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Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:51 pm

A pic taken by Raymondk of the King of the Jungle.

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(Raymond also mentioned that he had to take abuse from visitors at the sighting who were breaking rules when he asked them to please remain in their cars :evil: )
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Re: Berg en Dal sightings

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:58 pm

Hi all,

Raymond mailed me some pics I'd like to share with you all.

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I took this picture I was with Click coming from Croc Bridge, it was raining that's why its not clear.


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Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area

Unread post by Rookie2009 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:59 pm

We saw 3 of the nomadic males after fighting on our sunset drive with raymond september 2009

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Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:37 pm

With regard to the pic sent by Raymond and the long line of cars stressing the lion. The lion could easily have moved off to the right of the pic if he was feeling he needed more personal space. He was not being boxed in. For him to have stayed on the road, he must have been comfortable in the situation.
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Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:43 pm

Further info for you all from Raymond :dance:
Hello Forumites

I hope every one on the forums wants to know what is happening about the king of jungle.

The structure of the berg en dal pride was disturbed since the nomadic males came into our area, but what we have noticed recently is the young male lion of the berg en dal pride is moving with the king and with 3 lionesses and the 4 young male cubs. We do not know what will happen if those young male cubs reach 2 and half years or three years, the chances of the nomadic males chasing them around will be less.

More reports to come with some pictures, if you have any question would you please ask and I will respond to you on the forums.


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Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:33 pm

Hello Forumites

It is interesting to see the king of jungle moving around the berg en dal and Malelane tar marking its territory while the 3 lioneses with one young male lion is always behind him for safety reasons.

Yesteday it was my first time since the 3 young male cubs have disappeared to the pride for a long time to have witnessed them feeding on the impala ram with the rest of the pride. It came into my mind that the king of jungle is starting to accommodate the young ones for his safety.

I will always keep my eyes open to see what will happen and I will let you know if I see something interesting,

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Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:47 pm

From Raymond this evening:

It was quite interesting to see the 3 lionesses of the berg en dal pride taking down an impala ram. Obby witnessed that last night, he saw the lionesses stalking the impala and they caught it at the side of the vehicle. Survival of the fittest is one of the major goals - to see the stronger ones carry on surviving.

Last night Peter also had saw interesting behavior when the 15 spotted hyenas attacked 2 lionesses.


If we see unusual behavior on lions we will let you know.

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Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:11 pm

Two more facinating reports on these lions from Raymondk:

Hello forumites

The bond between the king of jungle and the other young male lion of the berg en dal pride is amazing, they are always together. This shows that if the young male lion was of the same age as the king of jungle no other lions would have entered this area. We have named him the 'king junior' because he looks similar to the king of jungle, indeed the king has passed his strong genes to the next generation.

And junior seems to be up for the challenge because he has already start to mate with the females. If the king mark his territory, he also mark as well.

What have we noticed is king junior has lots of respect for the king of jungle . Our eyes will be open to see what will happen with those lions.

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Hello Forumites

It looks like the berg en dal pride are coming together since their structure was disturbed by the arrival of the nomadic males in this area. All of them are in the good condition. I spotted them yesterday behindr the big marula tree heading east.

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Re: Berg en Dal sightings

Unread post by lorrainepring » Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:19 am

Pics taken Dec-Jan :thumbs_up:


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Re: Berg en Dal sightings

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Re: Berg en Dal sightings

Unread post by lorrainepring » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:24 am

More pics from Raymond :D


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Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:26 am

Hello Forumites

The nomadic males are lions of destruction, today I witnessed them chasing the 3 young male cubs of the berg en dal pride but nothing happened.

I will let you know if I see some thing different.

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Re: Behaviour of lions around Berg en Dal and Malelane area

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:35 pm

I am really finding these reports from Raymond so interesting ....

Wednesday, 17/2/2010:
Hello Forumites

With all the nomadic males moving around our area, we have witnessed some of the nomadic males mating with lionesses of the berg en dal pride and we end up not knowing whether the king of jungle is still the king of the berg en dal prides or not.

Yesterday one of the nomadic males was mating with one of the lionesses of the berg en dal pride after the matjulu bridge. Today my self and Peter saw one lioness of the berg en dal pride with one cub so this show us that that lioness is on the run for the survival of the young one.

All the nomadic males do mark territory on those areas where we uses to see the king marking its territory.

We will update you of what will happen with those lions.

Regards,
Raymondk



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Hello Forumites

Here are some tips for identifying the nomadic males; they have t-mark on the hind legs and their manes are still lighter in colour.

Of the 5 males from the Lukimbi pride, one has a left blind eye. I'm waiting for more information about these lions and I will forward it to you as soon I get it.

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Re: Berg en Dal sightings

Unread post by gmlsmit » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:13 pm

We were privileged to have the following visitor to Unit 32 on 17 April 2010.


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Re: Berg en Dal sightings

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:53 pm

Dear friends

This picture of the nomadic male serves as reminder that I haven't forgotten about you.

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