WEEK IN PICTURES #18
With the season only being in spring now we are already experiencing some very warm days with temperatures exceeding 30 degree Celsius, but this doesn’t stop us from going out on a new journey each day exploring the wilderness.
The biomass in some areas at the moment is very low and is surely awaiting the wet season so that it can flourish once again, with that being said it forces some animals with territories to move outside of their boundaries in search for food. This behavior is typically seen in white rhinos where dominant males will feed in another’s territory, there will be no physical alteration as long as the intruder shows submission towards the other male.
The Machaton males have settled in their new territory, taken over from the Mohlabetsi males, with ease and it looks like the might have won the approval of the females as well. These males have been mating with the local lionesses for quite some time now and we are sure to expect some cubs in the following months to come. They have shown they are fully capable of defending and holding their territory,females and future off-spring against any intruders.
The herds of buffalo are having a tough time avoiding the lion prides, they were constantly chased by lions and at times the same herd was followed for a day or two. A lot of the action happened during the evening and we were left only to find the lions feasting on a kill or with the tracks to tell us the story.
The 2 leopard cubs are getting so relaxed with the game drive vehicles that they were seen almost every day for the last two weeks and has been an incredible stepping stone for us. If they continue to let us view them this might help us with future sightings when they are adults and even cubs of their own.
A bull elephant in musth is known to be bad tempered and unpredictable, it is best to keep a good distance from them because they can sometimes turn and chase the vehicle without reason. This photo was taken of one such male coming down the road.