Another week has come to an end and we get to share with you some of our favourite sightings from the week. We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of “A week in the bush”!
Worthy of first mention – the White Dam young male! This young leopard has been seen on an almost daily basis for some weeks now and we have been enjoying sightings of him hunting and mating! He has been seen mating with the Little Bush female and Msuthlu female in recent weeks; and this past week he has continue to mate with the Msuthlu female. They were interrupted by his father, Maxabeni, who is also the dominant male in the area. Something our rangers and trackers have never seen – was the father and son both mating with the same female in the same sighting!
An old face we don’t get to see too often – Xovonekela – showed up in the southern section of the reserve where he posed perfectly on a termite mound.
As the sun started to set, the Kashane male started to move around his territory in search of a meal.
A new face to Sabi Sabi, the Mbavala male. We spent time with this big male leopard as he seemed to be exploring a new territory in Sabi Sabi.
A couple of days after been seen mating with the White Dam male and Maxabeni male, the Msuthlu female leopard gave us an amazing sighting as she sprinted off in front of us and caught a gosling off an Egyptian Goose!
We ended our leopard sightings this week with a lovely sighting of the Little Bush female as she went about her business marking her territory.
The perfect start to an early morning safari began with a lovely sunrise, followed later in the day by a sighting of the Toulon Pack of wild dogs. At first there were only 2 dogs but shortly after, the rest of the pack regrouped and started moving through some open area. They were on the hunt they at first chased a scrub hair into a termite mound. It luckily got away unharmed where after they went for a small group of impala but were also unsuccessful. They managed to get something small but we didn’t witness it – we only noticed blood on the legs and face of one dog.
General sightings have again been spectacular with wonderful sightings across the reserve.
Until next time…
Blog by Wendy Claase
Images by Kevan Dobbie, Terry Ennever, Frederik Aucamp, Franscois Rosslee, Chanyn-Lee Zeelie, Kyle Strautmann, Eve Wood-Hill and Greg Heasman
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