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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:42 pm

27 October 2012 in front of our Bungalow (nr 9) at Leokwe Camp


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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Adansonia » Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:52 pm

Seen on 6 Oct 2012 at Maloutswa Bird Hide (close to Mazhou Camp Site).

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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby RayK » Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:46 pm

Hi Adansonia,
Great sighting from a great Hide. :thumbs_up: Seems the Lion is wearing a collar so he might be from Mashatu in Botswana.

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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby NetEk » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:12 am

There was very high levels of traffic from Zim of cattle last year in June, July, They would leave the cattle to wonder to were ever the grazing is then every 3 days or so they would with a big huff & puff come and "fetch" the cattle again chase then back to Zim (just across the river ) and then let them wander again.
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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Remozami » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:58 pm

Hi! When we were driving between some mopane bushes in the western side.. we came across 3 lions.. but heck.. their eyes are so different from KNP lions.. we were a VERY foreign sighting to THEM! lol.. :big_eyes:

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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby NetEk » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:51 am

Remozami wrote:Hi! When we were driving between some mopane bushes in the western side.. we came across 3 lions.. but heck.. their eyes are so different from KNP lions.. we were a VERY foreign sighting to THEM! lol.. :big_eyes:

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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Tom124 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:45 am

Hi all

I'm heading off tomorrow to join the Conservation Project in Northern Tuli, just across the river from Mapungubwe. Hopefully I'll be spending time with the resident lions on the Botswana side, as well as the leopards and other predators. If I hear anything interesting about movements in the area I'll be sure to let you know!
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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Scottm » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:22 am

Tom, what is this project all about, and where will you be staying?

You may well come across this lass, taken in May, 50m from the Limpopo on the Botswana side in Pitsani....

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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:51 am

Tom124 wrote:Hi all

I'm heading off tomorrow to join the Conservation Project in Northern Tuli, just across the river from Mapungubwe. Hopefully I'll be spending time with the resident lions on the Botswana side, as well as the leopards and other predators. If I hear anything interesting about movements in the area I'll be sure to let you know!


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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby giraffee » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:56 am

Tom124 wrote:Hi all

I'm heading off tomorrow to join the Conservation Project in Northern Tuli, just across the river from Mapungubwe. Hopefully I'll be spending time with the resident lions on the Botswana side, as well as the leopards and other predators. If I hear anything interesting about movements in the area I'll be sure to let you know!



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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Tom124 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:52 pm

Yes, I know how lucky I am! Sitting in Frankfurt waiting for my flight to Johannesburg as I type. Scott, I'll be staying at mohave bush camp, and maybe tuli wilderness camp. The project is an amalgamation of the former predator and elephant projects. It involves general conservation work, such as replacing radio collars and recording census data.
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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Tom124 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:16 pm

Hi all, sorry it's been a while, but here's what I learnt about the lion population in this area over August. In a nutshell, it's great news. The free-roaming lion population was in dire straits less than a decade ago, but there are currently 39 known individuals in the area, including two tagged at Tuli which are now resident in Mapungubwe - the Duma Boys. It was a wonderful experience, the highlights being discovering both lion and hyaena dens on foot!
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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:32 am

Tom124 wrote:Hi all, sorry it's been a while, but here's what I learnt about the lion population in this area over August. In a nutshell, it's great news. The free-roaming lion population was in dire straits less than a decade ago, but there are currently 39 known individuals in the area, including two tagged at Tuli which are now resident in Mapungubwe - the Duma Boys. It was a wonderful experience, the highlights being discovering both lion and hyaena dens on foot!


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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread postby giraffee » Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:43 am

Thanks for the update Tom. Wonderful news. Pray the Duma boys survive the cattle owners. Did you work with Andrei Snyman? great to read about the Mashatu lioness with 4 cubs. 39 lions!! how wonderful!
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