Sightings for the month
Lion (Panthera leo)
First of all I want to tell you about the story of our pregnant Lioness, which it seems, is not so pregnant anymore. The reason I’m telling you this is because she has been spotted on a zebra kill on ‘Pad Sonder Naam’ in front of Site 31 on the 17th of December, in very thick vegetation. That would be in the Centre of the Reserve, not far from our Lodge though, in a Western direction. No one has seen her ever since.
Now the Lion that was seen mating with her has gone up the ridge in to that specific block, where the Lioness was last seen on a Zebra kill, several times from the opposite direction and then he will return to the plains in the centre of the reserve. Another thing is he would always do that in the Night time as we would always see his tracks in the morning and then ageing the tracks’ it would occur that it was a few hours old but because it had been raining most of the time we could not always follow his tracks and that is could also be one of the reasons why she is hiding the cubs, away from all the water so that they will stay warm and dry.
Just yesterday, the 4th of January, the Lionesses tracks have been spotted going up the same ridge and in the same direction as those of the Lion’s tracks before. Just yesterday the Lion was seen in thick vegetation close to the area where he walked in the valley towards the Lioness, as he was acting as the Body Guard.
Now there could be only one conclusion for our findings over the past 21 days. That She Has Cubs. We don’t know how many and when we will see them but I, Larrie Erasmus, will keep you up to date with anything that comes to light pertaining the litter of Cubs.
The other Lions, the 2 Lionesses and one Lion, in the North-Western parts of the park were also seen numerous times, Close to Manual Gate and West Gate. Where one Lioness moved down to the Central plains and was seen on Nkonkoni Plain on the 2nd of January.