Sightings have been good the last month with plenty sightings of at least 3 of the big 5 just about daily. Of which lion has been the most challengin, Cheetah and of course the ever elusive Leopard. Plent of Elephants sighted and also Buffalo of which there are only 4 free roaming left on the reserve because one lone male ending up as a meal for the Tembe lion.
Lion (Panthera leo)
Lion populations are doing well with the Southern Pride dominating the Southern Plains on the reserve, the pride currently consists of five members (Dinokeng male, adult female and 3 cubs), they have set up territory from the South Western boundary with Marakele National Park stretching East to Grootfontein and as far North as the Sterkstroom Valley, Dinokeng sometimes patrols further North towards the central western areas but is mostly seen in the South with the rest of the pride, both the male and female are good hunters and have been found making their own kills but of course the female does the bulk of the hunting.
The Northern Pride is also doing well and are mostly seen on the Central Western Plains, with the two Tswalo females, two cubs and the Tembe male dominating that area of the reserve. I have seen the Tembe male twice in the Sterkstroom Valley so that is as far as his territory is spanning at present. The Venetia male has now moved to the South Eastern part off the reserve and is busy setting up territory there.
It has been an interesting phase to see who is joinging up with who.
A female has broken through the fence line from Marakele and is being referred to as the black nose. The intention is to relocate her back to Marakele, unfortuantely this has been a time staking process and she has evaded relocation a number of times.