Lion (Panthera leo)
A few things has happened to the Lions this month’ in terms of interacting with each other and we have one new arrival. Like I have mentioned in my last letter to you, the Lion from Dinokeng Private Game Reserve has been released as planned, he moved North-West into the thick vegetation. So no one have seen him since. The morning of the 9th of April, a very quiet morning though, I decided to go to the Central Eastern side of the Reserve, went up to site 20 and to site 9 from there. Keeping in mind that they have released the Dinokeng Lion a week ago and the predator Boma is not far away from site 9. We had a very good sighting of a white Rhino bull, in the open, that was very close to the vehicle and we drove off, (me thinking) having the drink stop, Coffee stop, and wanted to go to the open plains east of site 10’ and is the bush not too dense because no one drives there ever and deciding not to go to the borrow pit but to take the Road to the left towards the open plains but it is still very dense bushy are. All of a sudden my eye catches the outline of Animal Body.
The Lion, the Dinokeng Lion. Big, fed and muscular. I’m the first one to see him on the Reserve, the only words that echo in my head is Awesome, awesome, awesome… Everyone’s eyes were Wide open and pointing towards the Lion when I looked behind me. And up until now I’m the only one to have seen him and have pictures of the Lion.
The 2 Lionesses has met up again after the other one with the colour disappeared with the first Lion released on the Reserve and their bond is just as strong as when they separated, Hunting together and grooming each other since they rejoined and provided us with fantastic photographic opportunities.
The Lion released first on the Reserve is now roaming the southern plains and then the Lion that was released with the 2 Lionesses is slowly making his way down to N’konkoni Plains.
The Lioness with her 4 Cubs haven’t made her appearance yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as we get to see them. Hopefully they are unharmed, because that can be a possibility, for she’s alone and don’t have anyone else to help her look over the cubs.