MalaMala highlights of the week

Photo by ranger Dan Bailey @daniel_charles_bailey

Photo by ranger Dan Bailey @daniel_charles_bailey

 

February 20th. 2 lion sightings: the Marthly pride were in front of Main Camp and the tailless lioness killed a young impala. The 2 Matshapiri males have joined the Eyrefield pride with all four cubs on their buffalo kills. Exciting news as the youngest lioness may have given birth very recently. Leopards: the DOKF 2:2 was at Campbell Koppies. There were 5 herds of buffalo seen today as well as a couple elephant herds.

February 19th. 4 lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride killed a sub adult buffalo as well as a calf south of West Street Bridge. 5 members of the Marthly pride are south of the Causeway. The unidentified pride are still down south. 4 young male lions are feeding off their buffalo south of Charleston North- the one male is still in very poor condition. 3 leopards: the Island female is on an impala kill south south of Donald’s Crossing. The Tamboti female and Treehouse male were also viewed, separately. 3 herds of buffalo were seen as well as many elephant sightings.

February 18th. 5 lion sightings: the 2 Matshapiri males, Eyrefield pride and their cubs are on a buffalo cow kill south of West Street Bridge. 5 members of the Marthly are still feeding off their kudu cow kill south of the Causeway. The unidentified pride are also still on their buffalo kill at Charleston Rock. The 6 members of the Fourways pride killed a sub adult buffalo close to the Windmill. 4 young male lions killed a buffalo south of Charleston North- we believe they are from the Talamati pride and one male is in very poor condition. 1 leopard: The DOKF 3:3 was in front of Main Camp. Cheetah: the 2 brothers are in the north east. A whopping 7 herds of buffalo were viewed and there were many elephant sightings.

February 17th. 3 lion sightings: the 2 Matshapiri males, Eyrefield pride and their cubs are south of West Street Bridge. The Marthly pride caught a kudu cow south of the Causeway. 2 male lions and 6 females are on a buffalo kill at Charleston Rock. The Fourways pride are also on a buffalo kill. 3 leopards: the Airstrip male was in Marthly. The Treehouse male was north of Maxim’s Lookout and the Bicycle Crossing male was at Styx Waterhole. Cheetah: the 2 brothers were at Clarendon Dam. 3 large herds of buffalo were viewed and there were many elephant sightings.

February 16th. 4 lion sightings: the Matshapiri males have joined the Eyrefield pride and their cubs- still feeding off the remains of their buffalo kill. The Marthly pride were in the Matshapari River- they almost never venture this far south and east. The Fourways lionesses were in eastern Flockfield. Unidentified lions are on a hippo kill in the south. 4 leopards: the newly named Accipiter male was at West Street. The Treehouse male and Tamboti female were at Maxim’s lookout. The DOKF 3:3 was viewed at Bicycle Crossing. A large herd of buffalo drank from the Sand River in front of Main Camp. There were many elephant sightings.

February 15th. There were numerous buffalo herds seen today all making there way to the Sand River, a sign that waterholes are drying up. 2 lion sightings: the Marthly pride were again found in the Sand River close to Main Camp this morning- later, while enjoying breakfast, a herd of buffalo came down to drink and we watched the lions make several failed attempts at catching one. The Eyrefield pride including 2 of the cubs were north of Rattray’s Camp- later in the day a huge herd of buffalo approached the river and the lionesses killed a large cow. 3 leopard sightings: the Tamboti female and the Treehouse male had an altercation over an impala kill- not surprisingly the male came out tops. The Kikilezi female was seen at Lower Mlowathi Crossing. An unidentified female was seen in the north east. Cheetah: a nervous individual was seen in eastern Flockfield. There were dozens of elephant sightings as well.

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