Ecosystem Overview – January 2013

Ecosystem Overview – January 2013
New Year’s Eve brought great hopes for rainfall in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, when several millimeters were received at the stroke of midnight. Average rainfall for the greater reserve is estimated to be around 400mm, but last year produced only 100.5mm for Main Camp. Moving into January, hopes were rising that 2013 would bring more rainfall for the land and wildlife. Despite dry conditions through the first two weeks of the month, a positive outlook persisted and on the 14th, we graciously welcomed 1mm. The next day brought our first real rain event, which continued through the 16th, with a...
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A tense moment in the bush between predators

A tense moment in the bush between predators
On the morning of January 7th, ranger Bashi and his guests – regulars from Italy – had a nice sighting of a mother leopard and her small two month old cub. Later that evening they returned to the area in the hope of having another glimpse. The scene had dramatically changed, however. The mother was found again in a tree, but there was no sign of the young one. Below the mother, a pride of lions lounged in the shade. The group consisted of two females – sisters who are excellent hunters – and their five big cubs. The cubs are from two different litters, separated by just a few...
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