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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:38 pm 
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I Love the Mt Zebra. Had my second stay in one of the mountain cabins. Those picnic areas have been neatly fenced and have retained their feel notwithstanding. The staff at this Park are in my opinion the best of the many parks I have visited.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:13 pm 
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Great news that lion are soon to be set free in MZNP :dance:

I read the Wild Magazine email which I received yesterday where it states that 5 lion have been transfered from Addo to MZNP. I remember reading somewhwere that the Addo lions were on contraceptives to control the numbers.

So my question is how many lion are left in Addo after this relocation? Any info on which lions were relocated?

Can't wait to visit MZNP once the lion have been released.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:48 pm 
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The article you refer to is incorrect. I am not sure where they got their information from. I have spoken to the editor and asked her to make the necessary changes. Yes, lion are going to be introduced into MZNP before the end of the month, but they are not from Addo Elephant National Park. All further information will be released then.

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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:55 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
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Our visit to Mount Zebra was a family treat. We tried to take advantage of the walks and places to meander close to camp. This adds another dimension that really brings back an Africa so sadly decimated of game. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
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Hi MM

This looks SO relaxing!

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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
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MM, so you did a bit of walking there before the release of the lions? Not so stupid after all, those south africans... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
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Salva, that is taken from a walk inside the camp. What is so lovely about Mount Zebra is that there is so much to see without leaving the safety of the camp area.

Just chilling some more. Taken on the same walk.

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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:54 am 
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Yes I know. I have been there, remember. I was just joking.

MZNP is my favorite park in SA behind the big two. Before I visited I thought Ithala in KZN was scenically the best. But to me MZNP is on nr 1, followed by Ithala and Augrabies (I'm talking pure scenery) And with the presence of cheetah, buffalo, brown hyena, rhino,...+ the possible link to Camdeboo this should become a must see destination for every one.

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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
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I could not agree more, Salva. An absolute gem. This is why we must all throw our weight against fracking in the Karoo.

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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
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:cry: So where are our new lions hiding away? Time is nearly up....!

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 Post subject: Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park
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Have just read the following on News24 website:
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Lions released into Eastern Cape park
Three lion were released into Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock in the Eastern Cape for the first time on Thursday."

Maybe someone from MZNP can confirm the report.


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 Post subject: Lion released in Mountain Zebra National Park
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Three lion were released into Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock in the Eastern Cape for the first time today, becoming the first free-roaming lions in the area after an absence of over 130 years.

The lone lioness was sourced from Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West, while the two males were brought in from Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo. The female has been resident in the Park’s boma since February, while the two males arrived earlier this month – allowing them to acclimatise to their new surroundings, and each other, before their release.

Park Manager, Megan Taplin, says the decision to introduce lion into the Park was mainly for biodiversity reasons. “Lions would have occurred here historically and it is SANParks policy to reintroduce the wildlife species which would have occurred in an area before hunting or habitat loss forced them to local extinction in earlier centuries. They will also occupy the niche of large predator in the ecosystem, keeping the numbers of larger herbivores in the Park in check,” said Taplin.

The three were released from the Park’s boma this morning, as the third predator species in the Park – after the introduction of cheetah in 2007 and brown hyena in 2008. “SANParks took the decision to allow cheetah to first establish themselves in the Park before introducing lion which may compete with the cheetah for food. The numbers of large herbivores such as black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland and gemsbok have now reached levels deemed sufficient to support lion,” Taplin said.

The lion are collared so that Park Management can monitor them in the first few months or years after release and so that rangers and researchers can observe what habitats they use and which species they prey on. Taplin says this will enable them to measure the lions’ impact on prey species and determine if more should be introduced in future.

Lion often explore the extent of the Park soon after release before establishing themselves in the areas where they have the most success hunting. “On release into a new area, lion often prey on a variety of species before settling down. However, we predict that they will prey mostly on species such as black wildebeest and kudu,” said Taplin.

Cheetah tracking and guided walks will continue, led by the Park’s knowledgeable guides who are trained to walk in Big Five areas. The fencing of the two picnic sites inside the game viewing area was completed in preparation for the lions’ arrival. The Park is already enclosed with predator-proof fencing, which was erected prior to the release of cheetah in 2007.

Apart from their biodiversity value, the introduction of the lion will add to Mountain Zebra’s tourism value – offering visitors a new species to look out for in the Park. “I think it will be wonderful to hear lion roaring at right – nothing beats that sound,” Taplin concluded.

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 Post subject: Re: Lion released in Mountain Zebra National Park
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Welcome home, lions! And great job SANParks!

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