Hukumuri – a new and relatively young male (about 5 years old) – has cleverly and successfully wedged himself between the western male, Anderson’s and the eastern male, Tingana’s territories. They were either not frequently enforcing their boundaries, or didn’t detect him quickly enough to deter him. New kid on the block – Hukumuri male
We have recently noticed a change in the leopard dynamics around the lodge. With the loss of female leopards, Karula and Salayexe, a space has been created for new arrivals as they move into the vacant spots. Shadow has now moved more towards Karula’s old spot, which means we no longer see her around
It is important to always stop and appreciate the sounds around you in the bush. On a recent morning safari, my guests and I had stopped for our morning coffee when our tracker, Norman, heard impala alarm calls not too far from where we were. We decided to leave our coffee and head towards the
Typical of this time of year the bush is thriving with new life, within the impala population. Opportunistic predators will naturally take advantage of the extremely easy prey of new born lambs. In this ‘season of plenty’, Salayexe the leopard and her cub have been the subject of many incredible sightings for visitors to Arathusa.
As Mvula reaches the end of his dominance, he is slowly losing territory to his rival, Tingana. It is only a matter of time before he will be pushed out completely. Mvula enjoyed a lengthy dominance in this area, and has been very successful in furthering his blood line. His deteriorating state reflects his age,
The afternoon was hot and sticky as we haven’t had much rain. A lot of the animals have taken up residence at the waterhole to keep cool and hydrated. We were following a male and female leopard, Tingana and Karula, who were stalking a very injured and obviously exhausted buffalo towards a small pan. The
On a recent afternoon drive, we came across Shadow busy ‘on the prowl’. Despite repeated attempts, we could not see what she was hunting as the bush was dense and visual clarity was compromised. But she was definitely hunting something, as she gradually slunk lower and lower as she slowly stalked her prey. Then, with
It’s impressive to see that our territorial leopards, Tingana and Shadow, are maintaining their strong bond. The Anderson male leopard has been pushing so much further into Tingana’s territory. As a result of this pressure, Tingana is moving further away from Shadow’s area, which isn’t good news for her cub Madiba. We are not worrying
This winter has been fairly temperate, and as the days warm up the bush is thinning quite nicely. This gives us a good clear view from the roads. Our morning started off beautifully, with sightings of herds of elephants, buffalo and a wide variety of general antelope species. We also got to see a lot
We were fortunate to locate the leopards, Karula and Tingana, as the first sighting on one of our recent game drives. The two animals were about 10 metres away from the vehicle when we first noticed them, and were copulating every five minutes. After mating about three times, Tingana came up to lie in the
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