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Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by Lesego » Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:40 pm

South African National Parks (SANParks) announces that it will be relocating the lion which escaped from Karoo National Park at the end of March to the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP).

The lion will be moved into a boma within an existing 200ha enclosure in the Kuzuko contractual section of the AENP for him to become bonded with the two (2) young females who are currently in the enclosure. The two young females were the cubs that were rescued in Addo Main Camp after their mother was killed by a snake early last year. They survived for about 2 months on their own and, with the help of the public, rangers were able to rescue them. The CEO of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni said, “This lion, at three years of age, is still young enough to bond with the two females and ultimately establish himself as the resident pride male”. This option forms part of the Frontier Cluster’s Carnivore Management Plan.

The plan aims to restore or mimic the natural social dynamics of lion behavior, in this case by simulating the dispersal of male lions that would be found in large conservation systems like the 2 million hectares of the Kruger National Park or the 3 million of the Kgalalgadi Transfrontier Park.

The lions will then be released into the park to be free-ranging. The fence between Kuzuko and the neighbouring Darlington section of AENP is due to be dropped soon which will then provide the three lions with 60 000 ha over which to roam.

“There is always a risk that this lion may break out again, but this will be mitigated to a large extent by reducing any potential conflict with other males, by placing him in a boma within the existing 200ha boma, and ultimately by establishing him as the dominant male”, said Mketeni.

The combined area of Darlington and Kuzuko is large, with a substantial prey base and only one other coalition of ageing male lions, and hence the pressure on Sylvester will be minimal. In addition, we have an area to the west of the dam to which these males can be retired if necessary. Mketeni, said “We remain committed to our conservation mandate and can give the public assurance that this decision was in the best interests of the animal and conservation. This decision involved consultation with SANParks Park and Regional Management, Scientific Services and Veterinary Wildlife Services.”

Mketeni said that this option was one of several that were considered and was the option with the most benefits for the lion, as well as for SANParks’ broader carnivore management. “We will ensure that the lion is fully integrated in line with our Frontier Region Carnivore Management Plan,” said Mketeni.

“We would like to thank members of the public for their interest in this lion and their continued interest in conservation generally. We attempted to respond to every message we received but eventually abandoned this due to the sheer number of messages received in the last two weeks”.
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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by Lennie Senior » Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:14 pm

Fantastic news for Addo (and Sylvester !) Thanks for the update.

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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by Philip1 » Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:54 pm

:dance: Great news Lesego. :gflower:
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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:25 pm

Great news Lesego! Thank you for the update! :gflower: :gflower:

May Sylvester and his 2 companions live a happy life!!
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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:20 am

:D :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Sylvester is such a good looking fellow. I am sure that the young ladies will enjoy the company.
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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by manicwalker » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:27 am

Lesego,
Thank you for this great news :gflower:
Thank you to all concerned for making plans to keep him safe... :clap:
Lets hope Sylvester will be a happy lion with the two girls,
and he will become a "stay at home" lion :whistle:

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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by George_Brits » Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:44 am

Thank you for the update, Lesego! Much appreciated. I think "Sylvester" will be mesmerised by the beauty of those two young females

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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:27 am

Thank you for the update Lesego. Thank you Sanparks.
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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by RayK » Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:39 pm

Hi Lesego,
That was quite a saga. Thanks to the effort of the many people involved the story of Sylvester had a happy ending. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by Lennie Senior » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:58 pm

Do we know whether Sylvester has already been moved to his new location at Addo ?

If not, it would be nice to know he is around in the same park as what I would be camping on Sunday, although I know he may not receive any visitors because he was naughty !

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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by Stoffel » Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:42 am

Do you know where the boma is where Sylvester is/was kept? It can be seen from Potlekkertjie Loop (near the square Klipdam), but quite far from the road. Obviously tourist are not allowed to go to the boma, but we have seen a male lion in the boma with the help of binoculars.
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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by FrontierPR » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:43 pm

The lion is still at Karoo. We are awaiting permits from provincial departments, among others, before the move can happen. Rest assured that an update will be posted here when the day comes.
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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by Stoffel » Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:56 pm

Len - With a bit of luck you can then probably still see Sylvester with the aid of binoculars. If you look in a westerly direction (towards the border of the park) just before you get to the square Klipdam (dam built from natural rock) on the Potlekkertjie Loop, you can see the boma in a distance. The turn-off to the boma is at the Klipdam - but obviously closed (with a chain) to the public. The time when we saw the one male in the boma was when they were two together and apparently were naughty shortly after release and taken back to the boma for some "house of correction" detention (the phrase that one of the local Honorary Rangers used) before being released again. I don't know if Sylvester was one of the two, but if so, this is probably when his mischief started already. I trust he will have a good life in Addo.
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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:04 pm

Rest assured that an update will be posted here when the day comes.

Thank you, FrontierPR :gflower:
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Re: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:25 pm

:gflower: :gflower: :gflower:

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