Leopard Diaries November 2012
Moya clearly trying to attract as much attention to herself with her tail held up high is looking to establish a territory around the southern parts of big dam and into Londolozi between that of Kwatile's and Salayexe's territory. We've been seeing her scent marking and even calling territorially in this area on a regular basis.
Salayexe and her female cub are providing unbelievable sightings. The strong bond between mother and daughter clearly visible as they are constantly seen playing with one another. This strong bond will eventually disappear as the cub gets older and Salayexe starts to force her daughter into independence.
Moya was seen trying her best to entice Tingana into mating with her again earlier in the month and then recently was seen with Lamula doing the same thing. It seems she's undecided as to who she wants to father her cubs, it will be a tough decision as the border of their territories lies in the middle of hers. As long as she mates with both of the young males her cubs will likely be safe from infanticide.
Mvula's been seen a lot further west than normal and seems to be trying to extend his territory. This is not good news for Tingana as he has been venturing into Vuyatela too so it is likely that the two large males will eventually bump into each other. Mvula is older and larger and is likely to dominate the encounter.
Tingana as he rests on a termite mound one afternoon, a perfect vantage point to keep an eye on any prey close by.
The Styx pride have been spending long periods in the north recently, last week they were found on a large buffalo bull kill. The whole pride, comprising of the four adult lionesses, the two sub-adult females, the two sub-adult males and the three new cubs (two males and one female), were there.
The pride ate on the carcass for three days, a wonderful sight if you could cope with the smell towards the latter stages.
The three young Styx cubs were loving the buffalo carcass as you can clearly see here, full of blood!
The pack of wild dogs, now comprising of seven adults and four pups, have been running the impala to the ground in the north and like all other predators are particularly happy with the abundance of baby impala's this time of year.
The breeding herds of elephant have been ever present, always a favourite for anyone. This particular herd has been seen on numerous occasions and it is interesting to see how this old cow has been caring for both of the young calves in the picture. They have been inseparable and it is likely that the one calf's mother is incapable of caring for her new born. An amazing example of the bonds between individuals of an elephant breeding herd and how they we will adapt for their survival.
The Simbambili team
©Photos and text by Liam Rainier
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