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Re: Branded Lions

Unread post by threedogs » Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:44 am

I agree that collaring, banding etc can seem incredibly intrusive.
Micro-chipping is not an alternative to collaring.
A micro-chip simply carries an id of that animal but to re-identify the individual you need to sedate and then pass a microchip reader over it.
Obviously this is not practicable or desirable.
GPS collars are high tech collars which can log GPS co-ordinates for the individual at set intervals of time. This data can be downloaded remotely without disturbing the animal.
Some collars can be set to release and fall off after a certain amount of time.
Others need to be removed whilst the animal is under sedation.
Other collars utilise radio telemetry to locate individuals, these are cheaper and require a lot of man hours out physically tracking.
Collaring of animals is never done lightly.
In fact studies run by Universities or other scientific organisations usually require a detailed study plan including capture techniques etc etc to be passed by an animal ethics committee.
The information gathered by studies utilising these techniques cannot be underestimated.
Our understanding of population dynamics and other aspects of ecology for specific species relies to a great extent on the gathering and analysis of very specific data over periods of time (the longer the better). These types of studies are extremely important in informing wildlife management decisions and quantifying the impact of human activity on species populations and the broader ecology of particular areas or regions. I have spent time with scientists working in the field using these techniques and have seen first hand the positive outcomes the collection of data using them has brought for example, changing management policy towards hunting quotas in parks in other countries.
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Punda's Scar Face (Lion)

Unread post by Oliphante » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:36 pm

Hi All

I was wondering - has anyone seen Scar / Scar Face (Male Lion in Punda Area) recently? We are camping there soon would love to see him :shock:

Thanks

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Re: Punda's Scar Face (Lion)

Unread post by Spotted Cat » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:16 pm

Welcome to the forum Oliphante :D

I do hope you see your Scar Faced lion :whistle: Have a wonderful trip!!! Bring back lots of :cam:
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Re: Punda's Scar Face (Lion)

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:25 pm

Olifante, I am not sure if this is the "Scar Face" you are referring to?

We saw him in Feb this year close to Punda Maria.

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Re: Punda's Scar Face (Lion)

Unread post by bornfree » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:31 pm

Elsa :clap:
What an impressive looking lion - showing his age a bit but still imposing!!

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Re: Punda's Scar Face (Lion)

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:24 pm

Yes, have to agree, he certainly looks as if he has been round the block a couple of times, 8)
but still an impressive sight to have striding along next to the vehicle. :D

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Re: Punda's Scar Face (Lion)

Unread post by Oliphante » Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:58 am

THANKS Elsa!

Yup - that looks like him. Good to know he is still around! We've heard some stories about the old guy, but haven't spent enough time in Punda to find him. Hopefully we'll have some luck in August!

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Re: Lion

Unread post by Gunner » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:42 pm

Has anyone else seen this particular male Lion, with the hooked like scar on its thigh?

It was one of the biggest Lions i ever saw :shock:

Spotted him between Afsaal and Skukuza...


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Re: Lion

Unread post by Wild about cats » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:01 pm

Oh what a mane!!! Stunner :clap: :clap:
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Re: Lion

Unread post by issi » Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:10 pm

Stunning lions photos !!!! :clap:
Thanks for everybody’s reply on my request of sightings in and around Skukuza!
We had a very good time and had some marvelous lion sightings!
One morning just me and my youngest daughter went for a 6:00 drive… 5 little piggies stayed at home….
As we were turning back to camp, we decided to take a detour via the S65.
After less than 50m in the dirt road we saw 4 lionesses and 15 cubs!!!!
Right next to the road… the best was that we were only 3 cars!!!!
As the one car left the lions decided to cross the road.
I must have been in heaven.
We just saw babies, babies and more babies!
Definitely my best sighting ever!

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Later the next day we saw a homey moon couple. Two very old haggard lion.

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Re: Lion

Unread post by Donny » Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:28 pm

That sounds brilliant ISSI :clap:

Please post more pics. Not often one sees 15 lions let alone them being cubs :mrgreen:

Your cub pic is just :mrgreen:

Thanks for sharing
Need to get there soon !!!

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Re: Lion

Unread post by sabinew » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:16 pm

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I´m not sure if it´s ok if i post some pictures from februar...but i joined the forum yesterday and till november i´m far away from all the wild animals...so i have to share my old pictures with you :)

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Re: Lion

Unread post by Kamadejo » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:21 pm

A warm welcome to the forum sabinew :lol: Sure you are allowed to post your pics :thumbs_up: They are gorgeous :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Lion

Unread post by sabinew » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:28 pm

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those 4 strong guys were walking towards berg en dal... for about 25 minutes next to my car...a bit scary :shock: very close...

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and she was lying just next to the street 200m from numbi gate...

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Re: Lion

Unread post by anne-marie » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:16 pm

wow nice, super nice :clap:
I'd like to see babies... once... :whistle:
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