We have had some excellent viewing over the past week at MalaMala. The flood has come and gone, and it’s back to business as usual. Once the Sand River had subsided and the lands had their saturated soil dry out, we were able to venture to previously inaccessible areas of the property and try to […]
Date of Birth: December 2000 Mother: Tavangume Female Father: Wallingford Male This leopard is a huge specimen, and must surely rank as one of the biggest of the leopards that roam the Sabi Sands. His tracks could even be mistaken for those of a lioness, if not closely inspected. He was born in the western […]
As a consequence of heavy rains over the past 48 hours, MalaMala Game Reserve has taken a decision to close the reserve with immediate effect and for a minimum of 5 days (to Saturday 26 January 2013). Over 196mm (7½ inches) of rain has fallen and many of the rivers and usually dry tributaries, including […]
Born: June 2006 Mother: Dudley female Father: Bicycle Crossing male In June 2006, the Dudley female gave birth to a litter of two male cubs. When the cubs were still young, they – and their mother – were feeding at a kill, which was sniffed out by hyenas. Confusion ensued, and the cubs were separated […]
Here are the sightings for the week ending Saturday 12 January: Number of lion sightings: 10 Number of leopard sightings: 13 Number of elephant sightings: 48 Number of buffalo sightings: 16 Number of wild dog sightings: 1 Number of cheetah sightings: 8 *Rhino sightings currently unavailable.
Our statistics of cheetah sightings over the past while has been exceptional. Considering that the species number fewer than three hundred in this vast six million acre expanse, and that the Sabi Sands does not provide ideal habitat for cheetahs, it is incredible that we are able to see as many as we do. We […]
Dominant male lions presiding over a pride will eject young males born to that pride as the youngsters mature. This can be a gradual process, with the fathers showing increased aggression towards the young males, until they eventually leave their natal pride. The young males can also leave their pride on their own terms after […]
Here are the sightings for the week ending Saturday 5 January: Number of lion sightings: 16 Number of leopard sightings: 17 Number of elephant sightings: 71 Number of buffalo sightings: 25 Number of wild dog sightings: 0 Number of cheetah sightings: 6 *Rhino sightings currently unavailable.
Date of Birth: December 2009 Mother: Kikilezi female Father: Bicycle Crossing male General: Born in a litter of three, her two siblings died at a young age. She was forced into independence by her mother in March 2011. In October of the same year, with her instincts of motherhood running high, she followed the mating […]
The West Street male and Newington male have had yet another interaction. The similarly aged leopards have had a few clashes in the past, as they attempt to establish themselves as territorial leopards. The Newington male has made more progress in this regard, and he has started to scent-mark. This is a huge step for […]