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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by bushguy » Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:25 pm

Probably a bit early ? I saw the first one in the south on 3 Nov last year. It all depends on when the full moon was at the beginning of mating season.

It's going to be a tough season - dry dry dry !
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by arks » Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:46 pm

ecojunkie wrote:They seem to come first in the north for some reason. I am going Mopani way next weekend and then might spend some time in the north and will look for them.

That's interesting, since when I was in KNP last November, travelling from Punda via Sirheni, Oilfants and Tamboti to Skukuza, I only saw my first lamb (and only one) on the S100 around 10 November. I saw a (very) few more when travelling from Tamboti to Skukuza (S36) on the 14th, and again a few more between Skukuza and LS on the 15th. But it was clearly still early in the lambing season. It was still very dry in the north and I noted a marked change when I reached the southern half of the S36 as there had clearly been some rain. Farther north it was still very dry thru mid-November. I believe that the impala don't in general drop their lambs until after there have been some pring rains and thus some new grass?
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:59 pm

The story about ewes waiting for the rains is just that .... a story, despite being often repeated!

But I have noticed from trip reports etc that lambs seem to be seen earlier in the north, hence my comment. It probably varies!!!!!
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:00 am

#NewLife #MotherLove - not often one sees such a young ellie. Mom was still passing the afterbirth, and baba still had a fresh umbilical cord. Note his ears are still flat against his head. Mom was loving, and encouraging using her foot to lift him up each time he flopped down.
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:06 am

One doesn't often see such a young newly born ellie so a really special series of pics. 8)

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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:21 am

What a special sighting. :D Thank you.
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by wildflowergirl » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:40 am

What a special sighting. :D
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:01 am

What an incredible sighting! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:49 am

Thank you DB :gflower: for posting these very special photographs. May the new born elephant grow big and strong.
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Vinnie Viper » Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:17 pm

I didn't see any cubs but was told they'll be here soon.

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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Vinnie Viper » Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:27 pm

Grantmissy wrote:Vinnie Viper maybe we will see the cubs during our visit in December 8) . The Kruger National Park never fails to captivate visitors and each day brings new surprise sightings no matter how big or small :thumbs_up: .


Absolutely Grantmissy - please share your December sightings :cam:

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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Vinnie Viper » Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:34 pm

George_Brits wrote:Nice piccies, Vinnie. Love it!

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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:10 pm

I am very interested to see when the first Impala lambs arrive this season as when we were in the park in Feb/Mar this year we saw so many that were really still very tiny which we estimated at not more than a month to 6 weeks old which would have had them being born late Dec, even into early Jan.
We go at this time every year and this was the first time we noticed such young ones and other visitors were also commenting on it..
Then on our other regular trip in late May/June, the rut was still in full swing and this again was something we don't normally see as its mostly all over by the time we get there.
Did anyone else notice this?
We put it down to possibly the drought conditions?

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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by elpaco » Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:31 pm

Just cam back yesterday. The season hasn't started yet. We saw none :|
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by elliefant » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:33 pm

Plenty of mums and bubs in Kruger when I was there in late November to late December, 2016. So cute. I will have a go at putting on some photos .enjoy. We stayed in the park for 25 days travelling from punda to pretoriioroskop and can only say, what a great trip. The camps were wonderful .and the sightings superb. This was our third trip to kruger but the first staying in the park. I will return in 2017 as it is just the best holiday. Saw black rhino mum and bub, many ellie babies, young roan and tsessebe, cheetahs and lions. So many impala lambs and even a steenbok baby..how little it was. Zebra, giraffe, warthog, white rhinos, but the saddest sight was the two dead hippos we saw...lack of grass from the drought. I hope that the wet season is a good one so that kruger can recover.
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