Simbambili Game Lodge
A word from our rangers.
Leopard Diaries September 2012
Salayexe, the proud mother of 2 cubs spent a tremendous amount of time by herself over the past few weeks. It was worrying since her cubs are approaching the time when they could start eating meat. So far she hasn’t brought them to any kills that we know of.
The dominant male, Tingana, made a few kills in less accessible areas, for the game vehicles at least, which gave him a few days of peace as of late he has been constantly harassed by the female leopards wanting to mate with him.
The undisturbed silence didn’t last very long. He was walking his usual boundary patrol route when the young female, Moya, found him close to the Londolozi boundary.
After a few days of persistent following, Moya managed to convince Tingana that she was ready to mate. The last morning we tracked the two of them for at least 2 hours and eventually found them on a young Giraffe kill that they caught possibly 20 minutes before they were found.
This month closed off with a horrifying but freakishly exciting incident….….evidently something was killed overnight right in front of Simbambili’s reception. The Guides and Trackers quickly put their heads together and the evidence pointed to a clan of Hyenas that had killed a Bushbuck . The evidence can be seen in the above photograph of the Hyena paw print above. Regards,
The Simbambili Team
Photos and text by Pierre Mouton (Fieldguide)
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