Saturday 29 December 2007
Tuesday 18 December 2007
In the meantime Djuma has experienced torrential rain, which has all but filled up Gowrie dam ... with more to come.
Sunday 16 December 2007
Hayley found this little baby bat on her way to the Final Control ... isn't it cute?
Jan the man preparing some dinner in our tiny kitchen ... won't be too long before WE are much better kitted out.
Rex and Simphiwe are on leave, but they'll be with us in spirit tonight at the party.
Tuesday 11 December 2007
The sun has set on yet another day here in the Sabi Sands. Nightfall in the bush awakes a predator. An illusive leopard hunts with caution, planning every step as he silently moves through the darkness towards his prey… but this story is not about a stalking leopard. It is a story of one of our well-known lions, the dominant male of the Kahuma Pride, Blondie, who has tragically fallen to the brutal, destructive and terrifying coalition of five male lions, known as the “Mapogo Males”.
Last night, as darkness settled over the bush, the horrifying sound of fighting lions was heard to the south of Djuma somewhere across one of our borders. The Rangers knew immediately that the Mapogo Males were a part of it because they had been spotted close to Cheetah Cut-line a couple of days ago. True to their name, which means, “bandits”, they were once again on the path of destruction.
During the day, the two Kahuma males were seen with one of the Sticks females. Blondie was mating with her when the Mapogo Males came across them. Sadly, the instinct to eliminate all competition prevailed and Blondie stood little chance against the five “bandits”. The younger male, Dozie, joined the struggle for a while but fled together with the female towards Buffelshoek, when he realized his big brother had fallen. Our hearts grew heavy as we heard the reports coming in over the radio. Blondie was paralyzed. His only chance of survival would have been retreat. His fate was now sealed.
The Sticks female escaped unharmed and is now, surprisingly, with the Mapogo Males, who will mate with her to ensure the survival of their genes. The only remaining Kahuma male, Dozie, was seen in Buffelshoek this morning with one of the Kahuma females. Dozie must now rise and take his place as the new dominant male of the Kahuma Pride. Some of the females have cubs and the Mapogo Males will want to kill them too, so Dozie’s responsibilities are great. He is now the only one that can ensure the survival of the Kahuma Pride.
As far as we know the Kahuma Pride now consists of one male, Dozie, nine females and thirteen cubs. All of us here at Wild Earth are hoping that Dozie will succeed in his task of protecting the Kahuma Pride and that, in time the cubs will grow up to be a part of this very special group that we have come to know and love.
The sun has set on yet another magnificent male lion’s life here in the Sabi Sands but I am sure, that whenever we see a buried lion track on the roads he used to walk on, we will think of him and remember him dearly.
Thursday 06 December 2007
Although we have upgraded our battery charging system and the power wiring on the 'Tank', WE still have power problems. As a result the drives have been cut slightly short over the past few days. Really for sure WE are working on the problem.
Sunday 02 December 2007
In the meantime we have installed a new battery charging system and completed an upgrade on the batteries themselves. Not only will this result in a much more reliable power system, but the new battery chargers require no management and this is a real relief to the WE crew. Over the past two months the crew have had to go to sleep later and wake up earlier in order to manage the battery charging, which has not been very popular. That is all behind us now. A very very big thank you to Pieter, Jan and Rex for always doing what it takes ... its in your natures.