This is NOT funny!
We spent 3 days looking for them last week with a bunch of school kids, and only heard the males roaring around camp every night...
Not sure if it is a good idea for her to mate with her sons!?
Would the black maned lion not be Roy? (He should be about 5 years old now)
I am VERY glad to see the contraceptives are starting to wear off! Haven't had cubs in the park for a long time...
Sorry to ask Megan this question on your posting JJ, but it bothered me quite a lot:
Before Matyholweni was opened, there were more than 10 lions in the northern game section, and they were seen quite often, (especially Gina and Kamqua with their 3 cubs) except for the males that hung around the Gora fence looking at Scotia safari females...
Now that the size of Addo game area has DOUBLED with the opening of Matyholweni, we have a mere 9 lions in double the size, with most of the animals heading down south, and the females all on a 2 year contraceptive! This has made lion viewing very difficult!
My last 3 visits (6 days) have yielded 0 lions, but lots of hyenas...
I suppose the reason for the low numbers plus contraception of females, was to stop them from impacting too heavily on prey numbers (especially expensive buffalo).
My question is regarding the hyenas.
In 3 days last week we saw 0 lions and 10 hyenas (6 of them diving in the water at Domkrag for a dead kudu, and 2 near Rooidam 10 min later; the other 2 at Hapoor). Obviously lions are bigger than hyenas, but my concern is this:
Why use contraceptives on lions that are a BIG tourist attraction at Addo, and allow the hyenas to keep on breeding freely?
Surely more lions would mean less hyenas as they are know to kill young and older hyenas whenever they can.
The opposite is also true: hyenas surely will kill small unattended lion cubs whenever they can, so maybe there won't even be the need for contraceptives with so many hyenas around at present?
How many spotted hyeans are in Addo at present?
Do the hyenas not have a serious impact on prey animals too? Pics of hyenas surrounding an eland and killing it were shown on this forum recently. I would rather put them on contraceptives and allow the lions to breed once in a while...
Just thinking! Megan, I am sure you would have a very good answer. Looking forward to it! Are the hyenas perhaps already on contraceptives?
By the way, your caracals seem to be doing very well -- have managed to show one to the kids on every visit so far!
Thanks for sharing!
Friedrich von Hörsten
PS. Next year I'll have to take the schoolbus to Mata Mata to show them some Kalahari lions again!