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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:30 am 
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Thanks for the update

We were in the area during April 2008 and took these photos approx 2 km from the BnD main gate towards Malalelane. Is it the "King"?? :huh:

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(I also posted these pics under the Magnificent male lions thread)

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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
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Hello Forumites

The structure of the Berg en Dal pride is disturbed at the moment. It is not like what we use to see - the whole pride moving together.

Now they are divided, last night I saw the 2 lionesses of the Berg en Dal pride full of blood around steilberg. It looks like they were feeding on some thing, I have updated our colleagues about the sightings.

On my way back we had the 2 young cubs with another young male cub heading to Malelane gate road.


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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
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Looks like the King's reign is coming to an end, interesting thread this :thumbs_up:

i wonder if their is similar Lion behavior around other camps?


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 Post subject: Re: Berg en Dal sightings
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 Post subject: Re: Berg en Dal sightings
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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
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A pic taken by Raymondk of the King of the Jungle.

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(Raymond also mentioned that he had to take abuse from visitors at the sighting who were breaking rules when he asked them to please remain in their cars :evil: )

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 Post subject: Re: Berg en Dal sightings
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Hi all,

Raymond mailed me some pics I'd like to share with you all.

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I took this picture I was with Click coming from Croc Bridge, it was raining that's why its not clear.


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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
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Thanks for the pic Raymond.

Is it the pic, or does the king not look a little thin?

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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
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We saw 3 of the nomadic males after fighting on our sunset drive with raymond september 2009

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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
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With regard to the pic sent by Raymond and the long line of cars stressing the lion. The lion could easily have moved off to the right of the pic if he was feeling he needed more personal space. He was not being boxed in. For him to have stayed on the road, he must have been comfortable in the situation.

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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
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Further info for you all from Raymond :dance:
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I hope every one on the forums wants to know what is happening about the king of jungle.

The structure of the berg en dal pride was disturbed since the nomadic males came into our area, but what we have noticed recently is the young male lion of the berg en dal pride is moving with the king and with 3 lionesses and the 4 young male cubs. We do not know what will happen if those young male cubs reach 2 and half years or three years, the chances of the nomadic males chasing them around will be less.

More reports to come with some pictures, if you have any question would you please ask and I will respond to you on the forums.


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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
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Hello Forumites

It is interesting to see the king of jungle moving around the berg en dal and Malelane tar marking its territory while the 3 lioneses with one young male lion is always behind him for safety reasons.

Yesteday it was my first time since the 3 young male cubs have disappeared to the pride for a long time to have witnessed them feeding on the impala ram with the rest of the pride. It came into my mind that the king of jungle is starting to accommodate the young ones for his safety.

I will always keep my eyes open to see what will happen and I will let you know if I see something interesting,

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 Post subject: Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area
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I am so sorry evey one, but somehow I missed an email from Raymond just before Christmas :redface:

Here is what he wrote for all of you:
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On my way back from the sunset drive I met Stanley along the way and he updated me about the king of jungle with the young male of the berg en dal pride.

The king was marking the territory while busy roaring together with the other male. The other male is growing so fast, we viewed them for about 30 minutes, I did manage to take 2 photos and my battery was empty.

To all forumites the king is alive and looks good.


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