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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:16 pm

Yes!

Thanks for the super news. I know that park is big, and 8 lions won't be easy to spot, but at least there are not too many bushes for them to hide behind!
That means I'll be popping in at Karoo NP in November!

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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread postby Joel » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:36 am

Is there any recent game census available for Karoo NP?
How many springbocks? buffalos? oryx?
What would be lions' preffered prey in the Karoo?

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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread postby Malealea » Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:23 pm

As far as I know, there will be enough Prey. In KTP for exampel they specilise themself in Oryx hunting. You will also find Zebras and Wildebeest in Karoo. Therefor at latest there are Buffs in the Park.

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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:13 pm

Did a day visit to Addo yesterday, and the man at reception told me the lions were sent to Karoo NP a week or two ago. That means they are 300 km closer to Cape Town! I like that...!

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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread postby okie » Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:32 pm

Nice to hear that FvH . Those lions will have to go into fitness and sprint training soon , otherwise they may become so hungry running after a few wiley gemsbok , they may decide to waylay us humans :big_eyes:
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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread postby Henk » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:25 am

I'm not sure who took the photo's, but received these via e-mail this morning.

Our ex-Addo lions in the Karoo

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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread postby Stoffel » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:45 pm

I am pretty convinced that the public will not be allowed to visit the lions in the boma. I don't know where the boma is, but I am sure it will be quite far away from the present tourist routes in the park.
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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:42 am

Thanks Stoffel,

That's fine with me, was just wondering! Actualy we'll only use the park as a sleep over. Need to be in Riversdal Saturday morning.
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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:57 pm

Lions can not be viewed in the bomas as we want them to settle down in their new environment before release. At this stage, it looks like lions will be released from the boma in the second or third week of November.
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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread postby Munchkin » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:06 pm

:D We will be spending the 7th, 8th and 9th November at Karoo NP so feel free to release them on any of the above mentioned dates.... :tongue: :lol: !

Thanks for the update Megan :thumbs_up:
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:31 pm

The lions will be released in the 2nd or 3rd week of November.

The gemsbok population is in excess of 1000 animals, red hartebeest between 900 and 1000 animals, eland about 380 animals just to name a few prey species available to lion.

Lions will probably not target springbok and smaller antelope as these are generally too small to justify expending the effort on hunting them considering the amount of food they will provide.
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread postby jonjon » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:03 pm

I think that introducing lions to the park has ruined the pleasure of many people, I and many othe people enjoy walking or hiking in the parks and the Karroo is one of the better parks to be in tune with nature without being incased in a metal box on wheels all the time. The Zebra Park has limited walks, and now the Karroo is also going that way if I had my way I would relocate the lions back to where they came from and let people enjoy the park instead. I will no doubt be shot down :sniper: for my writing this but I feel we humans should also be considered.

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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread postby Stoffel » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:11 pm

jonjon

You have my 100% support on your point of view. This past September was my 43rd visit to this park. It seems it was my last "free range" visit.
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread postby jonjon » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:27 pm

If we start a petition would there be many people signing it? so formies who would agree to remove the lions?

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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread postby Mant » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:29 pm

Hi,

I agree with both of you Jonjon and Stoffel. We also always like to walk around the park and now we can't anymore. :(

Now we'll all just have to stay in camp. :(

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