CyberDiary – 25 August 2011

CyberDiary – 25 August 2011
The game viewing during the past few weeks has been nothing short of spectacular here at Mashatu. Recent guests even experienced the thrill of sitting with a female leopard and her three cubs while they tucked into yet another impala kill. This mother is quite an astute hunter, and makes full use of the skills she’s acquired in her 12 or so years. I mentioned in a previous update that the impala are inclined to gather beneath the large canopies of the Mashatu tree, as the feeding baboons seem to drop more of the fruit than they eat. A fact the leopard mom was quick to pick up on. In the last...
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CyberDiary – 11 August 2011

CyberDiary – 11 August 2011
There’s not a day that goes by that Mashatu doesn’t – in shape or form – deliver spectacular game viewing. Baboons are still seen feeding, or rather, gorging themselves, on the fruit of the evergreen Mashatu trees. And although it’s not currently the best season for birding, we’ve enjoyed some wonderful sightings of our resident feathered species. The Lilac-breasted Roller and Little Bee-eaters are both frequently seen, as is is the the Kori Bustard, which also happens to be Botswana’s national bird, as well as the heaviest flying bird. The more popular and sought...
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CyberDiary – 4 August 2011

CyberDiary – 4 August 2011
General Game Viewing Although the bush is heading into the late stages of the dry season, general game viewing is still spectacular. Large herds of elephant have been seen congregating along the remaining waterholes in the dry riverbeds, while impala and kudu are making the most of the fruit dropped by baboons feeding in the large Mashatu trees. You could almost say that game viewing has improved as a result of the bush becoming more sparse and open. One very special site sighting we enjoyed recently was that of an albino porcupine. We now believe there to be at least two of these albinos on Mashatu....
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July Game Report

July Game Report
Lions The Duma-Brothers (coalition of three males) are spending all their time around Solomon’s Wall and the surrounding area. On a couple of occasions did we saw not only the three males, but also the lionesses living in the same region. Those males have clearly made that part of Mashatu their residence, so hopefully this will result in the females raising a new generation of cubs soon as mating between the lions was reported this month. The Central pride is still going from strength to strength. They were seen on numerous occasions, but because of the late cold front and very windy conditions, they...
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