WEEK IN PICTURES #17
The 2 little leopard cubs must be the highlight of the week, they are now seen more than before and are really comfortable with the presence of the vehicles and go on as if no one is there. Still too young to join their mother out hunting they were found roaming around by themselves several times. They were also seen stalking some impala once which is a common practice for young leopards to sharpen their skills even if they are unable to kill such a large animal compared to their current size, they can still practice.
The Mohlabetsi males were enjoying two buffalo kills they made directly underneath our tree house this week and spend almost the entire week around the two carcasses. The 4 males had everything they needed in one place food,shade and water so no need to go somewhere else. Eventually they moved the carcasses away from the open to some thick undergrowth, most likely to hide the food from the vultures above which can draw unnecessary attention like hyenas or the Machaton males.
Chavaluthu was seen on a regular basis this week and was looking for a potential meal each time but the impala’s alarm calls kept him from succeeding. Leopards also snack on many smaller prey animals so it is not unlikely that he had a few meals on the way, leopards are known to have a large diet and have through time been recorded eating a total of 90+ different organisms.
Mandleve and her 4 cubs along with 2 River Pride females were found with a waterbuck kill one afternoon not too far from the Mohlabetsi males. They quickly finished the carcass leaving nothing to spare, with full bellies they didn’t move far and were found in the same area the following day.
Between all the big cat sightings and all the excitement of this passed week we also had numerous sightings of the larger herbivores and all the other smaller animals that calls Pondoro home.