EIGHT EDITION OF THE WEEK IN PICTURES #8
Yesterday morning some lion tracks were called in over the radio and little did we know who’s tracks they were, the lions were eventually found and it turned out to be 3 males of the River pride. They were seen moving further and further south well within the territory held by the Mohlabetsi males, although they were seen again in the afternoon we are not sure where they ended up going to. If these males do decide to stay in the general area we might have a very interesting few days ahead of us.
A few herds of buffalo are moving around and we were even joined on the morning coffee break by a herd of at least 200. These herds keep escaping the claws of the lions and we are only left the see the tracks of what happened during the evening. It will only be a matter of time for the lions to succeed but until then we are happy to have the buffalo around.
A herd of about 50 elephants were surrounding one of the dams and spent a good hour around the water drinking and feeding all together. These large breeding herds consist of mostly adult females, sub-adults of both male and female and then the very small little elephant, the older males are pushed away from the herd once they have reached sexual maturity in their mid to late teens.
During the week we found a den for a clan of spotted hyenas, so far we have seen a single female with 2 very small cubs around 6 weeks old and another 2 cubs from another female which we have not seen yet around 3 months old. It is a great find because these den sites allow you to witness these young cubs grow up and mature.