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Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:09 pm 
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Thanks for the help gwendolen. I also need to thank you for leading me to the SANParks website and forum from the SANParks groups on Flickr. I hope I would be able to become a regular here and make some kind of useful contribution in the forums.

So here is the pic I took of the lions mating. Now I will leave it up to the Addo lion experts to identify them.

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Firefly wrote:
I used to be a tourist guide and visited Addo at least once a week. Although I've been there hundreds of times I never get tired of it.

Hi, after spending many many hours at Addo all I can say is, what a privilege.
I reckon on any given day you will see more animal interaction at Addo in 10 minutes than what you will see at the Pilanesburg in 2 weeks.
The lions are just great bonus.


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The female is Gina (orange collar) and I think the male is Bitterbal.


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The male is Bitterbal but the female is Kamqua not Gina..Kamqua and Gina both have orange collars (I have Taken them off in Photo shop in my pics here ..1 has to be redone but the original shows Kamqua with her orange collar) Also the Lioness in Firefly's pic is battered etc around her neck...is squat and thickset wheras Gina is unmarked,clean tall and sleek . Firefly was this pic taken near Marion Barrie on Sat 16 Feb 2008 at about 07h00 ...if so you could have been one of the vehicles that pitched up 10 mins after I found them
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No, I took this one on 7 October last year. It was my last trip through the park as a tour guide. The next day I started work at Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism. Now my job is to get people to come to Port Elizabeth and include the park in their itineraries.

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Was taken near Marion Brie though.

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We have been to Addo in July 2007 at the end, and on our last morning drive (from a very succesfull and great holiday) we met these two giants on the road. I was stunned by the beaty of em en it was one of the highlights of the trip!

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BasDutch wrote:
We have been to Addo in July 2007 at the end, and on our last morning drive (from a very succesfull and great holiday) we met these two giants on the road. I was stunned by the beaty of em en it was one of the highlights of the trip!

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Outstanding Pic Bas...that is Kalahari on the left and Tsama with his cut nose and it looks like they have just eaten 25 Warthogs with nice fat bellies like that..looks like Rooidam in the back...What lovely light.too Lucky you!!

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It was early in the morning, we just left the gate at 6 and at the intersection we only turned right and 5 others in front of us went straight towards Lendlovu Pan.
We met these guys at the road near the Gwarrie pan (just 200 meters away from the Hyena den) and they kept on walking towards us for abot 100 meters or so. Then they stood and listened for some and vanished in the thick bush. We where the only ones who saw them!

I was with my wife, and she managed to film these big boys, maybey i can upload some at youtube ;) I must say I was abit afraid to stop the car and let them walk passed us. They are SO big.

The day before we saw a female at the pointy enclosure , where the southern access road almost comes in touch of the fence. She was wounded at the left shoulder and was calling for her cubs who werent seen anywhere in 2 days (thats what ranger told us at the campsite). They thought one of the male lions had killed the cubs...


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I'm not going to re-post the report here, but please go and have a look at the most amazing lion sighting we had on Saturday morning in Addo. My trip report can be found here http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopi ... highlight=


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Awesome report and some rule what goes for everybody; "At the right place, at the right time!'"

Awesome again and ty for sharing. Been reading this forum for some time now and I really enjoy the feedback and postings/tales.


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Kalahari Lions are known for their liking for Porcupines and a great part of their diet are this rodent due mainly to the fact that sometimes there is a scarcity of food or little cover to stalk Gemsbok etc. The Addo Lions came from there and although this pic there is no porcupine...Big Male Nossob was certainly interested in a scrambling Flightless Dung Beetle..The pic shows him looking intently at it...Poor Beetle I would have been terrified!!! :shock: :shock:
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Lions like domestic cats often snarl/lift their lips to get a better scent after picking up an interesting smell. Apparently its involuntary...Here Alpha Male Nossob does this after getting Kamqua's scent who was obviously in season as she was busy mating with Bitterbal 30 metres behind my car down the road
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Actually most male animals display the "snarling".

It is called flehming.

The verb is actually flehmen: "a mammalian behavior (as of horses or cats) in which the animal inhales with the mouth open and upper lip curled to facilitate exposure of the vomeronasal organ to a scent or pheromone " (Webster)
What they do is to run the scent of the female over their jacobsen's organ. Located on the roof of their mouth's. They do this to test whether a female is in season or not.

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Haupie wrote:
HI PETER

your lioon pics are really amazing. almost as if you have developed a relationship withthem.

if i go to addo this saturday (only a 250km drive) where would i find the royals??????? please help??? i am planning to get to addo gate by 6h00


Thanks Haupie

Ja this particular Lion Nossob does recognise me for sure..has come to kip at my door of my car twice in the last year..Im often tempted to give his back a scratch as he stands there or passes close by but apart from being plain stupid..its not allowed :lol:
Where to find them..Anywhere...literally..Had a call yesterday from Gorah and 2 males where at the boundary fence yet again
but tourists not resident at Gorah Elephant Park cant go there and they can only get there in a game drive vehicle...Good places..Carol's Rest, Marion Barrie, Mbabala Loop, Domkrag, Spekboom have all had sightings this last month...They can travel 20 plus Kms a night and much much further where they come from in KTP...I hear it is cloudy tomorrow so I'll slip across and if I find them I will let you know

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