WEEK IN PICTURES #20
This post marks our 20th edition of the weekly week in pictures and I’m sure the wildlife at Pondoro was up for the task producing some breathtaking moments.
Probably the most intense moment this week was when a dominant white rhino bull met a much smaller but equally dominant black rhino bull and the differences could clearly be seen. Everyone was anxiously waiting for the outcome and expecting the worst, but at the end they met face to face rubbed their horns together and then turned their separate ways.
The Machaton males were seen in almost each corner of our traversing land, surely marking their territory. They were seen mating once again with the older Kudyela females, the younger lionesses did not give the males a warm welcome but instead kept on showing aggressive behavior towards them.
A young bull elephant stopped at a small water hole to quench his thirst and gave us the opportunity to look at the finer details of such a large mammal. The hind feet are oval shaped compared to the front feet that are round and much bigger to support the head and shoulders. The trunk, believed to have close to a hundred-thousand individual muscles, is the most interesting part of an elephants body and can be admired for the way it is used.
Chavaluthu was resting on top of a termite mount one cool afternoon. Just before sunset he gently woke up and moved of into the nearby thickets, where he was left.
An unknown leopardess was found with her impala kill stashed high up in a marula tree with her relaxing on a nearby branch, she eventually made her way down the tree to look for a more comfortable spot on the ground.
The mother leopard with her two very healthy looking cubs were found with their own impala kills twice this week. The two cubs are very different from one another and is shown in their behavior but can also be seen in their eyes, one has blue/green eyes and the other yellow eyes.
A buffalo bull moved his attention from grazing to a nearby tree to attend to some of the itching problems.