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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:01 am

Wow and Wow and Wow............ :clap: :clap: :clap:

They look very happy in their new home..... :dance: :dance: :dance:

saraf wrote:Have you had any snow there yet? It will be interesting to see how the lions cope if you get any.


Would be interesting :hmz:

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Mountain zebra » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:18 am

saraf wrote:A very discerning lioness, hope she appreciated the view!

Have you had any snow there yet? It will be interesting to see how the lions cope if you get any.


The snow hasn't come yet but the cold weather has set in....it was minus 6 degrees Celsius yesterday morning and minus 4 this morning! I hope those males' manes grow fast!
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:22 am

Goodness Megan that is cold (compared to Upington!) Image
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Salva » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:32 am

Wonderful wonderful!

Thank you for the update!
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby GregM-W » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:30 pm

I cant wait to spend more time in the mountain cabins and hear the lions roar bouncing off the mountains. Gives me shivers just anticipating it. It seems they are heading to the area of the picnic sites and mountain cabins which I believed they would occupy. Plenty of Eland, Buffalo and Kudu and of course water.

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby GregM-W » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:31 pm

Since the lions appear to be making regular kills have there been in increase in the sightings of vultures in the area.? And how are the lions coping with the cold although I suspect the temps would not be too different from the Karoo NP. Are they still in the area of the cabins and picnic sites?

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby M.Paxton » Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:32 am

Greetings All

The Lions have been busy moving around the Park. The Lioness has spent most of her time up on Rooiplaat again. At the moment she is in the thick bush along the Wilgerboom river close to the Umgeni 4x4. She has made a few kills. On one occasion she caugh a male mountain zebra on the main road close to the camp only to have it stolen by the males.

The boys are spending there time along the Wilgerboom river. Two weeks ago Sunday i heard/saw them roaring for the first time. Hahaha does not sound like there voices have broken yet. This past Sunday they chased the buffalo from the main camp all the way to the dam at the Doorn hoek guest house, was lucky enough to catch some of it on the camera traps. They are now close to the guest house eating something.
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Vultures have not been seen over the park for the last eleven years. They are on our list as it was a confirmed sighting by a Ornithologist & Professor of Zoology. So i will not argue that one. Since i have been at MZNP the closest sightings that i have heard of have been towards Queenstown.

The lions seem to be doing well in the cold, it will be intresting to see what happens when we get some heavy snow.

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:37 am

Thanks for the update and pics from camera traps... :thumbs_up:

Very exciting to see they are doing so well. :clap: :clap:

Would be wonderful to have vultures return. :hmz:
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:31 am

Thank you so much for the updates......... :gflower:

They sure are busy....... :dance: :dance: .........I'm so glad they are settling in well......... :clap: :clap:
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby GregM-W » Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:11 pm

Thanks for the feed back. The vultures at Queenstown I presume would be Cape Vulture as it is too far south for any other species. Hopefully they will discover Mt Zebra on their wonderings or a possible release site for some rehab effort.
Have the lions taken any of the Dagga Boys yet?

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Meet the team - MZNP lions

Unread postby canon » Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:30 pm

During our recent visit to the MZNP we were fortunate to be able to spend some quality time with these new inhabitants of this lovely park - meet the team......

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Re: Meet the team - MZNP lions

Unread postby canon » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:18 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Looks like you bored them stiff canon :roll:


They had been feasting on a Buffalo so bellies were full and surely a nap was welcome!
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby M.Paxton » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:04 pm

Greetings All,

The Lions have been busy eating up a storm. We went to a couple of the kill sights in the park and found that the males had caught a Buffalo Massive Bull (Dagga Boy) just opposite the main camp gate, gemsbok bull, eland calf, two buffalo calves and a kudu bull. The males are moving between the camp and the second picnic site. They are currently at the second picnic site.

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The lioness has also been busy, she has caught a hartebeest, gemsbok and aardvark. She has been spending her time up on Rooiplaat and along the wilgerboom river. The lioness is in the area of the Umgeni 4x4 trail.

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I will post some pics of the males soon.

Cheers, enjoy the weekend.

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby MATTHYS » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:48 pm

Thank you, M.Paxton :D and congratulations to you, your colleagues and to MZNP :clap:
Paxton walked away with two awards - Best Customer Service for his continued excellent service to tourists on activities such as game drives and guided walks, featuring regularly in compliments on guests’ positive feedback on the Park. For his outstanding work in this field, Paxton also received a Regional Manager’s Award.

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:20 pm

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