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An long overdue update from Mashatu Game Reserve

An long overdue update from Mashatu Game Reserve
After Mashatu’s downpours just before Christmas in December 2013, ranger Fish captured the above image of the most incredible sighting of a herd of elephants grazing on the just-emerged Devil’s Thorn flower. This signature yellow carpet is just one of the things we love so much about Mashatu – not just for its beauty, but also for its ability to lure large breeding herds of elephants to open areas. Jackal’s Koppie is just one of these areas on the reserve. Isn’t it beautiful? The mighty leadwood tree has become a good hunting ground for Mashatu’s leopards. The female...
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Three new cheetah cubs on Mashatu!

Three new cheetah cubs on Mashatu!
There are three new cheetah cubs on Mashatu! Our proud mother that successfully raised five cubs from her last litter, and has returned after over three months of absence. After being off the radar for over two months, I became worried about her whereabouts With the help of guests who were staying at Mashatu Main Camp, we flew over NOTUGRE in the hope of picking up the radio signal from her collar. So off we went with my tracking equipment to fly over 72 000 hectares to find the missing cheetah! We removed the doors of the plane so that I could stick my aerial out. After covering almost the entire...
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Lion and Leopard Capture 2013 – Andrei Snyman

Lion and Leopard Capture 2013 – Andrei Snyman
Most viable large carnivore populations in Africa are now restricted to protected areas. African lion (Panthera leo) populations have been particularly hard-hit in recent decades, with many lion populations being restricted to small reserves geographically isolated from each other. Lions have vanished from over 80% of their historic range, and it is estimated that in the last decade lion numbers have declined from 200,000 to less than 35,000. Lions are currently listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. In a comprehensive...
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Cyberdiary – 13 May 2013

Cyberdiary – 13 May 2013
With the onset of autumn, the landscape of Mashatu is reflecting the warm colours associated with this time of year. The last few butterflies still remain, and some of the migratory birds can still be found, but the harsh sun has definitely been replaced by a cool breeze. On the last predator drive the old male lion, Matswane, was successfully tracked down. To our delight he was not alone, but accompanied by two lionesses – one of which had two cubs! The mother of the cubs was quite wary of our presence and gave us quite an impressive display, warning us to keep our distance in an effort to...
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Cyberdiary – 25 March 2013

Cyberdiary – 25 March 2013
Matswane, the old lion with one eye, has come back to Mashatu after almost a year of residing in the Tuli Circle in Zimbabwe. He was successfully tracked down on a predator drive just west of Mashatu Main Camp. His sudden appearance is intriguing, as his former territory, around the central area was taken over by two younger males around March 2012. His presence is a cause of concern as there are currently nine lion cubs sired by the other two males in the area. Male lions are known to kill cubs of other males. This behaviour is known as infanticide, and is an important part of the male lion...
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