM
June Game Report was posted July 10.

Link: http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2013/07/game-report-june-2013/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2013/07/game-report-june-2013/)

Sightings included leopards, lions, cheetah.  Photos were taken by Mike Dexter.

Cheetahs are so graceful
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5481/9266352968_e0bac66baa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9266352968/)

Leopard Cubs: Playing. 
Quote
We have had some extremely good sightings of leopards. A new family was recently found; a young female and her two cubs. The cubs - a young male and female – are about two to three months old. The mother is young and a little skittish, and holds a territory around White Cliffs, which is just outside Main Camp.


(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3724/9266352922_af6737d56a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9266352922/)
Title: Re: Sights From Mashatu Game Lodge
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 04:58:55 PM
This report was written and posted by Colin Morris who with his wife had visited from Australia.

Link: http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2013/07/guest-blog-colin-morris/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2013/07/guest-blog-colin-morris/)

Sightings included leopards, lions and elephants etc.

Three of the photos he posted in the blog:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5341/9266430982_d9d923d120.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9266430982/)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5501/9263639771_8183745d90.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263639771/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7460/9266431018_318284e294.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9266431018/)

Colin, I am pleased that you and your wife had a great visit at Mashatu and thanks for the blog with photos. Beautiful.

Title: Re: Sights & News From Chitwa Chitwa PGL
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 05:09:39 PM
Around July 9th members of the Styx pride brought down and killed a buffalo.  That devil Xivambalana snuck in and had a few bites.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2816/9263693179_fe3ddd9886.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263693179/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7296/9263693201_6f585b9bd5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263693201/)

Thanks to Stefan du Toit of Chitwa Chitwa.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 05:32:48 PM
In the past week Cheetah Plains has had some remarkable sightings. The information and photos were posted July 10.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/9263782335_f8db4fa028.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263782335/)

Matimba Male and Torchwood Female.  We have heard about both before, but I don't have info about the Torchwood Female.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7340/9263782395_780895df50.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263782395/)

Thandi (Saseka) male cub watching some antelope :heart
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7397/9263782425_41d28d2ff5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263782425/)

Karula after leaving her cubs in a drainage line :ecsmile
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2820/9263782351_0159eca332.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263782351/)

Thandi or her cub. I'm thinking Thandi as looks to old for her cub.   :question
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5461/9263782477_0fee6393b7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9263782477/)

Thanks Cheetah Plains.  :eclove

Added a few minutes later:
1. My post about the Matimba Male Lions is HERE  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1088.msg116556#msg116556)

2. Torchwood Lions Pride has an FB Timeline HERE  (https://www.facebook.com/TorchwoodLionPride/info#!/TorchwoodLionPride)  

This is the info 'about' them posted last year when timeline added. To see photos and comments click on 'Torchwood Lion Pride' to left of 'About'.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5540/9266656036_76df0390ac.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9266656036/)

Bye for now.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 09:01:28 PM
EP's Newsletter for June 2103 was posted today:

Link: HERE (http://campaign.iscan.co.za/newsletters/general/20130703100554/20130703100554.html)

Sightings: Wild Dogs, elephants, Mvula, Salayexe, Shadow (female Tingana) and more.

Baby ellie :eclove by Morne Fouche
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5332/9267559384_d2626b1310.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9267559384/)

Mvula, by Louis Liversage
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3775/9267559402_ffc1c75670.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9267559402/)

Salayexe, by Morne Fouche
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7316/9267559432_5e5201844f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9267559432/)

Thanks EP for keeping us current on events and sightings.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Cawatcher on July 11, 2013, 10:52:21 PM
 :eclove Wonderful!!
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 10:57:44 PM
Hi Cali, how are you doing? Warm enough down there for you? All  OK up here.

Check this story and video out!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/11/travel/impala-escapes-cheetahs (http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/11/travel/impala-escapes-cheetahs)

 :hug to you both

Ann
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 13, 2013, 11:02:17 AM
:ecsad news re another leopard cub:
Chad DeWet from Nkorho has reported that one of Thandi (Saseka) cubs has been found dead. Thandi is alright, but as yet  no sign of the other cub.

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Chad DeWet
With a very heavy heart I have to say we have lost more leopard cubs.... I unfortunately found 1 of Thandi's cub dead with Gogi feeding on the body, no sign of the other cub, hold thumbs she is ok!! People told me don't hate Gogi after we found her eating their own cub but now I really do hate her!! Horrible year for cubs!! I'm so bleak :(

'Gogi' is one of the Styx Pride and as I understand it was the cub's father.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Today's update on Shadow (female Tingana)
And from Nkorho / Arathusa - - - while she may not yet be in oestrus (estrus) Shadow (female Tingana) is busy mating - this time seen with Male Tingana. Pictures were poste dof them with an impala. I am not posting them as even for me and my background - too hard to look at.

Karula's grandchildren have not fared well this year.  :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Chad DeWet
Post by: BBE on July 14, 2013, 07:54:19 PM
Posted earlier today (Sun. July 14)

By Chad DeWet

Quote
Quick update: Thandi's male cub is still alive....it was infact her female cub who got killed. I saw him today no more then 50m from his sisters remains and the lioness who ate her.


 :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on July 17, 2013, 04:40:21 PM
Elephant Plains Sighting Report for July 8 - 14th:

Link for the full report is:
http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/07/big-5-sightings-08-to-14-july-2013/ (http://www.elephantplains.co.za/big-5-blog/2013/07/big-5-sightings-08-to-14-july-2013/)

Sights included a Majingi Male chasing one of the Tsalala Pride females, members ofTsalala pride, Shadow (female Tingana) mating with the Male Tingana (again). Karula, scent marking in the area, Wabayiza (sub-adult male leopard; cousin to Mixo and Induna), Salayexe and several breeding herds of elephants.

Majingi Male
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/9311855140_d4c4fb7b81.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9311855140/)

Shadow (female Tingana) on a kill
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3745/9309141999_28a19cacf1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9309141999/)

A young Honey Badger
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7416/9311855204_8618652c49.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9311855204/)

All photos taken by Dawie Jacobs of Elephant Plains.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on July 17, 2013, 05:21:32 PM
From Cheetah Plains, related to the hard life for lion cubs.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7395/9309262181_439faaa3e8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9309262181/)


Link to blog by Justin Glanvill (Field Guide) on Cheetah Plains: http://bit.ly/12BLm4H (http://bit.ly/12BLm4H)

 :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on July 17, 2013, 05:43:45 PM
A couple of photos from Cheetah Plains from a drive on July 16:

Karula, who then proceeded into a drainage line.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7336/9309829001_ee43c3cf23.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9309829001/)

A young Styx male greeting another member of the family.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3729/9309829045_3c852c4f53.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9309829045/)

Thanks to the team at Cheetah Plains for the photos.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on July 25, 2013, 07:28:12 PM
Arathusa Safari Lodge's latest blog for July 14 - 20.

Link to blog is:   http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/07/rangers-diary-14-20-july-2013/ (http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2013/07/rangers-diary-14-20-july-2013/)

Xivamabalana was around and had an encounter with hyenas. he skee-daddled up a tree and snarled at them. - they won he went off.

I have two photos from the blog, but Flickr is down until 10 p.m. If they are up on time I will upload and post them. If not it will be Sat. or Sunday before I can do. Going gadding!

TTFN  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on July 25, 2013, 11:52:15 PM
And - - - - - as promised in the post above; here are the two photos of Xivambalana taken by Robin Hester of the Arathusa team:

Xivambalana up a tree, where he took shelter from the hyenas and proceeded to snarl at them. Check out his teeth :nod2
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/9369582416_b3bcc1a998.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9369582416/)

And when he down from the tree he strolled off for a long drink  :ecsmile
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3739/9369582446_4134f7c1bd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9369582446/)

As Bugs Bunny would have said  = 'That's all folks'. For now  :eclove

Ann :offtobed

Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on August 03, 2013, 09:48:44 PM
Arathusa Safari Lodge has re-designed their web site and blog.. I do like the new look.  :thumbup:

Their latest 'Ranger's Diary' is for July 21 - 24, 3013 with some super sightings  HERE.   (http://arathusa.co.za/rangers-diary-21-27-july-2013/)

And I have uploaded the super photos of a leopard and lions taken by drive team members; Robin Hester and one by Richard Simbabili.

Matimba male doing 'what comes naturally' with a Styx female.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7384/9431297543_4c8d56aecd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9431297543/)

July 21 - Mvula with Shadow (female Tingana).  Mvula is certainly one big leopard.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3828/9431297513_f9719e55ea.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9431297513/)

July 24 - Male Tingana - up a tree and then seen coming down. I would hazard a guess that these were taken on an afternoon drive - sunset on him.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/9431297569_1b2b06ed68.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9431297569/)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/9431297597_c16f50d13d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9431297597/)

The last three photos were taken by Robin Hester  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on August 03, 2013, 09:55:23 PM
How lovely to see Thandi (Saseka) out and about with her male cub; who is becoming a fast and handsome young man.

Aug. 1
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3798/9434115970_fae6b28b96.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9434115970/)

Aug. 3
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2811/9434115984_71e9c1078c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9434115984/)

With many thanks to Africam and the team at Nkorho Bush lodge for posting the photos.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains PGR
Post by: BBE on August 03, 2013, 10:00:05 PM
Aug. 3 - A bull hippo was letting the Cheetah Plains team know 'he wasn't happy about them stopping nearby for a break'    :eceek
I think the vehicle and occupants would get away quickly if the hippo decided to come and come them out. :eclol

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/9431322359_819e44bc77.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9431322359/)

That's a wrap for now -  :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on August 06, 2013, 11:28:09 AM
I have been reading my African Groups on FB and found some videos you might like:

From Londolozi, two videos from May:

Female Leopard Plays with Cubs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jnGD0gGl4E


Tsalala Lionesses Fight with a Majingilane Male

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwuZ3ckomjo


And a blog from August of 'Tree Climbing Lions' at http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/08/tree-climbing-lions/ (http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/08/tree-climbing-lions/)
Pictures from the blog to follow.

Title: Re: Sights & News From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on August 06, 2013, 12:03:59 PM
As promised in the post above; the photos from the Londolozi blog re lions climbing a tree where there is a kill.

Big male lion heads up the tree
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/9454363938_a587922854.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9454363938/)

I've had enough' - a swat and snarl
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/9454363954_7e603e57c6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9454363954/)

Three in a tree with the end of a kill
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5534/9454364016_9e6be3623d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9454364016/)

Time to jump down
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7459/9454364060_41276a365a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9454364060/)

Awesome photography.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: MIXO Appears in KNP
Post by: BBE on August 06, 2013, 12:50:49 PM
On July 22, 2013 - Mixo was seen in Kruger National Park - having a feast.  He looks great and healthy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXbLWoyX9Qk


If you are Facebook member go to this link to see stills from the video (currently in rows 2 & 3):

https://www.facebook.com/pbertout# (https://www.facebook.com/pbertout#)!/pbertout/photos

Lovely to see our boy again  :wub
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 06, 2013, 09:43:06 PM
Re Mixo - some well versed people who can tell Karula's offspring one from t'other have noticed that Mixo's tail now has a 'kink' in it. Did he meet up with a hyena or ?  Sure hope it doesn't affect his balance.

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Cawatcher on August 07, 2013, 05:26:07 AM
Amazing as ever, thank you BBE  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2013, 10:08:00 PM
Aug. 5 Super photos from Nik Barratt, taken around Arathusa.

I have been told he is from Great Britain. He and his wife have done considerable travelling around the world; including Africa.

Wow, a beautiful, misty sunrise
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3690/9461191454_b7cb3c1c69.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461191454/)

Styx Pride - 'looking nervous'.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7290/9461191436_b51cf2d29f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461191436/)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2812/9461191394_04ed64b9ff.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461191394/)

Great photo showing the difference in size between the famle and male leoprad. I asked if it might by Mvula and Shadow (female Tingana).
This was his reply on FB (a '2-Way' = radio connection between vehicles). 'Tingana' as in the male one by that name:
Quote
This is Tingana and Salayexe (Sal). Mvula and Shadow are still together, but on Torchwood at present so we can't see them! One of the Rangers joked over the 2-Way this morning that we may be seeing the first Monogamous Leopards in Mvula and Shadow, as they have been together so long now!
  :eclol

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3831/9461191352_019ef016f0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461191352/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Sabi Sands Reserve
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2013, 10:12:36 PM
This photo of a 'Morning Lion' was posted Aug. 5 by an Andrew Schoeman. He was on the Sabi Sands Game reserve with the ODP (Outdoor Photography group).

Such a majestic creature.   many thnaks Andrew for sharing.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7409/9461387535_a1bf9edfc8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461387535/)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5485/9461387563_7006018594.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461387563/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2013, 10:17:51 PM
Aug. 5 and Karin van der Merwe, with the Nkorho Bush Lodge posted thes two lovely photos of Thand's (Saseka) son. He has inherited some of Karula's genes.  :eclove

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5534/9464136868_6fbe97563d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9464136868/)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3671/9464136896_229a65f9ff.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9464136896/)

I do hope he will fare well and live long. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Mashatu Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2013, 10:23:09 PM
Aug. 6

Mike Dexter (whose photos we have seen before from Mashatu) had a great (but scary) iexperience when going to open the hide.  All's well, that ends well  :thumbup:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5485/9461380059_fdc54a6fd4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461380059/)

I have my eye on you  :pray
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3674/9461380025_969d1ae947.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461380025/)

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Singita PGR
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2013, 10:55:47 PM
 :nope  I forgot a couple of places who posted great photos. This picture was taken or posted on Aug. 5. © and with thanks to Marlon Du Toit, who is Field Guide at the Singita Private Game Reserve.

What a beautiful photo of a lioness guiding her family across a river.  The pride is the 'Munghen Pride' (formerly known as 'Tsalala Breakaway').

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/9461513645_18feb3ba4f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461513645/)

The river is the Sand River and not far from Londolozi who posted a blog  Lion Cubs cross the Sand River.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/08/lion-cubs-crossing-the-sand-river/) and has similar photo.

The following photos were taken by a geust at Londolozi (Colin Toomer) who gave permsiion for them to be used in the blog above.

One of the cubs resting before or after the crossing :eclove
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3672/9461584479_96cc0d8751.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461584479/)

"Single file behind mom"
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/9461584527_1c2abe723f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461584527/)
 

The last female to cross.
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461584567/](http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7440/9461584567_4d9327cc26.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461584527/)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2013, 11:31:00 PM
This is the last one for today - up to date now!

You will recall late last year Adam Bannister (at that time with Londolozi) predicted warfare among the lions. We have seen or read about some and here is another one around Londolozi area.  The photography took many photos.
Subsequent posts make me think the lioness may have been one of the older ones with the Tsalala Breakaway. And the male (actually there were two, but only one fighting) may have been a Majingilane male? (as they have been 'seen' with the Tsalala females quite a lot.

Marc Lindsay-Rae's FB page states
Quote
Works as a Specialist ranger for Africa Direct. Web site: http://www.africadirect.co.za/ (http://www.africadirect.co.za/)


Marc Lindsay-Rae's post.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5447/9461684059_77b9b4b636.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461684059/)

The male appears and heads for female
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/9461684077_6c42b30d68.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461684077/)

Female doesn't appear amused
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3730/9461684103_9d57516064.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461684103/)

Then they really brawl and try to take each other down. Marc posted about 10 more pics. I have picked three of them.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/9461684127_8ae6b39fff.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461684127/)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5499/9461684157_f5ec83b7a6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461684157/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7428/9461684197_2936435ba9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9461684197/)

As far as we know the female survived the attack but with several nasty scratches.

Now this really is  :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Sabi Sands
Post by: BBE on August 08, 2013, 12:14:23 AM
Ssshhhh - don't tell that I haven't as yet  :offtobed. Tidying photos and found two more for you.

This were posted on FB on Aug. 6. They were taken by Andrew Schoeman who according to his TB timeline is a
Quote
Wildlife photographic host and guide.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7341/9464671510_b60ea3be38.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9464671510/)

What a stunning photo of this magnificent lion.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3771/9464671538_1c7868907f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9464671538/)

Stealing away now - for sure.  :eclol
Title: Re: BBE's taking a break
Post by: BBE on August 09, 2013, 09:39:51 PM
Hello folks,

In the next week or so don't worry if you don't see 'BBE' around here. I have some personal (not health related) issues to attend to and will be on the go most days.

Bye for now and take care.   :eclove

Ann / BBE
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on August 13, 2013, 08:56:43 PM
July 28 - Aug. 3 - Ranger's Diary - Leopards, Lions, Secretary Bird, Wild Dogs, Impala, Ellies and more.  Also lions in the area too - Majingis, Nkuhumas and Styx. Diary is:  HERE.   (http://arathusa.co.za/rangers-diary-28-july-to-3-august-2013/)
 
All photos I am posting were taken by Robin Hester.   :ty

Rare sighting of a Secretary Bird. They are quite spectacular to see.  :nod2
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7358/9505140371_4d70d2ffa8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9505140371/)

July 28:
Some of the Styx Pride
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2876/9507887600_71067c1a52.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9507887600/)

And Lamula (a male leopard) while drinking, keeps both eyes open for any signs of trouble.  :thumbup:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3735/9507887650_31697ae628.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9507887650/)

Aug. 3: Beautiful 'Thandi' (Saseka) was seen. Her male cub was nearby.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/9507887682_7b9582793c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9507887682/)

Thanks Arathusa team and Robin.   :biggrin3
Title: Re: Sad News From Londolozi - Pt. 1
Post by: BBE on August 13, 2013, 11:13:55 PM
Yet again I am the bearer of sad news.  Some of you will remember posts and photos of 'BB' the older tailless lioness with the original Tsalala Pride.  She raised many cubs, witnessed several change-overs of landlords, she had a few narrow escapes and was 15 years old at the time of her death.

Sadly on Aug. 8th the Londolozi team found her body. She was killed by her daughters / grandchildren (a.k.a the former 'Tsalala/Breakaway Pride' now officially known as the 'Mhangeni Pride'; (four females and 7 -9  cubs).

This Londolozi report /blog was posted on the 13th. It was written by Tom Imrie:  Tsalala original tailless female is dead.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/08/tsalala-grandmother-is-dead/)

It is ironic that the father of the new cubs are the Majingilane Males.
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She and her two daughters also had eight cubs fathered by the Mapogo coalition. Four of those were killed by the Majingilane Males through 2010 and 2011 but the canny lioness took sole responsibility for the four remaining young females moving with them away from Sparta and Marthly and kept them out of harm’s way until they were adults.  Those four females are now the Munghen Pride and she left them to their own devices when they were capable enough, in order to re-join her two adult daughters.

Happier times a few months ago
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/9505603391_f98c90d55d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9505603391/)

Prior to loosing her tail.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7332/9505603329_62707d73b2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9505603329/)

BB and one of her children
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5327/9505603349_be762945f6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9505603349/)

One of the last and recent sightings of BB
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7437/9505603299_3732fc5199.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9505603299/)

'BB' lived a long life and raised many children. Unfortunate she died in this manner. R.I.P. dear 'BB'   :ecsad

More in next post
Title: Re: Sad News From Londolozi - Pt. 2
Post by: BBE on August 13, 2013, 11:22:48 PM
Adam Bannister was a main stay at Londolozi for many years. He left last fall.  He wrote many of the blogs and took many, many photos over the years.

This was posted in the past day or so in FB group 'Lions of Sabi Sands':
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/9505603291_eb31bcd82e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9505603291/)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5474/9505603261_b8f78c9286.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9505603261/)    :heart

There are two videos in the report which I am copying to here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiP_Dd72qgE


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNM-bNfshy4

Bless 'BB' she will be missed by all who knew here in 'person' or on the internet.

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: dizzymom70 on August 14, 2013, 10:07:49 AM
I am saddened to hear about BB's death. She was an amazing creature who lived an amazing life and was wonderful example of maternal instincts that exist in the wild. Thank you BBE for keeping us up to speed on these wonderful creatures and the events that affect them. Your reports are very much appreciated, as is your connection to these wonderful creatures. RIP BB  :eccry
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 14, 2013, 10:35:42 AM
Hello dizzymom, and thank you. Yes, BB was a beautiful lioness, and a caring and loving Mother.  Before her 4 daughters split away they had basically been shunning her due to her advancing years.  :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on August 14, 2013, 10:38:14 AM
I obviously was tired last evening when I left here.  Later today I will add news about the Majingi's who after being seen with the Munghen Pride moved over to Nkorho Bush Lodge and had a 'dust up' with the Styx Pride. Not to worry all were OK at the end of it.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 14, 2013, 03:55:38 PM
As promised I'm back to post about the confrontation between the four Majingilane Males ('Majingis') and likely four members of the Styx Pride.

I am more and more convinced that unless another coalition (and there really isn't one in the area) comes roaring in and challenges the Majingis, they will be the ultimate 'landlords' of the area.

In the wee hours of Aug. 13 CAT the folks at Nkorho Bush Lodge were aware of a confrontation between the Majingis and the Styx.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7434/9510742291_0ea8efcbe7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9510742291/)

Later in the morning in answer to Diane's question 'Did anyone figure out what happened last night?  Karin van der Merwe posted:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3685/9510742301_b1fbba0bec.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9510742301/)

A Styx leaving the scene:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3828/9510742419_97e5e2ab40.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9510742419/)

In this photo I'd say it is a Majingi on the right; chasing a Styx ?
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3770/9510742389_37fc512da4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9510742389/)

Majingi One x 2 or a photo of both??
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7316/9510742351_e2d35c0c64.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9510742351/)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2838/9510742319_29ca222b29.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9510742319/)

Off to do a quick flit around my groups on FB.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on August 14, 2013, 04:03:57 PM
A change of pace here - I found this from Aug. 1o. Posted by June Nolan.

A newborn elepant born at Nkorho (seen by the pan).

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/9510879059_9622126784.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9510879059/)

A new cycle of life begins  :eclove
Title: Re: Sights From Photographers
Post by: BBE on August 14, 2013, 04:24:57 PM
We don't really have a home for this type of posting.

On Facebook there is a Timeline called 'Africa, Through My Lens'.  A group of photographers post there photos there.

This one posted on Aug. 12 is of a Carmine-breasted Shrike'. Such a vivid colour.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3817/9513743620_dc32f4276d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9513743620/)

Ref: http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/crimson_breastedshrike.php (http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/crimson_breastedshrike.php)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on August 18, 2013, 04:56:28 PM
On Aug. 16th Thandi (Saseka) was seen at Nkorho, her son was also in the area (but no photo).

Thandi looks as thought she might be watching for her son?

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5328/9540291943_129b20f630.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9540291943/)

(Photo taken and posted by Manfred Braig)

 :thumbup:

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 19, 2013, 12:45:21 PM
This photo of a Bushbaby was taken a couple of nights ago (posted on Aug. 18) by the Cheetah Plains team.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7360/9549808772_404a71082e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9549808772/)

Ref: http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_bushbaby.html (http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_bushbaby.html)

Such amazing eyes.  :eclove


Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on August 22, 2013, 02:18:35 PM
Aug. 22 Update re Thandi's male cub  :eclove

Karin van der Merwe has posted a photo of Thandi's son taken on Aug. 16th. The photo of Thandi (Saseka) is two posts above this one. It was taken the same day.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/9570368849_b84410def8_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9570368849/)

Thanks Karin.
Title: Re: Sights & News From near Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on August 22, 2013, 02:31:10 PM
 :hooray     :woohoo2    :hearts2

'Induna' (brother of Mixo, twin son of Karula's second litter) has been spotted.

Today Justin Glanvill (Field Guide) at Cheetah Plains PGL spotted a leopard he didn't know, just north of Gowrie Gate. He sent a photo from his on board camera to Chad DeWet of Nkorho. Chad was on a drive, but posted the pic on FB timeline asking for ID.  This process took about an hour (if that) and there was no doubt that it was the 'MIA Leopard - Induna'.   :thumbup:

It sounds as some people thought that when we lost sight of him he had gone north.  He looks well from head to the missing tip of his tail  :eclol  I think it is going on nine months (?) since he was seen.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3781/9573200470_162b41d40e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9573200470/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/9570389597_ffcf6a7fd3_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9570389597/)

Your chuckle - I couldn't get these pics and the one of Thandi's cub to post. I wasn't seeing the right link in Flickr.   Duh - somehow I had switched the 'Grab the HTML / BBCode' link to HTML.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: luvthebirds on August 22, 2013, 05:44:20 PM
 :ty  so much for the good news, BBE!   :hooray :yeah

What a beautiful family La Diva has produced!  So wonderful to see Induna.  :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on August 27, 2013, 10:53:32 PM
Aug. 25 - Photos by Dawie Jacobs at Elephant Plains.

EP haves had a couple of busy weeks with lions, leopards, elephants etc.  These are all from the 25th.

The lovely Salayexe:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/9613644838_2c5e3b1c33.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9613644838/)

Two young bull ellies sparring or more?
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7343/9613644872_28bd094451.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9613644872/)

A young ellie in need of a helpting trunk and / or foot:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7441/9613644896_38c3e6279d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9613644896/)

A good looking leopard - male Tingana. Still'courting' Salayexe?
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7406/9613644816_ac9397d5b0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9613644816/)

Majingilane Male on buffalo kill
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7459/9613644768_f83e3bee68.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9613644768/)

One of the Styx Pride lionesses, who has been seen quite a lot of late 'with' this Majingi known as 'Scar Nose.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3791/9613644738_011797bc23.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9613644738/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 05, 2013, 11:19:55 AM
Lion cubs and a young leopard

Aug. 27 at Nkorho Bush Lodge - Thand's (Saseka's) young male cub. He looks extremely well.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5532/9678850149_d46267f929.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9678850149/)

Mid to late August at Londolozi Game Reserve - two, maybe three of the young of the Sparta Pride.  Here we see one of the males keeping an eye of the Londolozi team.  :eclol
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3831/9678850183_f8f7751aca.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9678850183/)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on September 12, 2013, 12:04:48 PM
Arathusa had a very 'cat oriented' week Aug. 26 - Sept. 1. HERE.   (http://arathusa.co.za/rangers-diary26aug-1sep/)

Lions, Leopards, and Cheetah; and a pack of Wild Dogs.

All photos were taken by Sean Gilbert of the Arathusa team.  :thumbup:

This is 'Bhuhti' who until the past week was known as 'Thandi's (Saseka) Male Cub.  Great news that he now has a name; which literally means 'nuts and bolts'. He does hold things together. :eclove
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7341/9733931234_37aefa8cde_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9733931234/)

Nkuhuma lion and Styx lionesses were seen.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5547/9733931150_5cf09ec540_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9733931150/)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2811/9733931190_9c5ae0df45_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9733931190/)

Male Tingana
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/9733931104_e1e00470b4_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9733931104/)

Four nomad male lions - ID not known as yet. They could shake up things if they around  :nod2
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3769/9733931066_a72058eb14_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9733931066/)

Pack of Wild Dogs
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9730762691_c9d3d99c6f_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9730762691/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on September 12, 2013, 12:28:19 PM
Sept. 11 - Xivambalana spotted.

As a lone male he looks extremely well and hopefully staying out of harms way from Mvula and Male Tingana.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/9730903091_bb41baa791_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9730903091/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: linused on September 12, 2013, 01:57:10 PM
These are fantastic photographs.  I am really enjoying these safaris .   BBE  thanks so much for sharing!!!
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 12, 2013, 03:19:58 PM
After Cheetah Plains posted the photo of Xivambalana (second post above this one) soemone inquired of them if they ever saw Xivindzi (his sister). She has been AWOL for almost a year.

They replied ". . . .we havent had a confirmed sighting of her for ages. There is a female in the north we suspect could be her, very skittish and secretive, but as soon as we are able to get a photo of the female, we will put it up for our FB friends to ID."

As Rexon would say I am 'holding thumbs'.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 12, 2013, 03:29:19 PM
Linused, welcome to my home away from home (so to speak).

Unfortunately WildEarth discontinued their drives around Djuma Private Game Reserve almost a year ago. I had been watching them since they first started back in April 2009. 

I now belong to several groups about African wildlife on Facebook. When I can I watch the two cameras. Mostly now I post here what catches my eye / interest on the group timelines.

Note:
1. The cameras are operated remotely by members of the Djuma Djunkies Group and are known as 'zoomies'- they do an awesome job.
2. There is a nine hour time difference between BC and the cam locations. They are ahead of us (CAT - Central African Time). As I type this it is 3:14 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 12 (PST / Hornby nest time) which is 12:15 A.M.  Fri. Sept. 13 (CAT)

The two cameras are located at:
1. Pete's Pond in Botswana at Mashatu Game Reserve. Right now they are awaiting a repair to the camera
http://lite.wildearth.tv/petes-pond/ (http://lite.wildearth.tv/petes-pond/)

2. The waterhole at Djuma Private Game Reserve.
http://lite.wildearth.tv/djuma-waterhole/ (http://lite.wildearth.tv/djuma-waterhole/)

Enjoy and please ask any questions you may have.

Again welcome  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Inyati Game Lodge
Post by: BBE on September 18, 2013, 09:05:33 PM
Sept. 13 from Inyati Game Lodge.

Inyati Game Lodge is located on the far left of the protruding part of Sabi Sands:

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2866/9765223663_bb7b48c128_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9765223663/)

Beautiful photo of the Othawa Lion Pride:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/9812251953_fa7857edbe.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9812251953/)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3803/9812252083_e3e6303c92.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9812252083/)

Ref: from the Othawa Pride timeline on FB

Quote
We are 3 lionesses born in 2007. Our fathers were the Mapogos. Our 2 brothers haven't been seen in a long time. 'Othawa' came from the name of the Robson farm. Some people refer to us as the Othawa/Robson pride.
We are the Othawa Pride. 'Othawa' came from the name of the Robson farm. Some people refer to us as the Othawa/Robson pride
We consist of 3 females & 2 males (living separately). Our fathers are the Mapogos. We were born in 2007.
We have been mating with the new kings..the Selatis.

Pride status May 22, 2013 - 3 lionesses. And 8 cubs born to 2 lionesses approx. April 1 2013

:eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: Cawatcher on September 18, 2013, 09:13:16 PM
wow ty BBE that is awesome!!
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on September 18, 2013, 09:35:18 PM
Hi Cali, U R welcome.

Sept. 15 from Tau Lodge - Mom and baby ellie posted by Gabi H.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/9812478435_5806c7f29e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9812478435/)

More info, map and cam site for Tau Game Lodge (which is not in Sabi Sands) can be found HERE. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=284.msg133146#msg133146)
 
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Arathusa
Post by: BBE on September 18, 2013, 10:16:04 PM
This was just posted in past week. From Arathusa on Sept. 4th.

 Lions Attack.   (http://arathusa.co.za/lions-attack/)

Styx Lioness
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7411/9813012214_590f0738e2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9813012214/)

Short video clip showing the chase.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t2w6rbSO_M
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on September 18, 2013, 10:29:17 PM
Arathusa posted the above news from Sept. 4 in a separate blog.

The full blog for Sept. 2 - 8th with lions, a cheetah, ellies etc. is  HERE.   (http://arathusa.co.za/rangers-diary-2-8-september-2013-2/)

Sept. 6 - Mvula
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2826/9813193016_7c32182bba.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9813193016/)

From Sept. 7th - Styx Pride resting:
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9813195803_40c6c5be37.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9813195803/)

 :thumbup:

Sept. 22 - added the photo of the cheetah and one ellie.

One ellies from the small breeding herd.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5488/9885086036_d3896f5a04.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9885086036/)

And - - - - a beautiful Cheetah
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7351/9885085756_d30b183993.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9885085756/)

The blog with all the photos and narrative is located  HERE.  (http://arathusa.co.za/rangers-diary-2-8-september-2013-2/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on September 18, 2013, 10:35:22 PM
And in the past week Arathusa encountered the Majinge brothers x 4. Such a warm greeting with brotherly love. I wonder where they had all been.  :question

Maybe with the Styx, Nkuhuma or the Mhangeni (formerly known as Tsalala Break Away) lionesses

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yp03BN8VOE

Good night all.  :sleeping
Title: Re: Sights & News From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on September 22, 2013, 03:58:49 PM
This photo was posted this photo in the past couple of days. Anthony Goldman took it in Aug. 2013. - near Londolozi.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/9884726843_de03cc5657.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9884726843/)

I commented on the photo asking if the female was 'BB' (looks too young and she died on Aug. 15.) or her daughter the 'younger' tailless Tsalala. Anthony was kind enough to answer that he took the photo around the 24th; so the female was 'BB's daughter.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7457/9884726973_bcf399efdc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9884726973/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on September 22, 2013, 04:22:27 PM
Sept. 22 - I have just added two more photos from Arathusa Safari Lodges blog for Sept. 2 - 8 HERE.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg138622#msg138622)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Simbambili, Leopard Hills and Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on September 22, 2013, 04:52:30 PM
These were all posted on FB between Sept. 17 - 19th.

Sept. 17 by Richard Sachse at Simbambili Game Lodge.
Adorable little ellie.  :eclove
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3830/9885635103_10821fbfc7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9885635103/)

Sept. 19 by Johan de la rey at Leopard Hills
Cheetah family
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5539/9885635373_7937b5c82b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9885635373/)

Sept. 19 - 21 at Cheetah Plains
This could add tension to the 'cats' dominance in parts of Sabi Sands.  :ecrolleyes  :nod2 
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5449/9885634983_4e4ece55f9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9885634983/)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Mashatu Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on September 22, 2013, 05:23:46 PM
Aug. report from Mashatu Game Reserve  HERE.   (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2013/09/game-report-august-2013/)

One of the photos of Cheetah Mom and cubs.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3739/9885817476_138d4eaa5a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9885817476/)

Tug of war between female leopard and her son (in the tree):(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3799/9886175385_9f660f26f7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9886175385/)

Sub-adult cub from the 'Pride of 11'. (by 'Alienor')
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3799/9886175395_a832354156.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9886175395/)

 :ty
Title: Re: A Rare Sighting From Linyanti Concession in Botswana
Post by: BBE on September 22, 2013, 05:57:25 PM
Sean Crane is a photographer with Africa Geographic. In Sept. he went on safari to the Linyanti Concession in Botswana, HERE.  (http://okavango-delta.botswana.co.za/linyanti-concession.html)

What an unbelieveable day when he saw and watched a 'Leopard Stalk a Pangolin',   HERE.   (http://blog.africageographic.com/africa-geographic-blog/wildlife/wildlife-and-nature/leopard-stalks-pangolin/)

Quote
Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are very rare and might only be spotted every few years by a tracker and guide who are in the bush every day (incidentally, it is not an anteater at all, but does kind of look like one covered in armour).
 
Rarer still than a pangolin, is a pangolin being stalked by a leopard.

Our guide told us that it had been twenty years since he had witnessed such a thing. In this case, the stalker was a one year old cub. The cub didn’t quite know what to do with the strange animal. She was probably seeing one for the first time herself.

Three of the many photos from Sean's blog.

Pangolin
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5481/9886575816_338b4f0b28.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9886575816/)

Leopard stalking pangolin.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3809/9886289996_443a3d5574.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9886289996/)

Leopard tries to play with pangolin.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2882/9886575856_7edf0e037c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9886575856/)

Off side - when I went on an African safari in Sept. 2008, for two days we were about 3 miles from the Linyanti Concession. No, we didn't see a pangolin.
Some of you may remember that Seb Rombi of the WE drives chatted about wanting to see a pangolin (didn't happen).  :eclol
 


Many thanks to Sean Crane from sharing his experience on FB.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on September 22, 2013, 11:22:20 PM
Sept. 15 (I missed this one) :nope

Louis Liversage took this photo of 'Shadow' (female Tingana) at Elephant Plains.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7344/9891418223_a783ae6188.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9891418223/)

She was also seen there on the 10th.  Shadow looks well.
 
:thumbup:
Title: Re: Sighting of Induna
Post by: BBE on September 24, 2013, 08:38:48 PM
On Sept. 23 the guides from 'Honeyguide Tented Camp' in Manyeleti Game Reserve posted a photo on FB. They were testing the memory of leopard fans. A very quick and correct response.

This is a new site to me:   
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/9926744063_d14a209d42.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9926744063/)

Site of Manyeleti Game Reserve in relation to KNP and Sabi Sands. Green area directly above 'Sabi Sand Game Reserve': 
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2873/9926880186_74d37f23a3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9926880186/)

The big question and speedy reply:  :eclol
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3666/9926743973_d67ff56046.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9926743973/)

That's our boy Induna (Mixo's brother), who hasn't been seen for a while.  Still as handsome as ever  :nod2 eclove
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/9926743873_c1e8e77aa9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/9926743873/)

Thanks Honeyguide team.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: luvthebirds on September 25, 2013, 11:40:47 PM
I am so glad to hear that Induna seems to be doing well.  So good to see him.  :heart

 :ty  BBE
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2013, 04:51:14 PM
In early/mid Sept. Bob Cooper and his wife were at Arathusa.  These are some of his beautiful photos of leopards - all from Karula's family.

We have Karula, one of her daughters, the other daughter's son and one of Karula's cons from her last litter.  :eclove

La Diva - Karula
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2874/10060758875_92fe3f9b4b_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10060758875/)

Tingana (Shadow) twin sister to Saseka (Thandi) from Karula's first litter.(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5509/10060759135_27aa9a55f7_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10060759135/)

This is one of Karula's latest two male cubs
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2862/10060758865_e46a38bb98_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10060758865/)

Buhuti - son of (Thandi/Saseka)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3773/10060759245_237881e9b2_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10060759245/)

 :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2013, 05:10:46 PM
Ranger's Diary from Arathusa for Sept. 15 - 22.

Located: HERE  (http://arathusa.co.za/rangers-diary-15-22-september-2013/)
Sightings included:
Lions - Matimba, Styx, Nkuhuma and a lone Majingilane.
Leopards - Mvula, Xivambalana, Wabayiza, Thandi (Saseka), and Buhuti (Thandi's son)

Some of the photos they posted
Xivambalana
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/10061245995_a42b850f7d_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10061245995/)

Nkuhumas
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3744/10061245835_4186aca1b5_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10061245835/)

Matimba lions
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2878/10061245675_b54672f9c9_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10061245675/)

And, to make me smile:
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2885/10061327024_0f83aca7e4_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10061327024/)

 :thumbup: Many thanks to Arathusa's Rangers.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2013, 05:23:23 PM
Karin van der Merwe took these delightful photos at Nkorho Sept. 28 and Oct.1.

Sept. 28
Thandi (Saseka)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5511/10061397434_d5c5810ac2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10061397434/)

Buhuti (Thandi's son)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3788/10061397524_fa5363856d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10061397524/)

Oct. 1 - Thandi and son Buhuti
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7313/10061397534_fa5363856d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10061397534/)
Title: Re: Interesting Blog re Leopards Mating at Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2013, 05:59:25 PM
Chapter 1 of the saga involving the male leopard Mvula (father of Karula's last litter), Kwatile (the Southern female leopard) and Karula.

This photo from my post at http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg138831#msg138831 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg138831#msg138831) from mid Sept. 2013 shows Mvula and Kwatile mating. 
Lady Karula was watching them. She was not amused.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7433/10062000455_7b8a9c7e1b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10062000455/)

Chapter 2 - About this time in Sept. 2012, Mvula and Kwatile mated and Karula was watching.  Mvula had also mated several times with Karula. As far as all are concerned, Mvula is the father of Karula's male cubs born in mid Dec. 2012.

History Repeats Itself HERE.     (http://www.cheetahplains.com/news/entry/field-guide-favourites-history-repeats-itself)
Posted on Sept. 30. Written by Justin Glanvill, Field Guide at Cheetah Plains.

In 2012 at about this time Justin wrote a blog about
Quote
the Southern female leopard, Kwatile, who mated with Mvula, the dominant male leopard in that area. At that time, they were followed around during their mating process, by the female leopard Karula. This year, around the same time, it happened again.

It was amazing to be able to spent some time watching this highly ritualised behaviour, but to our amazement, we then noticed another leopard moving in to the area. It was our dominant female leopard Karula, and who was definitely upset by the intrusion into her territory by the other female.
 
Although she kept her distance, she was scent marking profusely, and continuously rasping again, all the while salivating heavily. This behaviour is highly territorial and done to reinforce the dominant females mark on her territory.

Justin's blog gives an excellent description with photos of the mating process between Mvula and Kwatile.
A couple of the photos are labelled 'Lordosis'. I looked up that term and it is a physical sexual posture seen in female mammals, the primary characteristic of which is a ventral arching of the spine[/quote].
Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lordosis_behavior (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lordosis_behavior)

This picture shows Kwatile with her back arched and Mvula lying beside her
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2849/10061735775_9e34808529_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10061735775/)

Karula follows Mvula and Kwatile after the mating.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7374/10061536385_22c6bb3bcc_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10061536385/)

Cubs in about 3 or so months  :question
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on October 06, 2013, 09:48:24 AM
Oct. 5 at Nkorho Bush Lodge afforded Karin van der Merwe and all guests with fanatasric leopard and lion sightings.

It appears that Thandi (Saseka) and her handsome son Buhuti have made this area their home.

Thandi
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5332/10120537043_020f2333b7_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10120537043/)

Buhuti
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5520/10120536713_3069d7097a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10120536713/)

A Nkuhuma male was seen with Styx females and youngsters
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3683/10120537083_647ae555b9_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10120537083/)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2827/10120537053_a761f0f11a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10120537053/)

Awesome day, thanks Karin.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on October 24, 2013, 10:10:28 PM
Oct. 19 - Karula and one of her cubs on a nyala kill

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7358/10469851324_449e98c0cc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10469851324/)

Oct. 22 - Rain, rain go away  40 mm overnight = 1.57 inches.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5548/10469851444_ab20cd4c04.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10469851444/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on October 24, 2013, 10:20:58 PM
Oct. 19 - Leopards - Xivambalana turned up

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3824/10469933456_f869e49bc2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10469933456/)

and the next day his Mother (Karula) was there. Is she snarling/ sawing maybe calling Xivambalana's brothers?

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3717/10469933466_551c003690.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10469933466/)


Oct. 22 - Lions -  the Mhangeni Pride (formerly known as the 'Tsalala Breakaway Pride' appeared.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/10469933646_5dac217d52.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10469933646/)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/10469933576_9fc06faa6a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10469933576/)

Thanks Arathusa team  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on October 24, 2013, 10:35:37 PM
Oct. 17 and Karin took some awesome / beautiful photos of Buhuti; son of Thandi (Saseka).

Yes, I managed to get the kill into the tree - hopefully safe from hyenas   :question
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5524/10470038684_c3869c1416.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470038684/)

I'm getting full
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3783/10470038854_11981c48e7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470038854/)

Chillin' out (before or after meal)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5520/10470038694_f39ed30972.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470038694/)

Clean up time: Buhuti, you missed some blood on your nose, keep washing.   :nod2
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7361/10470038864_26de496fe9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470038864/)

Time for a nap -  :offtobed
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3828/10470038974_32751b6aca.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470038974/)

AND

Oct. 21 - a beautiful sunrise over Nkorho.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3740/10470038984_f6fc8335e5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470038984/)

Karin is a great photographer - thank you so much for sharing.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on October 24, 2013, 10:49:57 PM
From Sept. 9 - Male Tingana by Devon Sean Becker.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3685/10470192956_6ef0730025.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470192956/)

Sept. 16 - a lady we haven't seen for a few weeks- Salayexe, by Dawie Jacobs.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5503/10470193036_a24956e882.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470193036/)

Sept. 16 - a mad looking Nkuhuma male - by Dawie Jacobs
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7295/10470193116_0a8874b248.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470193116/)

Oct. 21 - Salayexe in the tree by Dawie Jacobs
But - what are the jigga passengers looking at - not Salayexe??

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7393/10470193196_2fb6108dd3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10470193196/)

Thanks all  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on October 24, 2013, 10:57:24 PM
Please, if anyone sees photos of the leopards etc. on a facebook page; feel free to add them to the topics here.  For the next 6 - 7 weeks I'll likely not be checking FB and only here maybe once a week.

After 22 years I am moving. Only about 4 miles (if that) from where I am now. So packing etc. etc.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/10460682483_7890f85376_t.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10460682483/)

 :v
Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on October 29, 2013, 11:32:52 PM
Oct. 28 at Elephant Plains

Handsome 'Buhuti' (son of Thandi/Saseka)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3723/10569457256_65cf4c08c6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10569457256/)
Photo taken by Morne Fouche.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Idubi Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on November 03, 2013, 08:02:48 AM
Rob (the Ranger) posted this in the past couple of days.

Do you remember the first lions we saw? The Mapogos.   Well, here is a video of 8 of their grandchildren. They are adorable and look extremely healthy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qLikddG2ok

Selati Males Info is link HERE.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1088.msg101900#msg101900)

Othawa Pride. This is information about them from Facebook.
Quote
About We are 3 lionesses born in 2007. Our fathers were the Mapogos. Our 2 brothers haven't been seen in a long time. 'Othawa' came from the name of the Robson farm. Some people refer to us as the Othawa/Robson pride.

Biography
We are the Othawa Pride. 'Othawa' came from the name of the Robson farm. Some people refer to us as the Othawa/Robson pride
We consist of 3 females & 2 males (living separately). Our fathers are the Mapogos. We were born in 2007.
We have been mating with the new kings..the Selatis.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: linused on November 03, 2013, 10:44:21 AM
Hi BBE,   sweet video of these rascally cubs.  Thank you for all the lovely photos and videos of your african families   :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on November 09, 2013, 09:55:50 PM
From Arathusa - Ranger's Diary from Oct. 14 - 20, 2013

Link to the Diary HERE   (http://arathusa.co.za/rangers-diary-14-20-october/)

Leopards and Lions all photos posted here were taken by Dries-Jordaan.

Oct. 14 - A pregnant Shadow (female Tingana).
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3781/10771660894_1c679c5bdd_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771660894/)

Oct. 16
Karula and one of her male cubs.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5544/10771660754_bc9621f315_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771660754/).

Mvula.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5521/10771661024_e50fdf3c54_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771661024/)

Buhuti (son of Thandi/Saseka) with duiker kill.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/10771661034_c34fc5b4e5_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771661034/)

Oct. 17 - Matimba lions.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5490/10771661204_a354b7527f_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771661204/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on November 09, 2013, 10:11:18 PM
Ranger's Diary for Oct. 23 - 28, 2013

Leopards, leopards, everywhere leopards  :eclove

Mvula
'Chillin out'
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5520/10771754125_4dbf3cebe7_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771754125/)

With a waterbuck kill.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3754/10771753965_68604c159c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771753965/)

Buhuti
With impala kill.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3710/10771753675_fd572d9fe1_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771753675/)

With his mother, Thandi (Saseka).
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7417/10771753795_a12c0d8248_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771753795/)

Shadow (female Tingana)
Reports are that she is pregnant. In one picture she does, but not this one  :question
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2872/10771753975_7f36394a08_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10771753975/)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on November 09, 2013, 10:40:55 PM
A wonderful and beautiful sighting on Nov. 4 at Elephant Plains.

Salayexe and she looks so healthy.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3687/10772156526_923c37bf86.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10772156526/)

Photo by Devon Becker

 :heart
Title: Re: Sights & News From Simbambili
Post by: BBE on November 09, 2013, 10:53:53 PM
Nov. 2 from Simbambili Game Lodge

First sighting of newest Tsalala Pride Cubs.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2864/10772338264_4f0d3cf6af_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10772338264/)

Photo by Richard Sachse.

Talk about an adorable/sweet/cute photo.  :wub     

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: linused on November 10, 2013, 01:47:01 AM
Oh boy are these tykes cute.  These portraits are beautiful, I love the photo of Buhuti and Thandi. :heart     Many thanks BBE
Title: Re: Sights & News From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on November 11, 2013, 07:38:14 PM
Londolozi blog posted on Nov. 9, 2013 HERE.   (http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/11/an-unfamiliar-lion-pride/)

Excerpts in quotes are from the blog written by Mike Sutherland.

Quote
The Styx Pride. This pride tend to dominate land in the North Eastern section of the Sabi Sands, and have a very small portion of their territory on Londolozi, in our Northern section, Marthly.

Leaving the lodge early in the morning and telling guests about a mission we are about to embark on, not just any drive, one that will see us venturing to the corners of the property, to see who has entered and who has left.

One such morning a few days ago, it was an adventure to an area called Gowrie Corner, our North Eastern boundary, for sign of anything out of the ordinary. The results proved worthy of the risk.
 
Upon approaching the corner, of our reserve limits, which sees other private reserves, neighbours, who like Londolozi, have their own land, however not separated by fences, merely a road to tell us our limit, I got a sense of the true wilderness, this area is not often traversed, it is wild, it is open and it is alone. [/quote]

1. Staring down as buffalo herd in the distance.(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/10811871076_96ae536076_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10811871076/)

2. Planning the attack.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5540/10811871176_cd85ee406d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10811871176/)

3. Two male lions are avbout 3 years old and are offspring of the Majingilane Coalition.  :nod2
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/10811871196_60824c79cf_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10811871196/)

4. Taking turns to lead the way.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3774/10811871316_0cc0e778e5_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10811871316/)

5. Siblings, for now; through thick and thin.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7460/10811871336_7d19dd7308_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10811871336/)

6. Edging closer to the buffalo herd, but also the boundary.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3811/10811871346_ceea896f3e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10811871346/)

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As the bush would have it, the Lions crossed onto a neighbouring reserve on the trail of the Buffalo and we were never to know the outcome of their morning, however, like some novels, the story is meant to keep you guessing.


What a wonderful drive and to see the beautiful Styx ladies and handsome males (the latter definitely have the Majingi genes.)  :ecsmile

:thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on November 11, 2013, 08:08:16 PM
On Nov. 10, 2013 Marianna Gdanis a guest at Londolozi posted this blog HERE.    (http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/11/marriana-gdanis/)

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Marianna Gdanis and Alan Griffiths were with us again recently and I am sure you will remember their last post, 'highlights of safari', HERE in Aug. (http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/08/highlights-of-safari/) and be pleased to know that Marianna is sharing her pictures from their most recent visit with us! After some amazing sightings such as the Tsalala pride with their cubs, watching the male cheetah on an unsuccessful hunt, Marianna had a number of pictures to sort through before deciding which ones to send through to us and here they are.

Tutlwa (male leopard) who I've not heard of.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/10812499815_c7afef5729_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10812499815/)

One of the 5 mon. old cubs in the Mhangeni Pride (formerly Tsalala Breakaway Pride)
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2854/10812499805_b0df1835c4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10812499805/)

Oh my, what big teeth you have. 'Open wide and say 'Ah'.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2845/10812499315_829c220c3d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10812499315/)

Wow, what a beautiful photo of a male cheetah.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3831/10812500185_b700baa387_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10812500185/)

'Dark mane' - one of the Majingilane Coalition.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5483/10812499085_8b3e83313c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10812499085/)

Marianna thnk you for sharing these super photographs.  :flower
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on November 14, 2013, 09:03:44 AM
Hi there,

This appeared today on FB's 'Djuma Group'. Written on Oct. 26 by Justin Glanvill (Field Guide at CP) HERE.   (http://www.cheetahplains.com/news/entry/field-guide-favourites-the-hunt-for-the-nkuhuma-male-lion)

The Nkuhuma male is encroaching on the territory dominated by the Matimba Males (6) and the Majingilane Coalition (4).

Snippets from Justin's blog:
Quote
The Nkuhuma male lion has been having a good run in our areas of operation as of late, but it seems that the dominant male lions in the area have had enough and are out looking for him.

Our area is dominated by two different coalitions of male lions, the Matimbas in the North, consisting of 6 males, and the Majingilanes in the South, consisting of 4 males. Both coalitions have more than enough territory and haven’t had any major altercations as of yet.

Only time will tell how this is going to pan out, I suspect the Nkuhuma males days are numbered, and when he gets caught by either coalition, he will probably be fighting a losing battle, where the outcome is almost inevitable. I also suspect that should any of his bouts of mating with the Styx be successful, the cubs wont make it, as both coalitions of males will destroy the cubs in order to have an opportunity to mate with the females and get their own gene lines going forward.

Eleven super photos. Click on one and then they will run as a slideshow.  Sorry for not posting pics. My program needs to tweaked; which is not on my 'to do list' for a couple of days.   :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on November 15, 2013, 08:59:34 PM
Found a free hour  :mhihi  So four of the eleven photos taken at Cheetah Plains by Justin Glanvill - see above.

The first three I am guessing at the ID's.   :hmmm

Matimba's.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2863/10880123594_481c39a82c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10880123594/)

Majingilane Males.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/10880123774_138fe7e031_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10880123774/)

Nkuhuma Male.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/10880123764_00127b36f6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10880123764/)

No question of ID here. Nkuhuma Male and Styx female doing 'a what comes naturally'.  :ohno
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/10880048016_08275e833b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10880048016/)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa Safari Lodge
Post by: BBE on November 17, 2013, 10:30:12 PM
Nov. 15 or 16th Karula's sons were seen playing at Arathusa.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5492/10920703574_75b385ff42.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/10920703574/)

Photo taken and posted by Sean Gilbert of the Arathusa team.

The 'cubs' are almost a year old now. I wonder who will name them?

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on November 22, 2013, 09:52:33 PM
Two superb photos of the Nkuhuma Male. Posted Nov. 20 by Louis Liversage on the Elephant Plains FB Timeline.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/11004897824_b566fd4c4b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11004897824/)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/11004897794_d4bb129077.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11004897794/)

Thank you Louis for sharing.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on November 22, 2013, 10:06:21 PM
Karin van der Merwe is back from a break and look who was waiting for her   :heart

Nov. 22. One handsome leopard.
Xivambalana seemingly has decided (for now at least) that he likes it around Nkorho Bush Lodge area. Wise move, keeps him ouut of Mvula's area and possible confrontations.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/11005030154_a4f69e7308.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11005030154/)

And - a super close-up of his face, complete with his red/pink nose.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7297/11004902366_7b4eaa1e4d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11004902366/)

Karin - thank you so much for all your wonderful photos.   :flower
Title: Re: Sights & News From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on November 22, 2013, 10:46:34 PM
Nov. 22 Blog from James Tyrrell at Londolozi HERE.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/11/the-week-in-pictures-104/)

Majingilane Male Coalitioin (all four of them), Mhangeni Pride (Tsalala-Breakaway), adorable few days old elephant, White-faced ducks, Bee-eaters and more!!

Some teasers for you  :eclol

White-faced ducks.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3690/11005340134_975e9ddd3f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11005340134/)

A few days old elephant.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5475/11005339834_903d65beb6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11005339834/)

Mhangeni cubs looking a tad wet :eclove
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3740/11005339984_cb8588a289.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11005339984/)

All four Majingilane brothers.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2877/11005339824_f4489466d7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11005339824/)

 :ecsmile    :offtobed
Title: Re: Sights & News From Mashatu Game Reserve
Post by: BBE on November 28, 2013, 09:54:25 PM
Oops,  my computer files need to be worked on!

Nov. 13 - Elephant Update from Mashatu

You all know my love for the elephants.  Some cool pics to be seen HERE.   (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/11/elephant-update-13-october-2012/)

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on November 28, 2013, 10:31:27 PM
Arathusa Ranger Diary for Nov. 18 - 24m 2013 is HERE.  (http://arathusa.co.za/rangers-diary-18-24-november-2013/)

Mvula
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3805/11112404666_91dace7117.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11112404666/)

Salayexe - who looks so well  :eclove
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7403/11112404116_305ac0b628.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11112404116/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/11112404256_40159ebb39.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11112404256/)

Styx Male
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7378/11112404436_8e188cc175.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11112404436/)

Styx female and Nkuhuma male - resting
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3820/11112404606_77726061f7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11112404606/)

Styx Pride: Male and female.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/11112404596_faf4ccd3b3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11112404596/)

All photos were taken by Dries Jordaan.

 :thumbup:

Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on November 28, 2013, 10:47:11 PM
Three photos between Nov. 17 - 24 by Devon Becker and the cheetahs by Louis Liversage.

Cheetah and cub(s)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7319/11112606575_74f76c9579.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11112606575/)

Styx females
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5530/11112606755_88e2e9fd33.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11112606755/)

Salayexe (at night)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7323/11112607245_31f2713c18.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11112607245/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Londolozi
Post by: BBE on November 30, 2013, 04:30:36 PM
Just found this Londolozi blog in my messy files. Lovely story and delightful video of the Mhangeni Pride cubs playing on a log.
From Oct. 28, 2013  HERE.  (http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/10/the-log/)

If you prefer this is the YouTube link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exHFddN-LAw 

 :eclol    :heart


Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on November 30, 2013, 06:05:52 PM
Nov. 27, 2013 by Justin Glanvill

La Diva has not one, but two impala kills in a tree. As her sons are or are about to turn 1 year old -they are hungry young lads.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/11143113233_f973e9fa72_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11143113233/)

Happy birthday to Karula's twin boys.

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho
Post by: BBE on November 30, 2013, 06:07:01 PM
Nov. 29, 2013 at Nkorho
 
'Handsome is as handsome does' = Xivambalana
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2862/11143031774_e64368a403_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11143031774/)

 :thumbup: to Karin van der Merwe
Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on December 11, 2013, 03:47:08 PM
The leopards are roaming to various places.

These are from Dec. 2 and 9th.

Dec. 2 Kwatile
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7341/11330715515_516c936c66_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11330715515/)
Photo by Morne Fouche

Salayexe, who looks great.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7401/11330715785_6874022e6a_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11330715785/)
Photo by Morne Fouche

Dec. 9 - Mvula, who continues to mate with Kwatile (will Karula watches from a respectable distance).
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7405/11330715795_8a3cfedd30_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11330715795/).
Photo by Louis Liversage
Title: Re: Sights & News From Chitwa Chitwa
Post by: BBE on December 11, 2013, 04:02:32 PM
On Dec. 4 'Wabayiza', Thandi and Mvula's son born in 2010 was seen on a termite mound at Chitwa Chitwa.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7376/11331051923_fe873a9c0a_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11331051923/)

Handsome looking leopard. Some of you may remember when we saw him with Xivambalana on a WE drive at either Twin Dams or ?
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on December 11, 2013, 09:26:38 PM
From Nov. 29 by Karin van der Merwe - -

A Martial Eagle catches a Monitor lizard
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3782/11334201984_ca05cc10f7_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334201984/)

It has been 'raining' leopards and now apparently lions.

Dec. 2 - Buhuti (Thandi's son).
On an impala kill
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2857/11331166216_c4798755b7_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11331166216/)

Quenching his thirst
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3672/11331166386_9c5179dd69_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11331166386/)

Surveying the area before having a short nap
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7379/11331166396_e2d9a65471_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11331166396/)

Dec. 2 - A wildebeest Mother with her few hours old calf.  :heart
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5498/11334201954_a681e782e1_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334201954/)

Many thanks Karin for the great photos you share to all.

 :eclove
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on December 11, 2013, 09:50:31 PM
The lowering of 'boundaries' in the area results in sometimes seeing leopards or lions we've not seen before. This was such an experience.

I have heard of the 'Fourways Lion Pride' but only seen the occasional photo of them from MalaMala.

They do have a FB page (started in 2008)and this is the information about them:

Quote
This pride gets their name from the Fourways open area in the northern reaches of the Matshipiri River (Mala Mala.

Biography
2 females
 1 sub adult females Born June/July 2010
 1 sub adult male Born June/July 2010
 1 sub adult male rejoined them Aug 2012 appears a bit older than the other subs.
 1 sub adult male Joined the pride May 2013. Similar age to the eldest sub adult male.

Dec. 5 at Nkorho Bush Lodge

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3714/11334243705_be48b107a9_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334243705/)

Adult female
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5493/11334244035_0b6f1a6791_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334244035/)

Two males and a female.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3688/11334243855_63e1d7d4d0_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334243855/)

Same of different female.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7291/11334243735_a5b35b5d55_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334243735/).

Up a tree
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2837/11334244055_1ea5386cd7_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334244055/)

Happy Tourists
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3730/11334508964_3ec711c7fa_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334508964/)

Karin  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathuasa
Post by: BBE on December 11, 2013, 10:00:39 PM
Dec. 5 saw Xivambalana resting atop a termite mound at Arathusa.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2827/11334578766_a5bbe0e0fe_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334578766/)

He certainly is his Mother's son - with markings.

 :thumbup: to Dries Jordaan.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on December 11, 2013, 10:15:12 PM
Dec. 8

Justin Glanvill (Field Guide) posted a photo and comment re Karula on FB.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/11334619746_43a35502f2_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334619746/)

Many comments were posted by knowledgeable Karula fans.  Were there other vehicles? Were they too close?   Was she protecting her now year old (and unnamed) cubs? On the WE drives I only recall her snarling once and that was because another vehicle came too close.   She always felt comfortable around the 'Jigga' and the crew.  Maybe now the boundaries have been dropped, other areas are not as respectful as WE gang was ?

And on Dec. 11 Buhuti wandered over to the Cheetah Plains. He looks quite relaxed up in a tree. Check out the length of his paws / feet.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/11334619926_73671fe25e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334619926/)
Photo also by Justin Glanvill.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on December 11, 2013, 10:27:48 PM
Late evening Dec. 11 (CAT) Karin posted there were lions about. Maybe Matimbas, Majingi and ? Styx.

Comments were poste don FB that folks hoped they all played nicely etc. Africam camera has been a little out of focus.   One member posted a photo in profile that was definitely a lion. I posted this one as one could hear very upset birds (geese and ?) and see vehicle lights.   I asked if the red circle might contain a lion, as growling could be heard.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7392/11334759396_8b82b622cc_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/11334759396/)

At that point I had to vacate the computer as the movers were here to pack me up for tomorrow's move to a new abode.

But, I'll scoot back to FB now and see if there is any update.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: linused on December 11, 2013, 10:34:48 PM
Boy Karula couldn't be more clear could she.
  What a shame she has been pushed past her comfort zone by disrespectful humans.  Her disgust is clear. :ecsad
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: linused on December 11, 2013, 10:36:45 PM
Hope your move goes well BBE.
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on December 11, 2013, 10:59:15 PM
Hi there linused, I hope you are keeping well?

Re: Karula's 'hissy-fit'; after I left FB this morning there was another comment that 'leopards are wild creatures, so she was being wild'.

Re: Nkorho and all the lions;

I just checked Nkorho on FB. And initially Karin said
Quote
Nkuhuma male, Styx Pride and Matimba males all on Nkorho right now! Raining Lions!!!!

A little later when cam was focusing better she said there were
Quote
'Matimbas at the pan'
  And apparently while she was out on the drive the staff saw a couple of the Styx pride walk past her house.

Linused, thanks for the good wishes re move.

To all who pass this way; it is unlikely that I be near Facebook for up to 2 weeks. Moving, slowly unpacking, social activities and then away for Christmas.

Until I am here again I wish all of you a Merry Christmas / Happy Holiday Season  etc.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8306298176_9680cd2104_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/8306298176/)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Arathusa
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 03:18:21 PM
Happy New Year to all who may pass by here.  

While moving and getting settled I did manage some time reading FB and saved some photos from various reserves.  

These were taken at Arathusa by Sean Gilbert.

Jan. 1-  Salayexe at rest.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3788/12196873174_67bc1a9205.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12196873174/)

Jan. 6 - 'Big boy' Mvula
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2879/12196873314_103eb74501.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12196873314/)

Video of Mvula drinking at Arathusa from Jan. 6 or 7th.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fwo-Fc7314

Jan. 13 - Karula.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3755/12196873324_a8c4a6899d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12196873324/)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 03:59:43 PM
Next up on the list photos from Cheetah Plains. Justin Glanvill takes such beautiful pictures.

Dec. 23, 2013 - Karula and one of her boys out for a stroll.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3721/12197485946_71a2e3114f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12197485946/)

Jan. 1, 2014
One of the two Matimba lions seen is 'roaring' in the new year  :eclol
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/12197486056_b3d379ffcd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12197486056/)

Jan. 9 Karula and one of the cubs
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/12197486406_f3f6c2c57b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12197486406/)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/12197486216_86875e2a58.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12197486216/)
Karula peering out from behind son.

Given that we have now been informed that one boy is darker than the other - I am thinking this might be 'Q Male' (shortened version for 'Quarantine Male')

Jan. 12
Karula lying in a bed of Lion's Eye blossoms.**
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7440/12197486416_9407d2fb33.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12197486416/)

Thandi - (Shadow, one of Karula's oldest daughters)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7417/12197486586_71c845d793.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12197486586/)

** Ref. for Lion's Eye.  (http://focusonpictures.com/zuidafrika/bloemen/bloemen20.htm)
Title: Re: Sights & News From Cheetah Plains
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 04:14:48 PM
Oops, found I had forgotten this awesome photo by Justin Glanvill (Jan. 3).

Southern Carmine Bee-eater in flight

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2851/12197812366_70abaefca4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12197812366/)

Ref.  Southern Carmine Bee eater.    (http://www.arkive.org/southern-carmine-bee-eater/merops-nubicoides/#src=portletV3api)

Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 06:01:30 PM
Dec. 30, 2013. Both photos taken by Devon Sean Becker

All four Majingilane Males.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5494/12198819066_e6fd3f8491.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12198819066/)

Buhuti.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5509/12198819166_6f380f4406.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12198819166/)

Jan. 6. Two photos taken by Dawie Jacobs.
Male Tingana.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7362/12198819256_19c5006782.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12198819256/)

Mvula.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3804/12198819746_92124378b4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12198819746/)

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Title: Re: Sights & News From Elephant Plains
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 06:03:11 PM
More from Elephant Plains.

Jan. 6 -  One more by Dawie Jacobs
Buhuti.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7440/12198675633_ae0bfe9e41.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12198675633/)

Jan. 12. Three photos by Louis Liversage.

Female Styx.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5504/12198518153_e387afd797.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12198518153/)

Salayexe.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/12198819496_2b83625ba1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12198819496/)

Waterbuck and calf.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/12198517943_d64df44e15.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12198517943/)

Thanks Dawie, Sean and Louis.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 08:39:36 PM
Three photos from reserves we seldom see photos from.

Jan. 5
An absolutely beautiful photo of a male lion with his cubs.  A rare moment captured by Singita Game Reserve's photographer; Marlon du Toit.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5526/12200539466_850de9bbcf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12200539466/)

Jan. 14
A timeless photo of a baby elephant. Seen at San Park (in KNP) and photo by Elaine C.L.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2884/12200539566_e922ed372d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12200539566/)

Jan. 18
Beautiful Southern Masked Weaver. Photo posted by Genie B.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5475/12200539576_359060af7c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12200539576/)

Tau Game Lodge is situated in the Madikwe Nature Reserve in South Africa. Tau was one of the web's original waterhole cameras.
 
 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 08:45:42 PM
Nkorho Bush Lodge has had some awesome sightings since my last post.

I'm back - - -  I am going to do some of the pictures in groupings, not necessarily by day.

Birds
1. Dec. 14, 2013 - Violet-backed Starling. By Karen. There was pair there, but guessing this is a male; as male birds seem to have more colourful plumage etc.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5483/12210963383_44a63216ba.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12210963383/)

2. Jan. 19 x 2
Red-billed Hornbill caught a chameleon.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/12211237675_973dc79877.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211237675/)
By Izedin Edi Arnautovic, who recently spent some time at NBL. He is Freelance Photographer at izedin.ch in Switzerland. Izedin Arnautovic Photography

Red-breasted Koorhan,  by Karen.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7349/12211237815_df06e83bb9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211237815/)

3. Jan. 20 x 2
A pair of African Fish Eagles. By Jaces Bornman; who is now a Game Ranger at NBL and loves taking photos.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5541/12211677884_171a9d2d8e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211677884/)

Egyptian Geese.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5531/12211678154_718abf8276.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211678154/)

Egad   - I just re-looked at this photo. Was there really a crocodile at NBL or was this photo taken elsewhere? I used the jungle grapevine and asked about the crocodile. It was seen on Nkorho, but at a different pan from the one we see the Africam for Nkorho.

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Title: Re: Sights & News From Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 08:46:04 PM
Ellies and Skies over Sabi Sands

Jan. 17 - Very young Ellie. Do you see it - well hidden. :heart  Photo by a guest Damin Dallas
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2858/12211150295_8d64a6e6b9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211150295/)

Jan. 19 x 2
Sunrise.  By Karen.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/12211237275_0eaf4ae30a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211237275/)

Sunset.  By Karen
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3696/12211237285_690b8d1d31.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211237285/)

Jan 20 and 23.
Young ellie by Jaces.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7460/12211738064_2d117390fe.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211738064/)

Baby ellie by Jaces
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3801/12211738144_e7281c9aa0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211738144/)

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Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 08:46:24 PM
Next?  Lions

Jan. 9 and the Styx female and three adorable cubs put in an appearance. A guest, Spencer Mottus took and posted these two photos.  :thumbup:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3825/12210963893_665d4b2a6e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12210963893/)

Do you see the three cubs as well as Mum?  :eclove
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3802/12210963903_567068f075.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12210963903/)

Jan. 15 - 'Dark Mane' (one of the four Majingilane Male) by Damin Dallas (a guest).
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/12211149865_9f01b14482.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211149865/)

Jan 20 - Three Majingis. By Jaces.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7443/12211737934_308c6aa74c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211737934/)

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Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 08:48:36 PM
Whew - almost done  :mhihi

Here come the leopards   :nod2

Thandi (a.k.a. 'Saseka') and her son Buhuti

Jan. 8
Thandi. By Karen
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/12210963673_4bf136be25.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12210963673/)

Buhuti. By Karen.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/12210963503_4bc893d0e4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12210963503/)

Jan. 15
Buhuti. By Damin Dallas (a guest).
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3750/12211150075_4522ef9b9f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211150075/)

Jan. 17
Buhuti checks out a jackal. By Karen
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5522/12211150415_0b9af04a4b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211150415/)

More of Buhuti > > > >

Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 08:49:05 PM
More of Buhuti. By Jaces.  I love these three photos.   :heart   :eclove

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/12211677904_eda60a5a4d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211677904/)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3815/12211677964_4e7aea6c43.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211677964/)

All this and heaven too ?
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/12211677904_eda60a5a4d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211677904/)

One more set > > > >
Title: Re: Sights & News From Other Nkorho Bush Lodge
Post by: BBE on January 28, 2014, 08:49:33 PM
Yes, I guessed correctly.  :thumbup:  Last of 6 posts for Nkorho Bush Lodge

More leopards - Mvula, Breakaway (Mhangeni) cubs, and La Diva and her sons.

Jan. 8 - Mvula - the big boy.  By Karen
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5503/12210963513_69fb841aeb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12210963513/)

Jan. 12 - Karula, Kunyuma and Quarantine Male (a few days before they received their names). Karula on the right (thinner, smaller). Walking in tandem, look at the big paws. By Sean Gilbert.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5496/12211149695_bf7a766339.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211149695/)

Jan. 19 - Mvula on the prowl. By Jaces.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7345/12211237475_2d7c91d221.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211237475/)

Jan. 20 - Breakaway cubs (a.k.a. Mhangeni Pride). By Jaces.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3688/12211237945_0190b9d751.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/12211237945/)

As 'Porky the Pig' would say " "Th-th-th-that's all folks! .."  

Enjoy  :ecsmile  :eclove