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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by lion queen » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:34 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Wow how wonderful to see the Karoo lions!!! Plus with a kill!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Thank you for sharing!!!! :gflower:
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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by Lennie Senior » Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:24 pm

We visit Karoo annually and have never seen the local lions. Will be there on 24 April again and hopefully our luck comes around this time !

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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by manicwalker » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:56 am

Lennie Senior,
I hope you get to see the lions :thumbs_up:
and we get to see your lion photos :wink:

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Re: Karoo NP to introduce lions to mark 30th anniversary

Unread post by Stoffel » Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:10 pm

FrontierPR wrote:Some clarity on cheetah introduction in Karoo National Park - from Park Management:

Cheetah is still definitely on the cards for introduction into Karoo, but any new introductions should be planned, authorised and executed according to planning regimes and depend on the availability of resources.

A population cannot recover in a very short term (referring to the springbok issue) of 1 or two years. The monitoring survey of our springbok is required first, so that we can be sure if we do introduce any cheetah, we won’t put a possible additional burden on their numbers.

Karoo National Park is conducting annual surveys to determine trends in herbivore populations. Although we are of the opinion that we can very soon introduce cheetah, we first want to do another survey before making a final decision on when to introduce the cheetah. The next scheduled survey is planned for the last week in May 2013. The result from this survey will determine if we go ahead this year with the introduction of the cheetah.

Secondly, despite the fact that we were waiting for a final survey before doing final planning in this regard, we could not introduce any cheetah earlier as the large predator boma was occupied with brown hyena for a few months and then the two new lion males. It is impossible to keep two different predator species in the same area due to obvious reasons.

The third factor that would influence our introduction of cheetah is also the sourcing of cheetah. Our policy is to source cheetah born in the wild and not captive-bred cheetah, making the sourcing of cheetah not an easy one.

Our regular visitors to Karoo should please be very patient, all good things happen in good time and we hope to have good news very soon.

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I wonder if there is any further update on the possible introduction of cheetahs (as this comment was placed 3 years ago)?

Referring to the last few posts on this thread - we have been quite fortunate with lion sightings in Karoo. Our first one was of the first two females and 4 cubs (that was originally released together with 2 males) eating on a zebra which they caught not far from the camp's fence. Visitors could see them from the restaurant. Our second sighting was of a "honeymoon couple" between the entrance gate and the camp. During that same visit we came upon two lionesses that brought down a gemsbok next to the road near the Doornhoek picnic site. And the last ones we saw (a male and female - probably also a honeymoon couple) was on the hill above the little dam (where the bird hide is). They could be seen from inside the rest camp. Unfortunately, except for the sighting with the gemsbok kill, the sightings were too far for my limited camera equipment to take photos.

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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:49 am

I see News 24 is reporting that Sylvester has escaped the park once more.

Luckily he is this time carrying a tracking collar. It should be much easier to track him.
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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by gannet » Sun May 15, 2016 4:38 am

pics 09 May 2016 -- 3km from start of Potlekkertjie Loop
Cheers Ian
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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread post by lion queen » Mon May 16, 2016 8:34 am

So special to be treated to Karoo Lions!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you so much for sharing!!! :gflower:
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