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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by M.Paxton » Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:53 pm

Greetings All

The drives have been good in the evenings, with many Aardwolf and even a den sight on the Ubejane.

The cheetah tracking is still doing well. We have seen one of the Females (Angela) getting romantic with the male coalition. So maybe in a couple of months we will have some cubs running around.

Nest and egg of Yellow-bellied Eremomela
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Adult sitting on nest
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Newly hatched
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Almost ready to leave the nest
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by GregM-W » Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:06 pm

Just returned from my 4th visit. Pleased to hear that Lion will be released into the Park. Makes the trip from Jnb worth it. Did elephant ever occur naturally in the area? Nice progress photos of the nest.

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Unread post by Haupie » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:37 am

Great pics of the nest, Michael. Thank you
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by FrontierPR » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:44 am

@GregM-W:

SANParks has a policy of reintroducing the wildlife species which would have occurred historically and naturally in an area. There is very little evidence of elephants in this area in historic references. Elephants would probably have moved through the area, inhabiting mainly the riverine thicket areas as they moved, but would probably not have been permanently resident in the area. Hence, we will not introduce elephants. I trust this provides the clarity you were seeking.

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by M.Paxton » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:47 pm

Greetings All

I hope everyone had a great Easter Weekend. The park recieved over 50mm of rain and has greened up remarkably quickly.

With the school holidays all the activities have been busy. On most nights we got to see Aardwolf and a record of 6 in one evening. We have also had 5 sightings of Small Spotted Cat/Black Footed Cat. It is supprising how few people know such a thing exists, just shows what a good sighting it is. I also had 3 quick sightings of Brown Hyena.

The cheetah tracking is good as normal. Juba (female cheetah) caught a kudu calf next to the main road, causing a very rare occurrence in MZNP, Traffic jam. The cheetah have been catching mainly kudu calves over the last month. Juba spent alot of time above the camp watching the guests walk past on the Black Eagle Trail.

I have been doing many morning walks and i must say it is the way to explore the park. The sightings are good, but you get to see the small things which are just as fasinating as the big stuff.

Two pics of Locusts supplied by a guest.
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Brown Hooded Kingfisher
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by arks » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:53 pm

M.Paxton wrote:On most nights we got to see Aardwolf and a record of 6 in one evening. We have also had 5 sightings of Small Spotted Cat/Black Footed Cat.

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WoW Michael!!! Really exciting about the blackfooted cat sightings :mrgreen: I would love to see one of those -- and an aardwolf as well. Both very high on my wish list.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by GregM-W » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:36 pm

Thanks Fayroush. Will the two mountain cabins be fenced with the introduction of lion?

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by FrontierPR » Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:37 am

No, the mountain cottages have not been fenced, neither will the guest house be.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by M.Paxton » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:33 pm

Greetings All

Once again the activities are providing some good sightings. The Night drives are good on dark still nights. The less moon light there is the more active the nocturnal animals seem to be. Bat-eared foxes, spring hare, porcupine, jackal, aardwolf, small spotted genet have been seen regularly. One night got to see two Aardvark within a hundred meters of each other. Also started to see Black Footed Cats up on Rooiplaat. Brown Hyena have been seen along the main road close to where the lions caught the eland.

Cheetah tracking is great as normal, but for the first time we got to see a cheetah hunting. We were tracking Juba, one of the females, she was activily looking for food so we decided not to disturb her and go back to the vehicle. We anticipated where she would come out and where rewarded with her bolting after a springbok.
Springbok left cheetah right about 80m away, she got to about 40m and then BANG
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To see a animal moving at such speed in real time/life is amazing, oh and the springbok just got away.

Kudu Hiding
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A lizard put on a thorn by a Fiscal Shrike. The Butcher Bird.
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by MATTHYS » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:59 pm

M.Paxton wrote:To see a animal moving at such speed in real time/life is amazing

Very WOW :clap: 8)
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by #Mike » Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:34 pm

Hi all, just returned from a wonderful few nights at mountain zebra park! The diversity of wildlife in the park is truly astounding, we found the 2 young male lions on our first morning in the park just as we met up with the rooiplaat loop coming from link road, we were fortunate to have over 30mins with the lions without any other cars in sight, 2 days later the males had caught what sounded like a buffalo right outside the restcamp and hung around for us to catch another glimpse of them!! We were blessed with other wonderful sightings including a caracal on the wilgeboom road, black rhino, massive herd of buffalo as well as an aardvark in the last 30mins before gate closing time on the main road barely a few metres away from the car. Needless to say we signed up for a night drive with Mike Paxton on our last night in the park and were rewarded with 6.......yes 6! !! seperate aardwolf sightings (including a pair mating), plenty of springhares, bat eared foxes, small spotted genet, another aardvark, brown hyena spoor and definitely the cherry on the cake..... A small spotted/black footed cat.... this park truly offers your best chance at seeing a "lifer" in my opinion!!! All that we missed out on was a cheetah... But the other sightings more than made up for it... This park has it all for the nature lover, defintely will be visiting again and again! :dance:

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by M.Paxton » Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:15 pm

Greetings All

Here is a update of the big cats.

Here are the boys resting up in the area above the camp.
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They were well fed but as one can see still on the look out for some steak.
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The lioness also in good shape.
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I have transfered to Addo Elephant Natonal Park so this could be one of my last posts for Mountain Zebra.
I was up there for the weekend and whilst there the males caught a large kudu bull and a buffalo calf on sunday evening. The males are currently north of the main camp and the lioness is on the top of the link road.
Would love to post the males roaring but the clip is 78mb.

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by MATTHYS » Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:22 pm

Thank you for lovely updates from MZNP, M.Paxton :gflower:
Great for Addo to have you there and I hope you will keep us updated from Addo.
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Unread post by Pumbaa » Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:00 pm

Thanks so much M. Paxton :gflower:

It was a pleasure to hear from you and for sure the lions do look more than well fed. :big_eyes:

Wish you all the best for Addo :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread post by Salva » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:53 am

A friend of mine went to SA for the first time in august with his kids. I recommended MZNP to him (he was already planning to go to Addo)

"Any luck with the cats?" I asked when I saw him back this week. "Nope", he said, "but in MZNP, not even 200 metres after the entrance gate, we saw 2 aardwolf next to the road and observed them for half an hour without any one else around us before they walked off. And we saw caracal and hyena in Addo.

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