Wow, quite a bit has happened since last month, especially with our lions… I am so pleased to say that most of the news is GREAT!
Previously, if you remember, I told you about the new male lion that escaped from our predator boma on the 26th of June and was busy to explore his new home. Well, guess what…? The male has linked up with the last lioness and on the 4th of this month was seen mating with her by one of the research students. This is such good news and will allow the new male to settle quickly on the reserve.
We spotted the new pair on the 5th in the central part of the park together and have had a further 6 sightings of these two this month. They were also viewed on a kill together and since the 5th were together for just over a week in the central parts of the reserve. The lioness made her return to the south on the 13th alone and has not been seen since. The male lion did eventually follow her up until a point and then decided to return to the north where he prefers it. We had a few later sightings of him on the 25th, 27th and 28th in the west and central parts of the park. We found tracks though at the end of this month of both the male and female heading up Jan stammetjie towards the south. A ranger that works at site 48 in the south also heard the male roaring a few nights ago, which means they might be together again in the south. No sightings of the pair yet so far but what a turn around since last month…hey!!