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Unread post by Loams » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:21 am

Actually most male animals display the "snarling".

It is called flehming.

The verb is actually flehmen: "a mammalian behavior (as of horses or cats) in which the animal inhales with the mouth open and upper lip curled to facilitate exposure of the vomeronasal organ to a scent or pheromone " (Webster)
What they do is to run the scent of the female over their jacobsen's organ. Located on the roof of their mouth's. They do this to test whether a female is in season or not.

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Unread post by j-ms » Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:48 pm

For a layman's explanation of flehmen (picked up by the Jacobsen Gland), check out this article on good ol' Wikipedia.

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:29 am

Thanks for that info jm-s...(loved your Ellie Sunset on the other forum!!..really great..tho I'm surprised the sensor stood up to all that light) :shock:

Here's one of the 6 lions I got before I reached Spekboom from the South early yesterday Morning and turned around and went home 3 x 4GB cards full...great morning...my first Bushpig in the Game area 4 Hyena in Wayne's Valley and 2 lots of roadside lion in 6 kms from gate
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:43 pm

I havent seen Ardlam and her little ones since July last year but finally caught up with them on Monday
Here's the female..without collar...hopefully now that the lion researcher is leaving soon the collars will hopefully be removed.
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Unread post by BasDutch » Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:05 pm

Peter, do you know what happened to the small ones she had? When we where there begin August they told us they where probably killed. Also the lioness was injured at the left front leg and could not stand on it properly.

She was calling constantly, but no cubs seen.. Was a very tragic site tbh.

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:04 am

Hi BasDutch,

The pic that Peter posted is of Ardlam's female cub who has grown up. Both she and the male cub survived and are doing well.

Kamkwa (the other adult female in the Park) did have small cubs (born sometime in July last year) that she lost when they were presumably killed, either by male lions or hyenas, so you might be thinking of her.
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Unread post by BasDutch » Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:41 pm

Hi Addo Elly,

Thanks for the information and you are probably right. It can't be Ardlam in this case. Though it was sad to see the mother calling her cubs, which never came...

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:34 pm

The big secret of SANParks......Frontier Region/Addo has the best lions in Southern Africa

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:00 pm

It was good to see Lioness Ardlam again after all these months. Here she is with Bitterbal who tolerated the presence of the younger female sub adult but as soon as her little male brother came out into the road within 50 metres this powerful male would get up and chase him up a firebreak followed by mom and sister. Bitterbal was probably mating with Ardlam although I never saw the act in the 35 mins I watched these 4 lions interacting
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:56 pm

A truly elusive lion for me and great when I see him once in a blue moon..."Kalahari" whata beaut cat
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Unread post by carolynn » Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:57 pm

Who do we have here?- sighted on 29 February 2008 on the hill going up after the valley not far from the south entrance gate.

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:57 pm

Carol...looks like Nossob but lights very harsh and if it is he has distinctive scars on his otherside of his nose hidden...Got a super Caracal there this morning coming up that same hill but right into the climbing sun...thats why I love overcast conditions..I'll post under Addo Animals today
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:43 am

Ardlam's Daughter in the road the last trip last week
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:45 pm

I hadnt seen my ol Mate Nossob for a few weeks. I was on my way home on Friday and just past that little dam on the top of the hill at Addo Heights before it drops to Waynes valley before the gate I saw a Gorah Vehicle stationary on the far hill to the left nearly 1000 m away. The guests and guide were all looking under a bush. After 5 mins scanning I picked up a sleeping Kamqua and Gina about 30 metres from them. I physically could have gone 200 metres and turned left onto the concession strip no entry road that only Gorah can use but I would be in such trouble so I decided to go and leave the high paying tourists on the far hill to themselves. I faced the front and looked right down a well used open game path and 60 metres away walking steadily right at me was Nossob. As he has done a few times before he stopped at my car and sat down for 2 minutes and stared at me and then got up and ambled back from where he came from...amazing...I like to think he came to say hi!!! :shock: :D One doesn't see Addo Lions every day so this was such a treat and very special.

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sat May 03, 2008 4:03 pm

A picture of Bitterbal...Nossob's partner in crime :D

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