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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #255 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
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Re: From Londolozi
« Reply #256 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/

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/

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/

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/  
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 Taillessí 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/

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Re: From Mashatu Game Reserve
« Reply #257 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 - -  
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

   

Mashatu Game Reserve website is at - Mashatu Game Reserve - Land of Giants.
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
2. https://www.facebook.com/c4images.safaris
And about the photgraphic hides: http://www.c4photohides.com/

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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/

2. Nov. 28, 2012 - after the rains one more photo.
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/

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 momentís 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/

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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) 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/

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Re: From Mashatu Game Reserve
« Reply #258 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




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.

<iframe width="640" height="385" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HcrcKlBCohQ?fs=1&start=" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #259 on: December 12, 2012, 06:41:17 PM »
thank you BBE!!

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Re: From Mashatu Game Reserve
« Reply #260 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







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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #261 on: December 12, 2012, 07:02:34 PM »
Excellent!! can you imagine being this close!!??

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Re: From Mashatu Game Reserve
« Reply #262 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


Three Lion cubs at play on Dec. 4. :eclove


Now this would be a great way to see the area.  :biggrin3


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

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #263 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

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Re: From Cheetah Plains
« Reply #264 on: December 12, 2012, 09:37:42 PM »
Taken by Wim Vorster in early Dec. 2012




Wim he is a professional photographer who has spent considerable time in Sabi Sands.  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 Sabiís 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. Chiefís 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 Wimís website at  http://www.wildwebafrica.com/

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #265 on: December 13, 2012, 09:00:06 PM »
The long silence from Tara has a been broken.



http://tara-pirie.blogspot.ca/2012/12/seasons-greetings.html

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #266 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?



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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #267 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.
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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #268 on: December 14, 2012, 09:01:09 AM »
Here is the Narina Trogan she hears every morning

http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/trogon.htm

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Re: Sights & News From Other Reserves: Dec. 2011 -
« Reply #269 on: December 14, 2012, 09:04:55 AM »
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