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Unread postby lirritma » Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:40 am

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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Unread postby BasDutch » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:54 pm

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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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:18 pm

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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Unread postby Peter Betts » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:08 pm

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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Unread postby Loams » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:21 am

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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Unread postby Peter Betts » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:59 pm

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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Unread postby j-ms » Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:48 pm

For a layman's explanation of flehmen (picked up by the Jacobsen Gland), check out this article on good ol' Wikipedia.

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:29 am

Thanks for that info jm-s...(loved your Ellie Sunset on the other forum!!..really great..tho I'm surprised the sensor stood up to all that light) :shock:

Here's one of the 6 lions I got before I reached Spekboom from the South early yesterday Morning and turned around and went home 3 x 4GB cards full...great morning...my first Bushpig in the Game area 4 Hyena in Wayne's Valley and 2 lots of roadside lion in 6 kms from gate
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:43 pm

I havent seen Ardlam and her little ones since July last year but finally caught up with them on Monday
Here's the female..without collar...hopefully now that the lion researcher is leaving soon the collars will hopefully be removed.
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Unread postby BasDutch » Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:05 pm

Peter, do you know what happened to the small ones she had? When we where there begin August they told us they where probably killed. Also the lioness was injured at the left front leg and could not stand on it properly.

She was calling constantly, but no cubs seen.. Was a very tragic site tbh.

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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:04 am

Hi BasDutch,

The pic that Peter posted is of Ardlam's female cub who has grown up. Both she and the male cub survived and are doing well.

Kamkwa (the other adult female in the Park) did have small cubs (born sometime in July last year) that she lost when they were presumably killed, either by male lions or hyenas, so you might be thinking of her.
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Unread postby BasDutch » Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:41 pm

Hi Addo Elly,

Thanks for the information and you are probably right. It can't be Ardlam in this case. Though it was sad to see the mother calling her cubs, which never came...

greets

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:34 pm

The big secret of SANParks......Frontier Region/Addo has the best lions in Southern Africa

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Mandy & Megan I'll drop some Marketing pics at the office next time I'm in camp
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:00 pm

It was good to see Lioness Ardlam again after all these months. Here she is with Bitterbal who tolerated the presence of the younger female sub adult but as soon as her little male brother came out into the road within 50 metres this powerful male would get up and chase him up a firebreak followed by mom and sister. Bitterbal was probably mating with Ardlam although I never saw the act in the 35 mins I watched these 4 lions interacting
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:56 pm

A truly elusive lion for me and great when I see him once in a blue moon..."Kalahari" whata beaut cat
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