Elephant Update – 25 June 2012

Elephant Update – 25 June 2012
The month of May saw no rain, so the behavior of elephants and other wildlife began to change to cope with limitations of water and food resources. One of the key elements to elephant research includes monitoring the movement of the herd through the use of radio telemetry collars. As the landscape continues to dry out throughout the winter months, and replenishes during the wet summer season, collared elephants shed light on the survival strategies they use. Those of you who have travelled to Mashatu may have had the pleasure of observing one of our collared females, “Agatha”. This is one of her...
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Cyberdiary – 17 June 2012

Cyberdiary – 17 June 2012
There was spectacular game viewing this week at Mashatu. By far the most amazing sighting ever was the morning when guests were watching a family of six cheetahs hunt and kill a steenbok. Now this was not your usual kill – if there is such a thing as a ‘common’ kill, as every kill by predators that we witness is special. The mother of the five cheetah cubs had her eye on a steenbok and with the help of her yearling cubs, they finally manage to get it…or so they thought. The cunning steenbok managed to escape the claws of the cheetahs and ran for the safely of the vehicle! It darted...
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May Game Report

May Game Report
Wonderful sightings were seen at Mashatu during the month of May. The three cheetah brothers made their way back into the reserve, and there were frequent sightings of them. As with African Wild Dogs, cheetah traverse large tracts of land and this was quite evident from sightings of these three boys – they were seen in the far east of the reserve, and a day or two later they were seen entering back into the area, but from the west! Large herds of eland were observed, as well as numerous smaller herds of zebra. Wildebeest are still mostly concentrated along areas of the Vlei. Elephant herds are...
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