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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread post by Munchkin » Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:02 pm

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This pic should show one of the gates to the camping site - note the electrified wires on the road, basically you ride over these with your vehicle - same situation at the campsite and at the main chalet area. It would appear that the gates remain closed and when you drive up to a certain "white line" (sensor) the gates open automatically ....!

The huge tortoises are still very active in the campsite and we even had a Scrub hare come visit on our last morning - So, we missed out on the Zebra's coming to graze because of the fence........ but so be it! Still a lovely Park and one of the best camping sites in SA!
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread post by Touareg » Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:36 am

This was on the Internet News24 yesterday:

Four lions and four cubs were released in the Karoo National Park (KNP) on Wednesday becoming the first wild, free-ranging lions in the Great Karoo, SANParks said.

This was after an absence of lions in the area for almost 170 years.

"Apart from their biodiversity value, the introduction of lions will have great tourism value for the KNP and the Great Karoo region," regional general manager Lucius Moolman said.

Visitors would now be able to experience both the tranquillity of the Karoo and the thrill of spotting lions in the wild, he said.

"The eight lions had been resident in the park bomas since late September to allow them to acclimatise to the new surroundings before their release.

"The lions were translocated from Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape where the establishment of a lion population has been very successful following their introduction in 2003."

Predator-prey balance


SANParks took the decision to introduce the lions to KNP in a bid to restore the natural functioning of the predator-prey balance in the ecosystem and to conserve it.

"It is expected that the lions will prey mainly on the larger herbivores of the park including gemsbok, which number over 1 500 animals, red hartebeest (1 400 animals) and eland (about 400 animals) as well as kudu (700 animals) and ostrich (600 birds)," Sanparks said.

Prior to the release of the lions, the park's rest camp area, reception complex, camping ground, swimming pool and popular fossil trail was secured with low-level electrified fencing.

Predator-proof fencing was completed around the 176km perimeter of the almost 90 000 hectare park to minimise the risk of lions escaping onto neighbouring properties.

"SANParks will initially monitor the lions closely with the aid of tracking collars fitted before the release to check what habitats the lions use, what prey species they target as well as to record their movements," it said.

The carrying capacity for lions in the KNP was set at between 15 and 20 lions depending on the conditions in the park and availability of prey species.

The KNP is situated off the N1 highway just outside the town of Beaufort West in the Western Cape
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Re: LIONS RELEASED IN KAROO NP AFTER 170 years ABSENCE

Unread post by Chantellet » Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:21 am

South African National Parks (SANParks) took the decision to introduce lions to the Karoo National Park in a bid to restore the natural functioning of the predator-prey balance in the ecosystem as well as to ensure that all historically-occurring species are once again conserved in the Park.

It is expected that the lions will prey mainly on the larger herbivores of the Park including gemsbok, which number over 1500 animals, red hartebeest (1400 animals) and eland (about 400 animals) as well as kudu (700 animals) and ostrich (600 birds).
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Re: LIONS RELEASED IN KAROO NP AFTER 170 years ABSENCE

Unread post by Chantellet » Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:39 am

The two male lions, two lionesses and four cubs were released from the boma in Karoo National Park, becoming the first wild, free-ranging lions in the Great Karoo

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Re: LIONS RELEASED IN KAROO NP AFTER 170 years ABSENCE

Unread post by JustNature » Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:40 am

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This one is on News24
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:27 am

Well, it's been a very exciting past 24 hours, being part of the historic occasion of releasing the lions into Karoo National Park. Here are the photos:

Before release, in the bomas:
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After the gates were opened:
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This morning, the two males had already moved quite a distance, investigating their new territory. One female had also moved out while the other female and four cubs were still at the bomas, finishing off their meal.
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread post by LionWhisperer » Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:02 am

Hello There

Does anyone know in which part of the park, or which area the lions are in?
Maybe even where the Bomas where?

The Park is rather big, with the roads not even covering half the park?

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Re: LIONS RELEASED IN KAROO NP AFTER 170 years ABSENCE

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Re: LIONS RELEASED IN KAROO NP AFTER 170 years ABSENCE

Unread post by Senyetse » Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:41 pm

Photos are here. Perhaps a mod should merge?
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread post by Munchkin » Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:03 pm

:dance: Awesome Megan - :thumbs_up: thanks for posting pics for us lesser mortals! :lol:

Super excited for Karoo NP - Sanparks staff at Karoo must be soo chuffed and rightfully proud of their Park! :clap: :clap: Thanks to all involved in this historic moment! Can't wait to visit again and again and again.....!!
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:36 pm

No, there will be hikes, but they will be escorted by guides.
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:35 am

BuffaloBul wrote:I am also visiting the park but in early Jan :mrgreen: Exited to see the new Lions, will their teritory span the whole park or is there a smaller area were they are regularly spotted?

The lions have access to the entire Park. It's early days still so we don't know if they will favour certain areas, but keep an eye on this topic :popcorn: to see where they are sighted.
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:06 am

These great photos were taken this morning at about 6.10am by the Senior Section Ranger, Johan. The two male lions were very close to the restcamp in the area of the bird hide:

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So that's good news for all of you dying to see the lions :popcorn:

And don't worry, we're not in the running for your prize BB :tongue:

The two lionesses and cubs have already made a kill sometime in the past week in the area behind the staff village. They are now in the Potlekkertjie Loop area. The two males were in the Lammertjiesleegte area before they moved closer to the restcamp this morning.
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Re: LIONS RELEASED IN KAROO NP AFTER 170 years ABSENCE

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:04 am

Bush Baptist wrote:OK, here is a competition.

Who will be the first forumite visitor to post a pic of the FREE lions that they saw on a visit to the park.

Prize?, tell you later.


Ok, we've decide to step up the game a bit :dance: We will offer a prize of two nights accommodation for two people in Karoo NP to the first forumite who posts a pic of the lions in the Park, starting from today.

The conditions related to the prize are:
1. You must be registered as a forum member and have taken the photo yourself (SANParks staff and staff of affiliated businesses e.g. the park restuarant do not qualify)
2. You must have stayed overnight in the Park to get the photo (i.e. not open to day visitors)
3. The prize is valid for 6 months from the date of the posting of photo on the forum, not including school and public holidays
4. The prize may not be exchanged for cash and is not transferable
5. Reservations are subject to availability and preferred timing must be made available well in advance
6. The prize is for 2 people and meals are not included (except for breakfast). Additional persons are for own account.

Good luck :thumbs_up:
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Re: Karoo Lions

Unread post by Stoffel » Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:57 pm

Getting too dark now to see anything further. But until a few minutes ago we were sitting on our stoep (chalet no. 22), watching the two female lions and 3 of the cubs (our neighbours saw the fourth one, but not us) eating on a zebra carcass about 400 metres away from us. Unfortunately too far to have taken photos. The neighbour invited us to look through his telescope. What a good sighting - far but clear.

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