Cyberdiary: The Kikilezi female and her cub do it yet again!

The view from up high - Matt Meyer

The view from up high - Matt Meyer

On the morning of the 14th November, rangers followed fresh drag-marks to the west of Campbell Koppies. Low and behold, the Kikilezi female was found in the presence of her cub, with a fully grown adult male impala carcass stashed amongst the rocks to the east of Mlowathi Koppies.

Resting before the big move - Matt Meyer

Resting before the big move - Matt Meyer

Over the next three days she was viewed with her cub, had interactions with hyenas, and killed another impala – but this time a freshly-born youngster. The cub elected to play with this new kill up and down in the tree, dropping it and dragging it, much to the irritation of his hardworking mother!

Almost lost it there - Matt Meyer

Almost lost it there! - Matt Meyer

Picking a better spot - Matt Meyer

Picking a better spot - Matt Meyer

Finding the easiest way down after the fall - Matt Meyer

Finding the easiest way down after the fall - Matt Meyer

The awkward dismount - Matt Meyer

The awkward dismount - Matt Meyer

Yet another entertaining day in the bush!

The MalaMala Ranger Team.

PLEASE NOTE: Animals on MalaMala are named after their territories. This means that a) only the predators have been given names and b) we only know the animals according to the names we have given them, as they are based on the territories within MalaMala’s boundaries.

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