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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby saraf » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:36 pm

M.Paxton wrote:
Last night i saw a small spotter cat on the night drive. That was my first sighting of a small spotted cat ever, so in 11 years of working there are still things to see and learn.

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Is that also known as the black-footed cat? Would love to see one. In fact I think that is the first recorded sighting of one by a formuite. What special sighting.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby Salva » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:53 am

Same question as Saraf! Never heard of "small spotter cat". Is that the black-footed cat? Would be the sighting of the year then.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby TheMiggies » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:56 am

Kay123 wrote:I am so exited - we will be spending a few nights at MZNP from 28 Dec, and I cannot wait! It will be my first visit, and I am hoping to see all the animals mentioned in the previous post. But I know that no matter what we see or don't see, it will be amazing.


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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:13 am

Looking for Angela,

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a distraction on the way.. a very large earth worm :big_eyes:

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Angela

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Sorry, I have forgotten this beauties name :redface: :redface:

a tense moment

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the rest is in my trip report.

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:30 am

Anne Marie, it was an unforgettable experience. The only warning that I would give is to have a fair level of fitness if you really want to enjoy it. We had to walk fairly fast to keep up with a hungry Cheetah. Even though we did not have to walk far, it was a bit of a trot. I was very grateful not to be a smoker.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby GregM-W » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:41 pm

I have done a few visits to this Park, the last one stayed in one of the mountain cabins for a few nights. A question that always comes to mind is why no mention of leopard? I can not believe that in an area like this there are none if one considers the amount of leopard that still are to be found close to towns in the Western Cape (according to work done by the Cape Leopard Trust). Any comments as to why this may be?

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:02 pm

welcome GregM-W :D

we speak about the tracking of the collared Cheetah :dance:
I don't know, but there is certainly some Leopards :hmz:

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby GregM-W » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:58 pm

So Sorry! I read the subject heading to be about "Park Activities Sightings" not just about tracking cheetah. Hence the question about leopard. My apologies.

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:34 am

no need apologies :wink:
your question is a good question... in activities in Mountain Zebra National Park :D
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby Kay123 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:25 pm

Game drive last night. Saw about 24 species of animals and birds. It was spectacular, because I saw what I really wanted to see - aardwolf. And we saw FIVE of them!

And to end the night we saw porcupine and aardvark - a truly special evening.

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby mh_baer » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:27 pm

Wow, then you've been really lucky, Kay123.
We've been with Michael on a nightdrive two weeks ago and only saw 2 aardwolf, porcupine and a caracal. :wink: Not to mention lots of antelope including a new born. Plus a cheetah... :dance:
One of the best drives ever! Michael was great explaining everything.
That was only fair regarding the boring nightdrive we had in Karoo NP some days later.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby TheMiggies » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:50 am

Kay123 I think we were one the same drive with you! :) It was brilliant wasn't it?

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby M.Paxton » Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:53 pm

Greetings All

The drives have been good in the evenings, with many Aardwolf and even a den sight on the Ubejane.

The cheetah tracking is still doing well. We have seen one of the Females (Angela) getting romantic with the male coalition. So maybe in a couple of months we will have some cubs running around.

Nest and egg of Yellow-bellied Eremomela
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Adult sitting on nest
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Newly hatched
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Almost ready to leave the nest
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby GregM-W » Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:06 pm

Just returned from my 4th visit. Pleased to hear that Lion will be released into the Park. Makes the trip from Jnb worth it. Did elephant ever occur naturally in the area? Nice progress photos of the nest.

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby Haupie » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:37 am

Great pics of the nest, Michael. Thank you
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