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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Wed May 07, 2008 6:58 am

According to the lion researcher, Nossob, Bitterbal, Ardlam and her cubs killed a male red hartebeest on the 22 April in the far corner of the Park. Here is a photo of the male and female cub feeding:

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and one of a very sleepy Kalahari, taken the next day in the grasslands in the southern side of the game area:

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Mon May 12, 2008 8:37 pm

Rushed into Addo this morning to write a test...it was a bright sunny day at 07h15 when I got in and the first animal I picked up in the road barely 500 metres in just as the dust road starts was Gina hunting her favorite prey Warthog...she let me and another car from Mathyolweni with two Brit ladies in join in the hunt as we slowly free wheeled next to her as she smelt the air...stopped to listen and then go into the bush stalking only to return to the road
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Then she flopped down and preened herself and pulled a tongue at me before I had to leave as I was running late. She loves chasing cars with their engines off and this time was no exception and gave the ladies a real show behind me as she played cat and mouse with my car crunching forward on the stones of the dirt road. I glanced in my mirror and they were roaring with laughter.
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Tue May 13, 2008 8:47 pm

I noticed that Gina had a 6 inch long cut on her chest...nothing serious and little blood and it could have been caused by what seems to be her flavour of the month...Warthog. Here she was just relaxing and cleaning herself up
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed May 14, 2008 1:56 pm

Another pic of this fine young lioness coming back to the road after another sortie into the bush after Warthogs...taken on Monday morning @ 07h30 as I got in on Monday
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed May 14, 2008 10:05 pm

I mentioned earlier that this lioness had a cut on her chest...This pic clearly shows the thin fresh cut. I'm sure it could be a warthog who fought back that caused it...just my guess :D

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Thu May 15, 2008 5:27 pm

The sunlight at Addo for some reason from a photographer point of view is very harsh and only the first 45 mins after sunrise gives acceptable results. I have often come in the South Gate well after sunrise and found that the first 1km is in shade as the sun is obscured by the hill on the right as you go down the hill from the gate and along the bottom towards the first sharp bend to the left into Wayne's Valley. This compared to the light conditions for the rest of road to Spekboom is the best for pics..sunny golden hour light but bright shadowless shade. I have always wished to have a good lion sighting at this point but they have always happened further in. On Monday however I came to the gate with a another car following me from Matholweni Camp. We chatted briefly at the gate and they asked me if they would see lion as the only had Monday in the Park. I said the chances are there but follow me and lets see what happens..Lo and behold this is what greeted us at the bottom of the hill in that lovely light I have just mentioned.
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Thu May 15, 2008 5:34 pm

The pic that should have gone in the post above..finger trouble :shock: :D
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Fri May 30, 2008 7:54 pm

Went to Addo today as I hadnt been for nearly 2 weeks and I needed to do some practical Plant ID ....Didnt get too far and got a serious "Lion Fix" instead...Some of the Characters that kept me from my work up on the plains of Carol's Rest
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Ardlam's Daughter has really filled out into a beautiful Lioness...she is going to be a BIG mature Lioness...she gave the C Rest Warthogs a rough day!!

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Ardlam's Son was more self confident today even in the presence of Macho Bitterbal

The man himself...incomparable Bitterbal
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:48 pm

Lovely to see intimate undisturbed scenes of affection from the supreme African predator

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:28 pm

Gerrit I have Aubrey the superb Guide from Elephant House to thank as we always stop to chat when we pass and he told me he had seen a lioness there "20 minutes ago"...I went there needing the loo and not expecting to see anything...5 hours later :shock: :shock: ..my poor bladder but it was worth all the knaeping!!! :D
Just 2 more then I must get back to my plants...I think Ardlam's cubs are getting big and they stick together a lot and it is my feeling that they will shortly go on their own as mom could be in the family way again...just my hunch so lets see what happens...they certainly showed that they know how to try and get a meal as these pics show

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The young male with his mane starting to sprout nicely now

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I cant believe how big and confident they have grown in the 2 months since I last saw them.
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:42 pm

After the just missed Warthog stalk she came back and flopped down close to me to regain her composure...in Lion world she is a real Glamour Queen a true stunner

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:07 pm

For fear of getting my facts wrong I will try my best at this...In the main Game Area there are 4 Mature Male Lions, 3 Collared adult lionesses and a young uncollared male and female giving a total of 9. Over the last couple of months there has been lots of mating activity in various permutations by the adult population so there very well could be a new litter born very soon. There are 2 more Male lions that were transferred to a Wilderness Area in N Western Addo a few months ago...the brothers of Gina...total known population that I Know of in the whole Park is therefore 11. The Regional Manager told me that they will shortly be supplementing the population with more lion but in what areas I cant remember so dont want to commit myself. I dont think this has happenned yet as it would be big news with lots of news coverage and SAN Parks communication activity...but exciting times in lion world non the less
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:19 pm

Sometimes the big Male lions dont have everything going their own way!!

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:04 pm

I went for my weekly morning in Addo today as I am busy tomorrow ...It really was quiet but it was great to watch this well known lioness interact at the top of the hill. She would spend minutes listening and then gave a full repotoire of her roaring skills sometimes for a full minute then she would listen carefully for a couple more minutes before bellowing out her gutteral roars. I am sure I heard a faint answer but its so hard to establish exactly where it was coming from. I could hear a car coming up behind me and stop and switch off then another and then she stood up turned to face down the other side and ran out of sight ...possibly another lion that had answered her call but not certain of that at all but she looked pleased with what ever she ran at.

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Unread post by lirritma » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:37 am

Addo Elephant wrote:Some exciting news! Kamkwa has a new cub!

The lioness has been seen with a new cub in Wayne's Valley (near the southern access road) on a couple of occasions by tourists and rangers.

Hopefully, I'll be able to post some photos of the new addition in the next few days.


WOW Megan .. Very exciting news. It would be so great if I get to see them during my visit in a weeks time. Is it only one cub or would there perhaps be more, but she was only seen with the one? Well done to mother Kamkwa :clap: :clap: . Wonder how the males will react?
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