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Re: Lionesses

Unread post by katydownunder » Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:43 pm

Addo Elephant wrote:The two lionesses were seen together today, near the main camp waterhole / Nyathi waterhole.

The younger lioness appears to be pregnant.

Good sign that they are together, although this does not mean they will stay together. If they do, they would be able to assist each other to protect cubs.


Oh how wonderful :D
That are realy fantastic news.We are looking forward to hopefully see the lions during our stay from the 01.05. to the 04.05. :wink:
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue May 03, 2005 1:05 pm

Apologies! I should set the record straight and apologise for posting misinformation: the younger lioness is not, in fact, pregnant. This was discovered when she was darted in order for her tracking collar to be refitted (as it was getting too small).

Will keep all updated.
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Unread post by jos826 » Tue May 10, 2005 11:36 pm

is there any news of the twins?
any new photographs of them?

thanks,
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Wed May 11, 2005 3:22 pm

Hi Jos,

The twins are still doing very well so it seems that they will survive.

Don't have any new photos of them but will post one on the site as soon as I do.
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Unread post by katydownunder » Sun May 29, 2005 10:20 pm

Well here is the report!
For the first time we stayed within the boundaries of the park.The last time we have chosen a B+B outside the park in Addo itselfe.But you really miss out the best time of the day doing so.
We had a very nice chalet ( we are not the types for camping), which was very well equipped and had it’s own braai.(Unfortunately we did not realise that we arrived on the first of May and the Monday was a holiday as well as the 01. May did fell on a Sunday)
We did not manage to buy any coal or wood to do our own braai (everything was sold out),but nevertheless we has a great time.
The last time we have been to Addo we just saw three Ellies (and are still convinced that these three were all the same one :oops: ) but this time we had loads of Ellies.
And we even saw some of the lesser seen animals of the Park.
On the Gorah Loop we saw Ellies. ( A huge herd of about maybe 30+), the other day Buffs ,again in a huge herd.
On the Gorah Loop again after Carol’s Rest we had a very close meeting with one of the Lionesses :dance: .We even thought she was going to jump on our car as she just realised us as she was standing right in front of the car( which we had stopped and switched of the engine as soon as we saw the beauty).
We saw most of the Ellies on the way to Harpoor waterhole ( on all of the days we stayed in the Park).
But they were all over the Park as well.On two occasions we saw a bull close to the entrance gate.
And we loved the way from Woodlands to Zuurkop, the Mbabala Loop and Kadauw.Here we saw quite a lot of Jackals,Vervet Monkeys,Bushbucks and all of the other little ones that we loved to stop for. So this route was very rewarding as well. :D
Moreover we saw: Ostriches,Kudu,Hartebeest,Eland,Warthogs,Bushpigs,Mongoose,Zebra and even a Rhino on the way from Nzipondo to Domkragdam.Unfortunately we have not seen a single Hyena (so we have got an excuse to return to the Park again).
In all the Park was very well maintained and all the animals we saw were in fantastic conditions.
The shop was good stocked and all the staff very friendly and helpful. :clap:
This was already our second stay in Addo Elephant NP and it certainly will not be the last.We always felt very comfortable especially if you just got a few days to spend in one of the Parks that are close to the Garden Route.
We just cannot come to SA without beeing at least a little bit to the bush.And we are already looking forward to come to Kruger in November this year. :D :D
Haven't got the pictures though :oops: , sorry but I will post some of them as soon as I manage to prepare them for posting.
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Mon May 30, 2005 7:56 am

This looks like Kamkwa - the older of the two lionesses in the park. We can tell by her facial features, as well as her satellite collar, which is older than the one we recently fitted to the younger lioness.

Great picture!
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Unread post by katydownunder » Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:44 pm

I just posted some of my pics under the following thread:
Recent sightings in the Parks;
SANParks Sightings Photo's
I hope they show how much we enjoyed our time there :wink:
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Congrats on your ellies Megan!

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:21 am

For those who have not read it yet: read here.

How are the twins and little blacks?
Not posting much here anymore, but the photo's you can follow here There is plenty there.

Feel free to use any of these additional letters to correct the spelling of words found in the above post: a-e-t-n-d-i-o-s-m-l-u-y-h-c

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:22 am

The twins are still very well and thriving.
The two black rhino calves are also doing well and appear to have settled in to life without people around quite well.

The elephants that were released into Kuzuko area went out of their bomas the morning after release calmly and quickly and are busy exploring the new area. We will be releasing two Addo bulls in a few weeks time in order to gain a healthy mix of genes in this northern elephant population of Addo.
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Karoo Elephants

Unread post by Wild@Heart » Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:28 am

On a recent show on TV I saw that they are planning to reintroduce elephants in the Karoo National Park...

My question is that they are planning to remove ellies from Addo ... why not remove from the KNP who is currently way overpopulated instead of Addo? Is it because the KNP Ellies won't be able to addapt better to the harsh weather then the Addo Ellies?
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:08 am

Hi Megan,
How do the ellies cope with the change in their 'diet' coming from Kruger? Is the vegetation in their new home not very different to that in the Kruger? Is there any difference in climate in the area they have been released into to that in the Kruger and if so, do the ellies cope well with this?

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:18 am

The vegetation is definitely different, but there is plenty of suitable food. Acacia karoo (sweet thorn) is quite abundant, especially along the river areas. There are also succulent plants such as noors (Euphorbia coerulescens) - a species favoured by black rhino and therefore probably suitable for elephants.

We are setting up monitoring plots to monitor what effect the elephants will have on this nama-karoo vegetation.

The climate is very hot in summer and cold in winter (mornings and evenings) with a low rainfall (250 mm/yr) but there are enough waterpoints to cater for the needs of elephants and other wildlife in the area.

Although the summers are hot, elephants will be able to seek shade in the riverine thickets.
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:23 am

There are no plans as yet to introduce elephants to Karoo National Park.

I am not sure which tv programme you saw, but it could have been the elephants that we have introduced into the karoo area of the Addo Elephant National Park, or a private game reserve in the karoo that plans to introduce big five.

If it was the former, the family group that was introduced was translocated from Kruger.
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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:33 am

Hi Megan,

Tried to find the article on it but no luck .. thanks for the info ... I think what you said is correct ... me listening with half a ear again ...

Thank you for the info
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Bats

Unread post by ladza » Sun Sep 04, 2005 1:08 pm

Hi..visited Addo National Park last month and saw quite a lot of bats. Does anyone have idea of which species are found in Addo?


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