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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread post by lion queen » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:12 am

Wow great news........thanks for sharing Tom............ :thumbs_up:
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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread post by NetEk » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:23 am

Please please please keep us informed........

Where were the "boys" on the west or eastern side?
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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread post by Tom124 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:57 pm

@MM, great to be back, thanks!

@giraffee - Unfortunately I missed out on working with Andrei, but I worked very closely with Stuart Quinn, a wonderful man and very talented too. The Duma Boys are collared, so the odds of being shot are very slim, thank goodness. Stuart did tell us about a six month period last year when they lost six lions, which is so tragic. I assume the forums heard about the atrocious killing of over 20 wild dog, and a leopard and wild cat last year.

@LQ - most welcome!

@NetEk - the boys were on the western side of the park, although still quite central.
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Re: Lions in Mapungubwe

Unread post by Scottm » Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:58 am

Tom124 wrote:.....The free-roaming lion population was in dire straits less than a decade ago, but there are currently 39 known individuals in the area, including two tagged at Tuli which are now resident in Mapungubwe - the Duma Boys. It was a wonderful experience, ...


The Duma Boys were in Pitsani on the 13th Feb, just across the Limpopo from Mapungubwe (in Botswana). Both looked healthy, although relatively thin and in need of a meal. There were plenty of impala and it would have simply been a matter of time before they took one for supper on that day.

One of them (the collared one), with a broken tooth:
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and for interest, a crop of the area:
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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:32 am

Ouch, that must be sore :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: What a gorgeous picture. Thank you :thumbs_up:
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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:10 am

What a great sighting!!! :clap: :clap:

Thank you so much for sharing!! :gflower:

I have to agree MM that looks ouch!! :(
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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by NetEk » Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:51 pm

We saw Lions from the decks running in the Sashi last week..... Sorry no pics :cry:

And heard them the last night 10/07.
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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by George_Brits » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:43 am

I have visited Limpopo Forest Tented camp during the weekend 2 - 5 October, although I have not sighted the lions, I have seen fresh spoor and heard them during the night of 4 October, although they were very far away. I heard hyena too so perhaps the lions have made a kill.

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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:59 pm

George_Brits wrote:I have visited Limpopo Forest Tented camp during the weekend 2 - 5 October, although I have not sighted the lions, I have seen fresh spoor and heard them during the night of 4 October, although they were very far away. I heard hyena too so perhaps the lions have made a kill.


That would be great! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by giraffee » Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:36 pm

Thanks for the update George. :gflower:
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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by BirgitJo » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:17 pm

Hallo,
I was in Mapungubwe from 25. - 28.09. and stayed in Leokwe Camp.
On 26. 09. there were lions not far away from the camp. For those of you, who know the place , they were close to the big Baobab.
I saw them twice. First around noon and you could only see a head for some seconds.
Then when I came back from the viewing decks around 5:30 pm they were close to the road ( 3-5 m). It was 2 lioness with 5 not so small cubs. It was fantastic :dance: :dance:
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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by lion queen » Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:06 am

BirgitJo wrote:Hallo,
I was in Mapungubwe from 25. - 28.09. and stayed in Leokwe Camp.
On 26. 09. there were lions not far away from the camp. For those of you, who know the place , they were close to the big Baobab.
I saw them twice. First around noon and you could only see a head for some seconds.
Then when I came back from the viewing decks around 5:30 pm they were close to the road ( 3-5 m). It was 2 lioness with 5 not so small cubs. It was fantastic :dance: :dance:
Bye Birgit


Great news about the 5 not so small cubs!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

I'm so glad you had such a great visit! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by Dave Moore » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:07 pm

Does anyone know of any recent lion activity on the Western side of the park?

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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by giraffee » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:55 pm

Just returned. 4 nights at LFTC. Lion, hyena and jackal sounds at night. Far away, must be Mashatu to the west. A gorgeous healthy young male lion was spotted on the Den Staat road by a fellow visitor.
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Re: Mapungubwe: Lions

Unread post by arks » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:22 pm

Is the Den Staat road now open for all vehicle or still restricted (as it was a year ago) to 4x4s? I hope the lion was within the park part of that road? Worrying if lions are venturing outside of the park.
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