WEEK IN PICTURES #12
A well known male elephant in the area we call “Ezulwini” has made a return this week after some lengthy absence. He is very easy to identify because of his tusks, they are much bigger than any of the other male elephants that frequents this area.
Nearly four weeks not being sighted once, the big male of the Mohlabetsi coalition has returned. He was seen one morning with the rest of the coalition resting close to a dam, and was later seen again with them on a giraffe kill that the Kudyela Pride killed but were chased away by these males. He has some injuries around his hind legs which indicates that he was involved in a fight and can explain why he was not seen for such an extended time.
The Kudyela Pride has been covering some ground after being chased of their giraffe kill, sightings of them are recorded all over and the spend no more than one day in an area. They kept the trackers busy this week but luckily the were found most times.
Even though hyenas are considered one of the Ugly 5 the cubs are very cute. The den was very active this week, almost every morning and afternoon the were out playing around the termite mount the reside in.
The top highlight of the week must be when we watched in awe as Faka Nchovela stalked and killed an impala. The impala was to heavy for the leopardess to drag up the hill and was stolen by a hyena not long after. The only thing that could have alerted the lurking hyena of her presence was the ongoing alarm calls of the impalas.
A big bull buffalo out of a herd of about 200 individuals paused for a brief moment and looked directly our way, the males are sometimes curious and often show interest in the vehicles.