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Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:44 am 
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Hey everyone. I was reading the threads yesterday, to be honest... during work hours, and thought we should start a thread of known groups of animals in certain areas in the KNP. For instance the Orpen pride of lions or the Berg-en-dal pack of wild dogs. So with this shared knowledge we know what to look forward to and what to look out for on our next visits. Maybe we could possibly post as follows:

1. The animal
2. The area
3. What you guess to be their boundaries of their territory.
4. The size of the Herd/Pack/Pride/Gander...

and maybe if you have a nice pic or two you could post them too!!

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 Post subject: Re: Territories
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:58 am 
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I think this is a lovely idea. Sadly I am no expert so can't kick things off but I might speculate a little!

I would imagine it is easier to identify particular groups where their range occupies an area which is not known for prevalence of that particular species?

Eg it is probably easier to identify and keep tabs on a pride of lions in the Punda Maria region where there are not that many prides, compared with in the Satara region?

Wild dogs I would imagine are even more complicated seeing as they have such a massive range!

I wonder how much the demolition of artificial waterholes will alter the movements of animals...?

I look forward to reading the views of people who know specific examples, rather than my waffle! ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Territories
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:36 pm 
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this is a interesting topic and hope others will tell what they know of the territories, i know mostly about a few coalitions of male lions. Most of these coalitions are called different names by different rangers or lodges so it can be confusing. this is a start and will try to add more later

southern kruger/Skukuza area

3 male lions called the Toulon males or Sand River males
around 9-10 years old
territory is around Maroela Loop S83, H4-1 AND H1-2 NE of Skukuza

3 male lions called the Hildas Rock males or Sand River males or Skukuza males
around 4-5 years old
territory is around Tinga, H11 which is NW of Skukuza

3 male lions called the Sand River males
around 6-8 years old
territory is in Rhino Walking safaris concession

3 male lions called the Plains Camp males
around 5-6 years old
territory is around Plains Camp area of Rhino Walking safaris concession

2 male lions called the younger Robson males or Stompie and 1 Eye/SOE
around 10 years old, 1 Eye was last seen 1 month ago in very bad condition after a fight with another male lion so not sure if he survived.
territory is usually on the H1-2 NE of Skukuza around Mantimahle Dam but they seem to have moved territory slightly south of the dam


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 Post subject: Re: Territories
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:14 pm 
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that's great thanks Jasond. I would like to add the herd of Sable in the Orpen-Talamati area. I have seen Sable as far East as the S36 and closer to Talamati. At the time I did not take note of the numbers unfortunately.

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