CyberDiary – 22 September 2011

CyberDiary – 22 September 2011
With the days growing steadily warmer, it’s clear that summer is rapidly approaching. And the vegetation is readying itself for the occasion with an abundance of blossoming flowers. During the last two weeks the average temperature has hovered around 30ºC. That’s what we Africans like to call spring! As the seasons change, what strikes one most are the wonderful aromas the bush has to offer. Driving past the Acacia trees, Stink Sheppard’s bushes, Wild sage, and many other shrubs and trees that dot our landscape, is a truly heady experience. We’re definitely heading towards the end...
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National Geographic Australia visits Mashatu

National Geographic Australia visits Mashatu
It was with great pleasure and much excitement that we hosted National Geographic Australia at Mashatu recently. The purpose of their trip was to film a documentary on the various aspects of our Predator Research project. Lions and leopards were the main focus of their story, as the documentary forms part of Jouberts’ Big Cats Initiative which is set to air on NatGeo’s ‘Big Cat Week’ later this year. For nearly a week I accompanied the team on their quest to film Mashatu’s wildlife, in particular the big cats. NatGeo very kindly sponsored two GPS Satellite radio collars to be fitted onto...
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August Game Report

August Game Report
Predators are currently enjoying a veritable feast at Mashatu. In just one week there were seven recorded kills. The lions appear to be targeting eland and kudu at the moment. And from our sightings records, it appears that more than 80% of all eland kills were made in a riverbed. One theory is that the Central pride lionesses are using the thick, soft riverbed sand to their advantage, as chasing down eland bulls in this terrain would almost certainly give the cats the upper hand. Lions were seen 80% of the time during August. The days are getting progressively warmer. Spring has definitely arrived,...
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