Lion (Panthera Leo)
2019 has started very well with great lion sightings in this first month of the year. The western pride has been sighted several times around Figtree, Nkongoni plains and the area around the western airstrip. Just like all other cats, lions by nature are very territorial and we have viewed them on few occasions vocalising, their mighty roar echoes through the valley as they announce their presence in the area to other intruding lions on the reserve. One of the reasons why animals mark their territory is to make their presence in the area known to avoid unnecessary fights and also disperse individuals evenly on the reserve. Dinokeng male lion was observed mating with the young lioness from the southern pride in Sterkstroom valley. If all goes well, we hoping to be getting new cubs in few months as their gestation period is very short (only 110 days). Thembe male lion have been also spotted a few times in Sterkstroom valley hoping to spoil Dinokeng’s honeymoon.