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Re: Not one ellie in Addo.

Unread postby JenB » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:32 pm

Pics posted on behalf of Nimrod. :)

Lovely lions!! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:31 am

The sightings that have been reported in the last while have been mainly down south in the Colchester area of the Park. The lions seem to be seen mostly on the Ngulube Loop and Vukani Loops but sometimes also on the Mbotyi Loop.
In the last week or so, Ardlam (one of the older lionesses) has been in the Carols Rest area on the northern side of the main game area.
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Re: Not one ellie in Addo.

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:39 am

Thanks Nimrod - looks like Roy and Nomad who would have been hanging around with Gina and her two subadult males.
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby J.J. » Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:48 am

Yesterday morning...Ngulube loop.

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby carolynn » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:29 pm

Beautiful photo J.J - looks like they were on a mission?
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby J.J. » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:24 pm

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:23 pm

beautiful picture, beautiful pose :clap:
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby Pumbaa » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:37 pm

Very well captured, J.J. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby Henk » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:30 pm

On 28 December.

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby J.J. » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:34 pm

Lucky...lions for the third visit in a row.

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:45 pm

Beautiful pictures of Addo lions!

Question: Are there no cubs due soon in that part of the world?

It has been a very long time since any lion cubs were born in Addo -- what about Aardlam?
Are they perhaps on contraceptives to keep the numbers low?

Any news would be welcome -- I hope to pop in there before Easter!

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby Massey » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:11 pm

Does anyone know why a lion was darted yesterday at Addo (January 18)? Just curious. Thanks!

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:44 am

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:Question: Are there no cubs due soon in that part of the world?

It has been a very long time since any lion cubs were born in Addo -- what about Aardlam?
Are they perhaps on contraceptives to keep the numbers low?


Hi Friedrich,
Yes, the lionesses have been contracepted to keep the lion numbers on the conservative side. As you will know, we have already had to move lions out of the Park (to Karoo NP and private game reserves) when their numbers increased as this would have had a ngative effect on the predator-prey balance in the system.

Massey wrote:Does anyone know why a lion was darted yesterday at Addo (January 18)? Just curious. Thanks!

Hi Massey,
As far as I know (and checked with the conservation manager), no lions have been darted this week...where did you see a darted lion?
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby Massey » Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:39 pm

We were driving North down the main road in the Southern half of the park at around 3:00 in the afternoon and turned right onto the loop across from Harvey's loop (can't remember the name now). About 30 seconds after making the turn, we saw a bunch of SANparks employees standing in a circle in the field around what looked to be a lion given its colour and size. We didn't see them dart the lion, I just assumed they must have. They had some medical type kits and equipment out with them.

Thanks for the quick response! We were just interested to know what this was all about!

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:18 pm

Massey wrote:Does anyone know why a lion was darted yesterday at Addo (January 18)? Just curious. Thanks!


I finally found out what this was all about....you had us really puzzled there for a while, Massey :hmz:
It was an eland carcass and not a lion! I suppose they might look sort of the same colour...
The rangers were collecting tick samples from the dead eland, as part of ongoing research on what type of ticks occur in the park (and the diseases ticks might carry).
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