Cyberdiary – 30 March 2012

Cyberdiary – 30 March 2012
Soft rain finally came to Mashatu! Yesterday some parts in the north and east of Main Camp received approximately 10mm plus. Small drainage lines and streams quickly filled and fed into the Majale River. Today also looks like we might have some more rain – let’s hope we do. Some rain is better than no rain… Good lion sightings were seen during the past week, combined with some excellent leopard sightings. A young male leopard was seen feeding on a ground hornbill – not exactly the type of prey you’d want to see a leopard feeding on, since ground hornbills are quite rare...
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Big Cat Week at Mashatu with National Geographic

Big Cat Week at Mashatu with National Geographic
From National Geographic, Australia: “To help stop the decline of big cats everywhere, 
Nat Geo Wild‘s Ben Britton takes you on a journey
 to Africa’s vast frontier to see first-hand how lion
 and leopard populations are slowly being rebuilt, one cub at a time”. About Big Cat Week More than a television event, Ben Britton’s Big Cat Week is an extension of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a long-term commitment to halt the decline of these iconic animals in the wild. Australians tuned-in to Nat Geo Wild from 26 February to see how this critical situation is...
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Cyberdiary – 22 March 2012

Cyberdiary – 22 March 2012
There has been no rain for the past two weeks! Although a warm and sunny day may quickly turn into a windy afternoon with massive clouds rolling in – showing promise of rain – we wait in vain. The landscape has seen worse and perhaps, like last year, the month we’ll finally get rain is known as April… General game sightings are plentiful and the waterholes, be it in riverbeds or those outside Main Camp & Tented Camp, are abuzz with activity. Two nights ago, while hosting guests in the famous ‘Gin-Trap’ at Main Camp, a female leopard made an appearance and...
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CyberDiary – 8 March 2012

CyberDiary – 8 March 2012
The new coalition of male lions are quickly setting deep roots in the reserve. The two brothers are currently in the central region, where one male is mating with one of the single roaming lionesses. On the other side of the reserve, in the south-west region, one of the lionesses was recently seen again with her three male cubs. It is believed that the second lioness is pregnant. Some small herds of elephants were seen closer to Main Camp and Eagels Nest, but the majority of the animals are believed to be further north within the Tuli Circle, as good grazing is available there due to pleasant rains...
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February Game Report

February Game Report
Weather Although light showers have been experienced in the area, the general feel and condition of the bush is harsh and dry. A recent thunderstorm just outside the reserve borders caused most of the smaller drainage lines and tributaries to flow, causing the Matebole River to nearly burst its banks. When looking at the bushveld it’s hard to believe that we find ourselves in summer. Compared to last year, this February looks very dry and we hope that the rains will still come. Temperatures are generally cooler than last month, with averages ranging between 21 – 33°C. Predators Predator...
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