Thanks to Field Guide Sebastian, we were able to get this fantastic picture of two of the three young lion cubs of the Western Pride, having a blast in the tree top. At this age playing is the order of the day. Every move that Mum and Dad make gets assessed and processed by these critters for application in their adult lives one day. Lions are relatively good climbers when climbing up trees, but coming down is somewhat of a challenge. Unlike Leopards, climbing down for Lions could be painful at this age.
There is no shortage of Elephant sightings on the Welgevonden Reserve. The Elephant numbers recently increased as a new born elephant calf was seen walking next to Mum in the largest of the two breeding herds. Here you can see how the matriarch is signalling from the front for the rest to follow her. Such social and intelligent creatures are difficult to find elsewhere on the planet.
Leopards are Africa’s most elusive animals. They move about unseen even though they hunt and pursue their survival instincts daily. Despite any ranger’s best efforts, getting Leopard sighting is always a challenge. These magnificent creatures are just so clever that it seems that they are always one step ahead of us. Well not in the case below. Welcome to Clifftop where we try our utmost to give you sightings like this.
Buffaloes have been misjudged by thousands of hikers and hunters alike over the years. As you know, the Big 5 are not the five biggest animals, but rather the five most dangerous to approach on foot. In my books, the Buffalo is probably second only to the Hippopotamus. Never underestimate a guy like the one you see below. They can move swiftly on the ground and strike with stealth. But without these magnificent creatures the almighty battle for lions would never be worth it.
My sighting for the month. What a morning.
The Lion and the Warthog. Although she foiled the hunt it was still a fantastic sighting to observe. Just look at how low she crawls into that burrow right next to the water, where the pig was headed for a drink. This time Pumba was too smart for Simba.
Rhino Poaching Update
Total Rhinos poached in 2015 until end April: 371
Total poacher-related arrests this year until end March: 17
My Bird for the month was absolutely fabulous
The Long Tailed widow bird
As you can see in this picture, the extended tail feathers are almost twice the length of the whole bird. In mating season, the female will pluck out her tail feathers in order to present herself to a potential mating partner.