WEEK IN PICTURES #30
The week in pictures selection for this week is quite easy to pick out as there were some stand out sightings during the week.
I think the sighting that us all were very excited about was the lion cubs at the zebra kill, for the first time they were brought out of hiding into the spotlight for us too see. We could also very easily see there genders and there are two males and one female, and they clearly enjoyed the kill just as much as we enjoyed viewing them.
The Machaton males were also found on the kill the morning after the Kudyela pride made the kill. The lionesses, by looking at their stomachs, didn’t have much of the kill before the males arrived and devoured the zebra. The tension around the kill was very high as some of the females tried to get some of the meat that they worked so hard for to get they were simply just pushed back with aggression by the males.
There are currently many elephants in the reserve and a few herds are well over 30 individuals. With these larger breeding herds moving in they also bring with them a few baby elephants which are most enjoyable to be around.
Nkanyi and Thuli have been together for the entire week and was found sharing an impala kill. As they are both reaching the stage of independence, when there is a meal to be shared there is some friction between them. Both of them gave us some of the best photographic opportunities and with leopards being excellent at posing it couldn’t get any better.
At the hyena den we had a brief visual of a very small cub probably around 1-2 weeks old that the mother kept at the entrance of the den. The older cubs are now brave enough to wonder some distance away from the den, but as soon as they feel it’s now a bit too far they race back to the den where they feel safe.