Monday, 29 February 2016

#safariLIVE Viewer Profile: A View From the Baltic


On the small island of Gotland, Peter Pettersson watches over some 200 sheep on a farm in the Baltic Sea. He lives a quiet life there with his wife and the Texel ewes, and is a man of few words. He does, however, have a lot to say about animals.

"The animals, plants and even we humans are part of the earth's environment and ecosystems," he says. He enjoys watching safariLIVE for this very reason. "WildEarth helps us to understand the context by showing us many different animals and landscapes from different parts of our planet. Moreover, it is real, fun and addictive!"

Wood carving by Peter Pettersson

Peter has been an avid follower of the safaris and WildEarth since 2009. As a shepherd, he also loves watching the Missouri Lambing Cam, and was the first to see the first live birth via the cam in 2015. He also lists taking walks, looking after his flock, listening to the radio and carving wood into pieces of art as interests.

Wood carving by Peter Pettersson

Peter enjoys the isolation his life at Hellvi Norrgårde, the farm where he is based, offers him. But is equally glad he discovered a window to an outside world so far removed from his own in safariLIVE and the WildEarth cams.

If you have an interesting story to tell about your #safariLIVE experience, and would like to be featured in a future #safariLIVE Viewer Profile, contact us with your contributions, photo and video submissions at mystory@wildearth.tv. You could be interviewed next!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Cat Report - 6 February - 24 February 2016: A recap on all the cat action over the past month!

Saturday the 6th of February

Some freshes faces greet us this morning with a sighting of 3 Styx lioness. The cats were spotted by Brent early on the sunrise safari, bathed in the glory of the African sunrise. At the start of the month one of the females was sighted mating with one of the Birmingham Boys on Nkorho, with any luck she is pregnant and hopefully the pitter patter of tiny lion paws will be heard once again in the Northern Sabi Sands! In the meantime it seems the lionesses are doing well, they are well fed, looking healthy and enjoying the cool of the early morning.

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(Styx Lioness, Screenshot Credit: Deborah Bonneville‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Later in the day we are treated to a very special visit from the Queen of Djuma, Karula. After discovering her cub(s) last week we have not seen much of her but even leopard mothers need to eat and drink! Scott caught up with her on the sunset safari, she was mobile and determined. He thinks that maybe she is on the lookout for a new den site, a good omen, suggesting that her offspring are doing well and it may be time to den somewhere a little larger.


Sunday the 7th of February

Although no cat sightings were had on safariLIVE, one of the Birmingham Boys was spotted strolling nonchalantly across an open plain on Chitwa Chitwa. He stopped for a brief drink at the fresh water pan and then did what lions do best...sleep on top of the dam wall!

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(Birmingham Boy Male Lion, Image Credit: Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge, Chitwa Chitwa)

Another hugely popular but not often seen character has also been spotted today on Cheetah Plains, Kunyuma, an impressive and growing male leopard who once prowled Djuma under the protection of his mother Karula. He was sighted having a long drink and patrolling around his new home area, only time will tell whether he’ll be able to hold on to this territory or not. As a young male of about 3 years he has yet to reach his full size and maturity, making the establishment of a territory difficult at his age and size.

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(Kunyuma, Male Leopard, Image Credit: Cheryl Hamilton, Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve)

Monday the 8th of February

Relief this morning when the Nkuhuma pride are found mobile through Djuma. The unaccounted for lioness is back with the pride. Very little is known about what she was up to in her time away. It’s impossible to know for certain where she was or what drew away from the pride for those days, however, she is none the worse for wear. The cats were flat as ever and savouring the last minutes of couth before the heat of the blazing sun settles in for the day. Jamie reckons that these cats had a kill that was potentially stolen in the night. They were uneasy with the presence of the vehicle so Jamie is sure to give them plenty of room. At the end of the sunrise drive Jamie left them in their sleep-state for the day.
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(Nkuhuma Pride of Lions [front] Jamie & Andrew [back], Screenshot Credit: Susan McDowell‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Later that evening during the sunset safari Jamie returns to the lazy cats. The remain highly static for the duration of the sunset safari. Reports on the 5th member of the pride indicate she is still in passionate throws with of the Birmingham Boys on Nkorho. She’s been sighted with the large male for a few days now, hopefully all this mating coincides with a genuine oestrous cycle and with any luck some new little lions are on the way!

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(Nkuhuma lioness and Birmingham male lion, Image Credit:  Karin van der Merwe, Nkorho Bush Lodge)

From the big golden cats to the graceful spotty ones, Tingana, was also found today on Elephant Plains Game Lodge. He’s made a zebra kill and has hoisted it into a large tree, a good idea considering his last kill was stolen in the night by hyena. He spent the evening in the tree feeding and by the next morning he has already moved on.

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(Tingana male Leopard with kill, Image Credit: Louis Liversage, Elephant Plains Game Lodge)


Tuesday the 9th of February

The safariLIVE drives kicked off in the morning with the Nkuhuma pride. There are still only 4 lionesses present in the sighting when Brent and Andrew arrive. As ever, the cats were flat and spent the majority of the morning hoping between pools of shade to avoid the inferno like rays of sunshine beating down on them. Brent eventually leaves the sleeping lions for the morning, certain they will be in the same spot later in the day.

Brent’s predictions on the lions prove to be correct as Jamie heads through to catch up with them on sunset safariLIVE drive. The lions could not be less interested in working up the effort to move. Indeed the most movement we saw them do was to rise up and walk a few meters before collapsing on each other in the afternoon light. As the sun set the lions decided to change up their routine and instead of lying under a bush decide to lie up right next to the vehicle providing a good challenge to camera operator, Bryan, who created very dynamic shots of lioness obscured by vehicle. Brent then leaves them for the evening.

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(Nkuhuma Lioness, Screenshot Credit: Agnes Zsiga‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Wednesday the 10th of February

A very special visit came in the form of the Wild Dogs this morning! Jamie starts off the safariLIVE drive by heading to Sydney’s dam, word was the wild dogs were mobile in that direction and Jamie didn’t want to miss out on any of the action. Sure enough, as she arrived so did the dogs trying to run down a totally harassed impala ram. The adults then broke off from the rather large pups and chased the impala further into the bush. The pups then turned and made straight for Djuma, in direct line with the safariLIVE cameras! The adults return to find the pups a few minutes later after a failed hunt attempt and they rest up in the shade for a few minutes before exploding off into the bush again. Absolute chaos then erupts, it seems there was not one but two packs on the property and their paths just happened to cross! They disappear in a cloud of dust and wild yipping and then all goes silent. Jamie searched frantically for any sign of them and eventually finds them as they head into Simbambili.

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(Investec Pack of Wild Dog, Screenshot Credit: Linda McCaslin‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

On the same morning we were also treated to a visit by Shadow, one of Karula’s daughters and dominant female on Arathusa. She has made her way onto the reserve and behind some very thick bush. All we could see of the cat are some dangling paws and a few spots visible through the verdant green leaves. She’s very flat and not doing much so Jamie soon left her and headed back towards the area where the wild dogs were.

Later the same day Shadow’s mother, Karula is found on the reserve by safariLIVE presenter Stef Winterboer. She’s making her way through the bush in the afternoon light on the prowl and scent marks as she does so, she stops for a much needed drink at the Djuma freshwater pan and eventually she meandered off the road into some thick bush. Stef does not follow, due to the current situation with her newborn cub(s), as it stands no extra pressure is being put on the cat due to her maternal state. We leave her walking off into the night, most likely returning to her new den sight.

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(Karula female Leopard, Screenshot Credit: MJ Bradley, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Not long after the sighting with Karula, James finds Tingana who was also on a territory patrol combined with hunt. He made his way through his new territory on Djuma and also stopped for a drink. In fact he arrived at the Djuma freshwater pan very soon after Karula left. He lounges next to the water and drinks until all the light of the day is gone and we are forced to leave him to his business for the evening.

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(Tingana Male Leopard, Screenshot Credit: Agnes Zsiga‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Thursday the 11th of February

Another visit from our favourite canine friends kicks off the safariLIVE drive with both presenters in the middle of all the action. As usual the dogs created chaos as they coursed through the bush chasing everything in sight, running, skipping, jumping and playing as they went. They eventually run down an exhausted antelope and devour it in seconds. This is their second kill for the morning, they were initially found with a lifeless scrub hare. A fight seems to break out amongst the pack members but soon all is forgotten and the pack move on to torment an already terrorised elephant. Soon after the dogs found an equally terrorised hyena and chase it relentlessly through the bush before bound out of our traverse to continue their wild antics elsewhere.

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(Wild Dog, Pack Unidentified, Screenshot Credit: Claire Armendinger‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

On the same day the Nkuhuma pride are spotted on Nkorho, they are in the presence of one of the Birmingham Boys and all five members of the pride have been reunited. There are strange circumstances around this sighting as the lions had chased a kudu into the freshwater pan and spent the last minutes of the dying daylight frustratedly trying to reach the terrified kudu (watch video here.) Unfortunately neither the kudu nor the lions were the victor, the kudu, now completely exhausted drowns and the lions are kept from the water’s edge by a rather large and irritable hippo.

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(Nkuhuma Lionesses [left] & Birmingham male Lion [right], Image Credit: Nkorho Rangers, Nkorho Bush Lodge)

Friday the 12th of February

The week ends on a wild note, again the dogs are on the property racing through the bush and on the hunt. And once again Jamie and Brent are the team to catch up with them. After some intense off-roading chasing after the hyperactive hounds they make their way off the property to continue the hunt elsewhere and although their visit was brief it was as exciting as ever!

The week closes off with a sighting of one of the Birmingham Boys on Nkorho. He spent the day lazing in the shade away from the hot sun and as the last rays of light disappear behind the mountains he heads down to the freshwater pan for an evening drink.

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(Birmingham male Lion, Image Credit: Nkorho Rangers, Nkorho Bush Lodge)

Monday the 15th February

A quick fast forward through the weekend as not much cat action unfolded, but that’s not to say that no action unfolded. We joined Brent on his Sunset drive with the very well fed Nkuhuma pride. They made a buffalo kill in the area last night and have fed themselves to the point of bursting. At the end of the drive we left the cats full, sleepy and content.

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(Nkuhuma Pride, Screenshot Credit: Gabi Hossain‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Tuesday the 16th of February

We began the day with the still well satiated and incredibly lazy Nkuhuma ladies. It appeared they had consumed more of the prize buffalo kill during the night. When Brent arrived at the scene early on the sunrise safari he found them lazing about in the cooling shade casually glancing from here to there at any small scent or movement that piqued their interest.

Aside from the king of the beasts we had an incredibly rare and special treat from an animal that is most uncommon to find on the property. A large and stunning graceful male cheetah popped in for a visit. Presenter Scott Dyson finds this magnificent gentleman resting his long powerful legs while observing the wild from a termite mound. Initially it was thought our rare guest was a leopard but upon closer inspection the distinct black tear mark and the fighter jet styled body reveal his true species. The identity of the individual is unknown and he didn’t make any identification attempt easy as he wound his way through some rather thick bush, eventually he is lost and despite the efforts of 3 vehicles is not found again.

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(Unknown Cheetah Male, Screenshot Credit: Laura Henriksson‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)


Later that evening the cat that everyone has been talking about makes one of her star appearances. The Queen of Djuma, Karula has popped out of hiding for a visit. At this point it is still unclear as to whether or not she still has her cubs. Many debates over her behaviour being inconsistent with motherhood fly through the never ending theoretical sphere. We were unable to get a good view of her underbelly in order to suss whether or not there are clear suckle marks, so patience will have to be our friend for the time being.

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(Karula Female Leopard, Screenshot Credit: Laura Henriksson‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Thursday the 18th of February

The Nkuhuma pride are settling nicely back into the core territory. Scott caught up with them on the sunrise drive to discover them quenching their thirst at the Djuma pan before fun and frivolity take over. The lions run, jump and play in the rising sunlight, it has been a long time since we saw the pride so carefree and happy. It was wonderful to watch the pride as a definite sense of ‘home’ begins to settle with the lionesses. The cats eventually go flat in the sweltering morning haze of bright light. Scott eventually leaves the ladies to their daytime slumber. James returns later in the evening to find them still settled in their resting position. They were however quite alert at something moving just next to the drainage line. Brent was in the area on foot looking for the same group of cats and had caught their attention, they eventually lost interest and spent the rest of the evening conserving their much needed energy.  

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(Nkuhuma Pride of Lions, Screenshot Credit: Kaki Nin‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Saturday the 20th of February

A leopard trifecta today comes in the form of Karula, her daughter, Thandi and a large dominant male named Tingana. Thandi and Tingana have been mating over the past few days and James manages to find the spotted cats by listening out for their less than stealthy post mating arguments. The pair were found walking straight down the center of the road. We spent the whole drive moving with them, watching them copulate and then fiercely fighting once the deed was done.

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(Thandi [front] & Tingana [back] mating leopards, Screenshot Credit: Katrina Kissinger, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Karula was located not far from the mating pair having a drink at the Djuma dam. Once her thirst was satisfied she walked off into her favourite part of the reserve, the Milawati river bed. Brent tailed her closely and indeed almost lost her when she ducked into a large erosion donga near the dam wall. She went flat there and spent the rest of the day hiding away from the African sun.

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(Karula Female Leopard, Screenshot Credit: Madeleine Skeoch‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Later on in the day all three cats are found again. Thandi and Tingana have now moved even closer to where Karula is. The mating is still in full swing and when Brent found the cats Thandi was hiding away in a concrete drainage pipe underneath one of the roads. Karula on the other hand had now vacated her shady spot and wandered gracefully over the Djuma dam wall and into the thickness of the Milawati river bed bush.

Sunday the 21st of February

While sunday morning was rather quiet the sunset safari with presenter Scott get’s the ball rolling with the Nkuhuma pride. They are hot, uncomfortable and flatter than pancakes. Once the day had cooled off a bit the lions started showing a little life, they yawned, stretched and engaged in a very cute allo grooming session.

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(Nkuhuma Pride, Screenshot Credit: Gabi Hossain, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Monday the 22nd of February

Lions are definitely the flavour of the week! High action and excitement unfolded on the sunset drive this evening. The lions were hungry and on the hunt and as James entered the area where they had been spotted calls over the radio indicate that they have grabbed hold of a zebra foal. James raced into the area to find the foal on the ground and clamped between the teeth and claw of the cats. The struggle between the 5 lions and the foal is a little one sided and within about 40 minutes almost the entire carcass has been devoured.

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(Nkuhuma Pride, Screenshot Credit: Hélène van Dijk‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Tuesday the 23rd of February

Apparently hunting is hard and thirsty work as proved to us by the Nkuhuma pride the morning after the zebra feast. Scott catches up with the well fed ladies on the sunrise safari enjoying a long cool drink from the Djuma pan in the breaking darkness of the morning light. Once lips have been wetted the lions move north towards Galago, and eventually go flat for the day.

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(Nkuhuma Pride, Screenshot Credit: Brenda M Taylor‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

More incredible action was on the cards that evening. During the sunset safari one of the lioness in the Nkuhuma pride came crashing into the hyena den. All the cubs were out and about playing with everyone very relaxed until the large cat came rushing in. The hyena cubs scampered back to the den as fast as their little legs could carry them whilst the adults raced off into the bush. Once safe they took to growling menacingly at the single minded lioness. Scott managed to locate the other four members of the pride just on the other side of the drainage line where the hyena den is. They also seemed a little one-track minded as they chased a terrified sounder of warthogs through the darkening bush and straight into their own den. All 5 lioness then reunited and took turns digging half heartedly at the entrance to the warthog den, before lying down for an evening nap.

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(Nkuhuma Pride, Screenshot Credit: Hélène van Dijk, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Wednesday the 24th of February

Another fantastic morning spent with the Nkuhuma pride. Scott found them just where he left them the night before. We watched them relax for a few minutes before they were off on the hunt. Some unsuspecting nyala were the initial target but after a brief chase the antelope are gone and play time had arrived. The lions had the time of their lives pouncing on each other, climbing trees and racing through the bush. That is of course until they spotted some old buffalo bulls grazing in the distance. They went into stalk mode. Four of the lionesses disappeared into the bush while one crept slowly and carefully forward to within mere meters of the old dagga boys. As she was about to pounce the buffalo turned, snorted and hurried off before turning and doing some chasing of their own. Once the action died down the lionesses decided that fun was more valuable this morning and continued to play (watch video here) until eventually going flat just south of the buffelshoek boundary where they stayed for the rest of the day.

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(Nkuhuma Lioness, Screenshot Credit: Laura Henriksson‎, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Scott returned to the lions on the sunset drive to see how they’d spent their day. As expected they were almost exactly as we left them, flat and sleeping under a large bush. He decided to leave them as not much action was unfolding and upon returning later they had upped and vanished across the Djuma’s northern boundary into Buffelshoek.

Monday, 22 February 2016

#safariLIVE Viewer Profile: Creatures on Canvas


Retiree Mary Williams has many interests. Chief among them, safariLIVE. She has combined her love of the Djuma dam cam and the live drives, with putting paintbrush to canvas. Some of her art can be seen throughout this post.

Djuma Private Game Reserve - Mary Williams

"I love to oil paint and some of my paintings were taken from screen shots of Djuma area and of the animals." The busy Missouri resident also gardens, is the chair of the Medicine Wheel herb garden project and loves to knit and crotchet.

Kunyuma's Eyes - Mary Williams

Her passion for painting and nature is clear in her enthusiam. "I love animals. I had just started to paint on canvas and knew I really wanted to try and paint some of them. The animals are majestic and need to be saved. I just love animals," she says.

Mary cannot decide of which of the Sabi Sands regulars she would like to see most, but knows the 'Queen of Djuma', Karula, is one of them. "I would love to see a breeding herd of ellies and would love to see the wild dogs and a nyala bull and Tingana,..oh and the Birmingham Boys," she says, excitedly. As for why she wants this experience, Mary says she has "followed all these animals from 2014 and to see them in person would be a dream come true" for her. "I would love to see many of the birds too. I am a birder, so seeing a lilac-breasted roller or any of the other birds would be lovely."

Kudu Bull - Mary Williams

She believes more people should be watching safariLIVE, "because it's real, it's live and it's a wonderful learning experience". "I have learned so much about nature, animals, bugs, clouds, just everything. The presenters are so intelligent and each has their own expertise to share with us. Of course there is the humor also. It's just one of the best experiences a person can have."

If you have an interesting story to tell about your #safariLIVE experience, and would like to be featured in a future #safariLIVE Viewer Profile, contact us with your contributions, photo and video submissions at mystory@wildearth.tv. You could be interviewed next!

Friday, 19 February 2016

safariLIVE Schedule Changes This Weekend


There will be some changes to our up coming drives this weekend. Sunrise drive, on Sunday 21 February (05:30-08:30 CAT) and Monday's sunrise drive, 22 February (05:30-08:30 CAT) are cancelled. Instead, there will be two night drives, to give the team time to test the equipment. The length of these drives will be dependent on how well the tests go.

The supplementary drives will be on Saturday, 20 February 20:00 CAT and Sunday sunset (PM) Drive, 21 February. 20:00 CAT. WildEarth will also be hosting a schools drive on Monday, 22 February, at 14:30 CAT for approximately a half hour, instead of the stream from the Djuma cam.

WE hope you can join us for these special broadcasts, as we strive to bring you even more great sights and sounds from the Sabi Sand.

Monday, 15 February 2016

#safariLIVE Viewer Profile: Screenshot Sue


Sue Templeton-Deschene, a dedicated safariLIVE viewer, is a writer, editor and photographer based in Nova Scotia. She has had the chance to photograph and write many stories over the course of her career. It only seems fitting that the images and stories from our live drives should resonate with her deeply.

"The most amazing thing about the live drives, for me, is that the guides and camera personnel can witness the lives of these animals in such an unobtrusive way. We see the animals going about their business pretty much as they would if the vehicle weren't there. That is an extraordinary gift for us all!"

Born in Indiana, Sue studied journalism and music and worked as a reporter for 10 years before moving to Canada. She now works as a freelance newspaper reporter and photographer. If you've ever visited the Facebook pages for WildEarth.TV and safariLIVE, you're likely to have seen Sue's many posted screenshots.

From safariLIVE 15/02/2016, screenshot by Sue Templeton-Deschene

"I love taking screenshots of the live drives. Even though it is time-consuming, my journalistic nature drives me to pin things down. And the fact that I am also a photographer means I enjoy getting the best screenshot I possibly can...something made quite easy by all the remarkable photographic work safariLIVE's camera crew provides for us, day in and day out. That's why I really enjoy watching the drives via YouTube, because it allows me to 'rewind' if I miss a great screenshot, as the action is happening."

Sue would love to the visit Djuma Private Game Reserve and Arathusa Safari Lodge to see where the magic happens and photograph the beautiful subjects and landscapes in person, that have "inspired that dream" in her. WE hope she gets to visit the Sabi Sands someday to capture even more incredible images.

If you have an interesting story to tell about your #safariLIVE experience, and would like to be featured in a future #safariLIVE Viewer Profile, contact us with your contributions, photo and video submissions at mystory@wildearth.tv. You could be interviewed next!



Monday, 8 February 2016

#safariLIVE Viewer Profile: Art in the Animals


Gini can't remember exactly how she discovered safariLIVE, but she is certainly glad she did. The retired elementary school teacher has been on safari once before, to Kenya in the 1970s, but says she has retold the stories of her "experiences there many, many times".

Cheetah - Credit: Virginia Moore
Gini has an interest in photography and technology and uses safariLIVE broadcasts to capture amazing images of the animals through screenshots and then creates colourful art with them using an app. She has clearly mastered it.

Junior, male lion - Credit: Virginia Moore

"I love photography and playing with iPhone apps. It is amazing what the Dreamscope app filters can do to the already awesome scenes from a live drive. They make them look like bold paintings!" Gini has created the images seen in this post and many others, which she often posts to the WildEarth.TV Facebook page.

Lioness on buffalo - Credit: Virginia Moore

She has recommended the safariLIVE experience to all her friends, especially those who are still teaching and molding "young, absorbing minds". "Seeing life as it happens, with new beginnings, and necessary endings, takes your heart on a roller coaster of emotions. Being able to witness that again, without the cost of a plane ticket, or expense of travel time is brilliant! Having expert guides with charming and hilarious personalities, who will answer any of your questions is a real plus."

If you have an interesting story to tell about your #safariLIVE experience, and would like to be featured in a future #safariLIVE Viewer Profile, contact us with your contributions, photo and video submissions at mystory@wildearth.tv. You could be interviewed next!

The Cat Report - 1 February - 5 February 2016


Monday the 1st of February:

The week is off to a roaring start with the Nkuhuma pride still within their home territory on Djuma and Arathusa. James managed to catch up with the cats on the sunrise drive, they are fat, flat and well fed off yet another buffalo kill made during the night. Buffalo certainly seem to be a particular favourite and specialty of the Nkuhuma Pride. The pride spend the remains of the daylight hours basking in the sun and shade enjoying their kill. Later that afternoon Jamie heads over to see what the lions have been up to. Only one lioness remains on the kill to protect it from would be scavengers like the vultures waiting patiently above or the hyena’s sniffing around the area. This beachball shaped lioness spent the entire afternoon asleep or snacking and by the time the sun sets on the sunset safari she is well established in this pattern.

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(Nkuhuma Lioness, Screenshot Credit: MJ Bradley, safariLIVE, Arathusa)

The very same day Scott discovers Karula hiding away in a small dark cave located in the heart of the Milawati drainage line. He remarks at how interesting this is for the Queen as she is usually highly mobile and does not spend huge amounts of time in one place. This leads to the theory that she is possibly pregnant and close to giving birth, hence she is looking for good denning sites. This theory is only strengthened later in the day when Brent returns on the sunset safari only to find her in the exact same place. Eventually she becomes mobile and walks a short distance, she stops for a drink, defecates and then very interestingly covers the feces up. This is a clear indication to Brent that she definitely doesn’t want any other predators to know she is in the area adding yet more speculation to her current condition.

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(Karula, Screenshot Credit: MJ Bradley, safariLIVE, Djuma)

To the west, Tingana was discovered with a substantial zebra kill on the Arathusa dam wall. Jamie went through for a brief visit, he wasn’t up to much and spent the afternoon resting in the shade and snacking from time to time on his meal.
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(Tingana, Screenshot Credit: Tingana Male Leopard Facebook Page, safariLIVE, Arathusa)


Tuesday the 2nd of February

Celebrations and high spirits are the way of the day as WE  along with our safariLIVE viewers welcome Djuma’s newest arrival(s). The Queen has given birth, Brent and Andrew are the dynamic duo who made this wonderful discovery. It seems all the speculation and guesswork was correct, Karula has indeed chosen this cave to give birth and den for the first few weeks of her offspring's life. It is not yet confirmed how many cubs she has given birth to, only time and patience will tell. It is not accepted practice to view newborn leopard cubs and once the expert guides, trackers and rangers feel it is appropriate we will then be able to get to know this new bundle of fluff!

The Nkuhuma Pride was spotted again today on Arathusa. Fat and flat as ever, safariLIVE presenter Scott Dyson pops through to get a quick update on how the cats are doing. They were at the height of laziness during the afternoon heat and it’s not long before Scott lets sleeping lions lie.

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(Nkuhuma Lioness, Screenshot credit: Gabi Hossain, safariLIVE, Arathusa)

Wednesday the 3rd of February 2016

A fantastic treat today from some of our non-feline characters. The Sands wild dog pack have returned to Arathusa and spent the morning coursing through the bush terrorising everything that got in their way. Once on Djuma the pack happily chased elephants and antelope around the Quarantine clearings area while safariLIVE presenter James and camera operator Andrew were on foot in the same area! The dogs eventually make a kill and devoured it in mere minutes before racing out of our traverse.

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(Wild Dog - Sand Pack, Screenshot Credit: Linda McCaslin, safariLIVE, Arathusa)

Later that evening Tingana is found by Jamie prowling his territory on Djuma. He’s not the happiest looking leopard this afternoon. His zebra kill was stolen by hyena and to top it off he’s been having stomach complaints all afternoon. The heat of the day is also against him and he is visibly wary whilst patrolling and scent marking. Eventually he goes flat and sleeps in the cooling evening shade until night falls and it’s time to leave.

Thursday the 4th of February 2016

Tingana has been found again on Djuma, also by Jamie on the sun rise drive. He’s clearly feeling better has she finds him on a freshly made warthog kill. He’s already looking rounder when we find him and he spent the morning feeding and relaxing in the shade of a tree. Later in the morning, with the entire kill consumed, he becomes mobile and WE follow him until the close of the sunrise safari.

He’s found again later that afternoon, this time lying up away from the heat of the day in the cooling shade of the bush. Perhaps he was still digesting his breakfast as all he seemed interested in doing was a small amount of grooming and a large amount of sleeping. Once the day has cooled off and the sun is set he decided it was time for a territory tour and made his way through the bush scent marking and patrolling until the end of the sunset safari.

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(Tingana, Screenshot Credit: Gabi Hossain, safariLIVE, Djuma)

That same afternoon the Nkuhuma pride was found by Brent, Jamie and Stef on the safariLIVE tracking team. They called in James who rushed over to see what the lions were up to. As he arrived the lionesses were keenly watching our daring trackers as they made their way back to the tracking vehicle. Then it was back to the afternoon catnaps. It seems only 3 of the lionesses were present that afternoon leaving the whereabouts of the other two a mystery for the time being. 

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(Nkuhuma Pride, Screenshot Credit: Gabi Hossain, safariLIVE, Djuma)

Friday the 5th of February 2016

The lions have moved, although not by much. They were found in the morning on Arathusa, James heads through to see if they got up to anything interesting during the night. It appears indeed they had, although there was no kill or visible injuries present, one of the lionesses is walking with a pronounced limp. It is indeed a mystery as to what may have caused her injury, at this point only speculations about what may have happened could be put forward. Maybe she’d been injured in a failed hunt or tussle with a pride member? Maybe she simply stood on an irksome thorn and had some difficulty getting it out. Whatever the reason, she was in no danger from it and should make a full recovery soon.

That afternoon Jamie heads through to see what the cats have been up to during the heat of the day. The answer is, absolutely nothing. They are fast asleep when Jamie arrives, the do not even move a hot fluffy ear as the vehicle moves into the sighting and reposition's around them. Jamie eventually leaves the thrilling scene and Brent returns later to see if the cats show any signs of movement. They do not, we then leave them for the evening and hope to find them again tomorrow.

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(Nkuhuma Lionesses, Screenshot Credit: Gabi Hossain, safariLIVE, Arathusa)