WEEK IN PICTURES #29
Just another week in Africa. Like any other continent, Africa also experiences normal days with a beautiful golden sunrise in the morning and then the breathtaking sunset in the evening lighting the sky with an assortment of colors just before the sun disappears below the horizon. But it is what happens between these remarkable features and those who greet or say their farewell that sets this place apart.
Captured in the picture below is the long hairs around a bull elephants mouth. The hair around an elephants body has a very important role in terms of helping the animal with heat loss. Although the elephant mainly uses flapping of the ears, mud baths, soaking themselves with water or even throwing sand on their backs, in a slight breeze these hairs can enhance the ability to loose heat up to 20% and are referred to as “pin fins”.
The anticipation is finally over, 3 little lion cubs were found hidden underneath some shrubs on a rock face. It is the cubs of a Kudyela lioness fathered by the mighty Machaton males. We did manage to catch a slight glimpse of the cubs and will later share the video. The lions were very energy conservative this past week and made taking pictures not an easy task. The Kudyela lionesses were seen with their stomachs filled to the rim, whilst 2 of the Machaton males shared a kudu kill with the mother of the cubs. The Machaton males was soon after found again just sleeping of their well deserved kill.
A young female leopard was followed during the week whilst she was looking for any potential prey animals. A few dwarf mongoose and one lucky squirrel was in her sight but failed at every attempt.
A cute loving face when a cub, once all grown up it is only a loving face.
A white rhino bull crossed the road in hot pursuit of a nearby female. Many visitors have been surprised by the size of these animals and are often thought to be smaller.
Three Impalabos lionesses were found resting in the open clearing in front of the Tree Hide one morning.