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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:24 am

There are 10 lions in the main game area/Colchester area.
Three lions are in the boma in Nyathi area currently, awaiting release.
There are two lions in the Kuzuko Contractual area.
The four lions and four cubs that were translocated to Karoo NP are doing well there. They haven't killed any buffalo because there are no buffalo in Karoo.
We will continue to manage the lion population conservatively so that they do not have an adverse impact on the prey populations and therefore biodiversity as a whole.
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:05 pm

:D Hi Megan

Thanks for the update on the lions. I have somehow lost track of what happened to whom... so am trying to get a picture of the current situation in Addo...

Gina +2 cubs +1 cub of Kamqua (these 3 cubs used to be together -- are these cubs now on their own, about 3 years old, 2 males and 1 female?) -- often seen around Marion Baree?
Aardlam + 2 or 3 cubs about 15 months old? -- often seen in Matyholweni area?
Roy -- 5 years old?
Nomad -- about 10 years old?

You mentioned that there are no buffalo in Karoo NP. Please correct me, but last year a Sanparks official at KNP told me they had seen about a dozen buffalo in the valley on a night drive that had somehow escaped from a neighbouring game park. Have they returned/been returned?

Thanks and God bless,

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:20 pm

Hi Henk

Now I am more confused!
Lets hope Megan gives us the right answer! I do know that in Dec 2008/Jan 2009 Gina and Kamqua were together with 3 cubs around Marion Baree area (I thought the older male belonged to Kamqua and the younger male and female belonged to Gina) -- that is why I presumed that these 3 young adults would rather be with Gina than Aardlam, but who knows...
Glad to see they have grown up to be so beautiful!
As for the missing extra lion -- could it perhaps be one of the other older males that were brought back from Kuzuko when Bitterbal, Nossob and Kamqua and Megan were taken to Kuzuko in 2009?
Thanks for sharing, and God bless,

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:02 pm

Friedrich and Henk, apologies, my maths (non)skills left me in the lurch...there are indeed only 9 lions currently in Addo main game area/Colchester:

- Gina (5yrs) plus her two young male juveniles (1.5 yrs old) often seen down in Colchester

- Three Subadults (2 from Gina, 1 from Kamqua) seen around Main Camp from Carols Rest across through Gorah to Marion Baree, although recently they are spending more time in Colchester
The subadults are two males - Norman and Zwaai - and a female - Josie - all about 3 yrs old.

- Aardlam (8 yrs) by herself generally in Main Camp

- Two adult males - Roy (4 yrs) and Nomad (5 yrs) - seen in Colchester mainly

Hope that makes things clearer.
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by Henk » Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:38 pm

Thank You Megan.

Great to add names to the young ones. One is not maybe named after a very good guide in Addo?(Zwaai).

Seems like the southern area is more and more the place to look for lion.

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by RonnieL » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:57 am

Lion Sightings in Southern Section

I was fortunate to have this fantastic sighting yesterday of five Lions in the Southern Section.
Gina, the lioness with her two young male cubs and two adult male lions.

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Gina, the lioness with her two young male cubs

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The two adult male lions with the wind blowing their large manes back

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I will be posting more pics on the “Addo Park Experiences” thread
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by saraf » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:57 am

Oh wow Ronnie, fantastic photo of the males. Don't they look great!

General question - does anyone know the dynamics of the group? The two males seem to be fairly tolerant of the sub adult males. Is that because they are related or because they are too big to chase off?
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by Firefly » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:54 am

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We went to Kuzuko Lodge two weeks ago and on our first game drive saw their two lions on the airstrip in that part of the park.

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Kalahari is looking magnificent

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Matt is also looking very good except for his slack jaw which apparently is the aftermath of a fight with Kalahari in which most of his bottom teeth were ripped out. The ranger did say that he has adapted very well to the result of the injury.

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by WarthogB » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:58 am

Roy and Nomad last Friday 2km from Matyholweni gate.
Roy was sooo asleep , never moved
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But Nomad tried to be awake but did not last too long
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by kite » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:54 pm

Have you seen lions lately?
Where is the best place in Addo to find them this summer?

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Re: Not one ellie in Addo.

Unread post by JenB » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:32 pm

Pics posted on behalf of Nimrod. :)

Lovely lions!! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:31 am

The sightings that have been reported in the last while have been mainly down south in the Colchester area of the Park. The lions seem to be seen mostly on the Ngulube Loop and Vukani Loops but sometimes also on the Mbotyi Loop.
In the last week or so, Ardlam (one of the older lionesses) has been in the Carols Rest area on the northern side of the main game area.
Happy lion spotting :D
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Re: Not one ellie in Addo.

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:39 am

Thanks Nimrod - looks like Roy and Nomad who would have been hanging around with Gina and her two subadult males.
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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by J.J. » Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:48 am

Yesterday morning...Ngulube loop.

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Re: Addo Lions

Unread post by carolynn » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:29 pm

Beautiful photo J.J - looks like they were on a mission?
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