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ithemba of Wayne's Valley

Unread post by simonB » Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:37 pm

Here are a few pics ever so blurry, sorry. This little lion I have named 'ithemba' (Meaning Hope in xhosa) not sure if the name will stick but this is how I view the cub, it brings hope to the valley.

The pics where given to me by some friendly researchers at Addo who have the same luck as me with their alcheapo camera's. Apologies for the poor quality.

At least we know the cub is alive and well and was even seen at a kill in the valley on the day of the pics.

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He will "bring to ruin those ruining the earth" I look forward to that day. You have been warned!

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:28 pm

What a great sighting Simon...please thank the researchers for their pics and thanks for showing us
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:41 pm

Now Now Billy :lol: :lol: I cant be horrible to the Kruger cats...I will be there ina few weeks time and I want them to like me and cooperate :shock:
Here isa pic of a lass that was born in Addo itself

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:02 am

Henk wrote:Who's that, Peter?
Maybe Ardlam's girl?


Gina Henk..but That collar spoilt the whole pic so I removed it crudely in Photoshop..I'm not good at this manipulation and dont approve but in this case it was a man made fault (As opposed to a branch) so out it came :shock:
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Unread post by billyf » Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:10 pm

Not being nasty to Kruger Lions - I like them too . It's just that the Kalahari lions generally seem that much more healthy than their Lowveld cousins. Also more impressive with the semi-desert background.

I know that all the KNP lions are going to be next to the road and posing for you - just be careful with WTM's cutouts on the S100 :lol: :lol:

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:15 pm

billyf wrote:I know that all the KNP lions are going to be next to the road and posing for you - just be careful with WTM's cutouts on the S100 :lol: :lol:

I have just had a look at SANParks Kruger Gallery and there is a superb Pic ofa lion walking down the S100 only trouble is there were 3000 cars in the pic as well...that's gross so I probably wont be on that road this trip...prefer seeing the cats in relaxed situations like the 4 hrs I spent with this Addo Miss the other day

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:32 am

Like the Bank Manager this is a dude you need to stay on the right side of...Always

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:50 pm

The fierce looking (Flemmin) expression of Bitterbal above always contrasts so much with his coalition partner Nossob (below) who always seems to havea gentler, kinder and more intelligent look about him

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:17 am

Game drive guide Ilze took these photos this morning in Wayne's Valley:

Kamkwa's cub looking very healthy and well fed, possibly a male according to observations
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Gina - helping look after the cub
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and Kamkwa
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:23 am

Oh wow!!! Are those just so special - thanks Megan. They cub is indeed handsome!
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:31 am

Friends have asked me why I prefer a certain Addo Lion,Nossob over others. First of all I cant recall a more handsome, proud, and awesome lion anywhere south of the equator. He is hard to find (in my experience compared to some of the others) and he seems to have a sort of catlike enquiring mind that has had him come up uninvited to my window in the past on occassion...This pic from Feb this year which I only found yesterday on the hard drive at home sums up my feelings towards this awesome feline

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:00 pm

I cant wait to unleash the new Full Frame camera on the lions
Here is one with the 1.5X Crop D200

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New Cubs

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:19 pm

It seems Gina has given birth to two cubs :dance:

The guides on the sunrise game drive saw two small cubs this morning, about half the size of Kamkwa's cubs, with Kamkwa and her cub in Wayne's Valley.

Gina was about 1km away but she must be the mother as it is too soon for Kamkwa to have cubs again. Two male lions were also in the vicinity so Kamkwa was growling to warn them to stay away.

The Addo lion population now stands at 14. However, it is very early days for Gina's cubs so we hope they survive the hazards that young lion cubs face.
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by Apple » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:32 pm

Let me be one of the first to congratulate the Park and Gina on the birth of the new cubs. Excellent news for visitors to the park and us locals.
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for the update Megan and hopefully the Males will stay away and these precious little beasts will be allowed to grow up and bring much enjoyment to many visitors to the park.
A question..........
How many lions can the Main Game Area of the park sustain?
and another (2) questions..............
Will the Colchester section eventually get Lions? and how many will this area be able to hold?

Once again CONGRATULATIONS and here's holding thumbs they all survive.
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by billyf » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:06 pm

Wow, new babies in the family :clap: :clap:

Question - if Bitterbal is the father, would Nossob try to kill them?

Congratulations Addo :dance: :dance:
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