Lion (Panthera Leo)
We had amazing lion sightings this month and even though sightings are not guaranteed on any safari, this month it felt like we could. Our Lion population on the reserve has split into three groups. The Western Pride has moved further up west weaning off three sub-adult male lions leaving them on the central part of the reserve. The three sub-adults have formed a new coalition and they seem to be happy, hunting and hanging around the western airstrip a lot. They might establish this central part of the reserve as their territory and we can foresee these three brothers ruling Welgevonden in the next few coming years. The Southern Pride is still consisting of Dinokeng male and two females with a potential of pregnancy on the young female as we saw them mating on several occasions. The highlight of our lion sighting for this month occurred at the beginning of the month when we watched the Southern Pride hunting and successfully killing a female wildebeest. The female wildebeest had a young calf which was smart enough to survive the lion attack by running through the elephants which were close by feeding.