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First litter of free roaming lion cubs born in MZNP in over 130 years

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First litter of free roaming lion cubs born in MZNP in over 130 years

Unread post by Lesego » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:38 pm

First pitter patter of lion cub paws in Mountain Zebra National Park.

The first litter of free roaming lion cubs in the area in over 130 years has been born in Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock in the Eastern Cape.
This, after the successful re-introduction of two male lions into the 28 000ha Park in April 2013, followed by two females in October last year. A guest, Susanne Kemps, from the Netherlands, and her father were staying in the Park for a few days and saw the two lionesses and the cubs when they were taking a drive on the Rooiplaat Loop. They reported it to Reception when they checked out, who then made contact with Susanne, who was more than happy to share her photographs once she returned home.

Rangers suspected that the lioness may have given birth after data from her tracking collar showed regular movement to and from a secluded spot on a steep mountain slope.
Park Manager, Megan Taplin, says it would appear as if the three are about two months old. “We are very excited by the arrival of the cubs. This is an historic occasion in the Park’s existence, as it is the first time cubs have been born here. It is still too early to tell their genders, though,” she says.
The decision to re-introduce lion into Mountain Zebra National Park is in keeping with South African National Parks’ policy to reintroduce wildlife species which would have occurred in an area before hunting or habitat loss forced them to local extinction. Since their arrival, the four have occupied the niche of the large predator in the ecosystem, keeping the numbers of larger herbivores in the Park in check.
The two males were brought in from the Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo, while the lionesses were a donation from the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve near Grahamstown.

“Apart from their biodiversity value, the introduction of the lion has also added to Mountain Zebra’s tourism value, offering visitors a new species to look out for in the Park. Now they can also keep their eyes peeled for the three offspring,” concluded Taplin.

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Captions: A guest to Mountain Zebra National Park, Susanne Kemps, took the first photographs of the Park’s first litter of free roaming lion cubs to be born in the area in over 130 years.

For previous media statements please go to http://www.sanparks.org

Issued by : South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region - Communications

Enquiries : Fayroush Ludick: Regional Manager: Communications, SANParks
cell: 082 888 0201 or email: fayroush.ludick@sanparks.org
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Re: First litter of free roaming lion cubs born in MZNP in over 130 years

Unread post by lion queen » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:45 pm

Absolutely heartwarming!!!!

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Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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Unread post by MATTHYS » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:35 pm

Super exciting news :D , thanks Susanne Kemps and Megan and Fayroush and Lesego :D !
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Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:44 pm

Brilliant news!!! May they prosper and live the life that they deserve - to be free.
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:54 am

What wonderful news. :D :dance: :dance:

What little cuties. 8)
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Unread post by barryels » Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:09 am

Amazing news and congratulations to the SANParks personnel who had this vision :clap: :clap: .
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Unread post by hilda » Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:58 am

Wonderful news! I'm sure the three cuties will live a long and happy life in MZNP! :clap: :clap:

Thanks for posting Lesego! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:58 pm

So excited to hear about the new cubs! Thanks for sharing this good news...
Can't wait to see them.

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Unread post by Philip1 » Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:54 pm

:hello: Lesego :thanx:
:hmz: Must go and "check" it out. :dance:
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Unread post by manicwalker » Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:56 am

Thanks for the good news Lesego :clap:
And they look so cute,
lets hope they grow up to be healthy strong lions/lioness's
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Re: First litter of free roaming lion cubs born in MZNP in over 130 years

Unread post by James of the Jungle » Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:28 am

Greetings

Fantastic news and congrats to all involved.

saw the two lionesses and the cubs when they were taking a drive on the Rooiplaat Loop


I heading to MZNP this weekend. Are they still likely to be on the Rooiplaat Loop? Have they been sighted anywhere else in the park?

Many thanks

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