Since the Addo Lions have attracted so much attention on this forums, we've decided to post our official identification photos of the lions. This will aid those of you who like to identify the particular lions that you may be lucky enough to see on your visit.
I'll also give regular updates of what's happening in the Addo lion world, from information given by our predator researcher, guides and visitors.
The family tree looks like this at the moment:
Researchers use the whisker spots on the sides of the nose to identify lions. These are the spots (without whiskers) above the line of whiskers. These are fairly difficult to use for identification unless you know what you are looking for, have a good view and/or powerful binoculars/lense.
This is Kamkwa, the oldest female in the Park. She has many scars on her face and her collar's box is whitish:
This is Gina, Kamkwa's daughter. She has a V-shaped notch at the top of her right ear and a few small whsiker spots on the right side of nose heading up towards the eye:
Matt and Amla are now in Kuzuko Contractual area in the north of the Park so would only be seen by visitors staying at Kuzuko Lodge.
This is Ardlam. She has a white tip to her tail:
Ardlam has a male and female cub (as yet unnamed) which are about one year old.
This Nossob who has 4 whisker spots on the left side of his nose:
This is Bitterbal, who has a thin scar under his right eye parallel to his nose. It ends in a spot scar:
This is Tsama. He has a thick scar across the left side of his nose:
Kalahari has the blondest mane (but you could only see this by comparison) and has 4 small spot scars in a square pattern on the right side of his nose:
Kalahari was seen mating with Gina (and keeping Tsama away from her) during the first week of February.