Lion (Panthera leo)
She finally made her appearance with her four cups, although it was a mere 200m away from the vehicles.It was a good sighting as they were lying on a hill before they moved off to the other side, into the valley. It seems that they are gradually getting a little bit more habituated to the vehicles.
The Lioness decided to move south on the 29th of July. She met up with the Dinokeng Lion and we saw them mating for two days while the cubs was hidden somewhere.
After the Dinokeng Lion mated with the Welgevonden Lioness in the southern part of the reserve he made it well known to other Lions that he was there, by vocalizing a lot and marking the area, making it his territory.
Now here is something happening, because the Dinokeng Lion, the biggest Lion on the reserve Has been vocalizing in the south and the Tembe Lion has been vocalizing in the centre to North-Western part of the reserve and clearly these Lions can hear each other, they would stay in their area to avoid confrontation with each other. There for the Lion dinamics falls in place and we are going to have more cubs soon, with what I believe would be two prides of Lions again on Welgevonden. The Southern Pride and the Western Pride.
This young Lion has been living in the north western corner of the reserve and will eventually come down when he grows older and bigger and stronger, but for time being he stays on the sideline.
We have only seen the one sister this month and she has visited the Tembe Lion occasionally but have not been seen mating for he last 2 months. It seems like her mammary glands are a little bit swollen.
The other sister has not been seen lately and we believe that she is getting ready to have cubs as her stomach was very big and her mammary glands lactating. She was last seen 2 weeks ago in between site 16 and 17 in the centre of the reserve.