Friday, 28 July 2017

21 July - 28 July: Cat Report

HOSANA

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(Image Credit: Payton Payne)

22 July - Lying in the thicket next to twin dams. Stretching before getting up and starting to move then lying down again. He started walking and watching impala using the car to hide from them  then he moved off toward the dam wall and stopping for a drink along the way. Going into stalk mode crawling close to the ground. Then straightening up and crossing south giving up the hunt.

24 July - Standing in long grass, looking for food. Looking so beautiful and camouflaged in the dry winter tones of the bush.




THAMBA

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(Image Credit:MA)

25 July  - Thamba was seen in the thick bush from a distance appearing to stalk small prey. He later settled in the grass still looking like his alert self.

26 July - WE caught a glimpse of Thamba on the edge of a drainage line. He jumped into a small tree giving us a clear view of him before disappearing into the drainage line.

27 July - Thamba brightened up the overcast morning when WE found him in the branches of a large tree tearing away at his breakfast. WE spent most of the morning watching him gorging himself.



THANDI

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(Image Credit:Thandi)

27 July - Thandi was spotted lying under the big tree where her son was eating a duiker kill. Thamba occasionally dropped pieces of the kill while eating. Often on top of Thandi’s head.


MVULA

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( Image Credit:Gecko)

25 July - Mvula was found lying in the grass with his porcupine kill. He promptly proceeded to get up and feed on the kill for a while and then posed nicely for his onlookers to take photos and admire him.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Mvula.Leopard

BIRMINGHAM BOYS

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(Image Credit:Karly)

23 July -  During the morning Tinyo was found lying in the grass looking majestic in the golden sunrise on Quarentine. He was joined by his brother walking up and greeting him. Tinyo was eating the remains of a kill. The brothers then moved off patrolling their territory.

During afternoon drive another Birmingham, Mfumo,  was found sitting in the afternoon light. He then got up and started walking towards Buffelshoek, sniffing the ground looking for the lionesses. He was confused not knowing where they went and then gave up returning to Djuma side.


ANGAMA PRIDE

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(Image Credit:MA)

25 July - The Angama cubs were found playing enthusiastically with their siblings while the lionesses dozed about uninterested  in the antics of their playful offspring.

MUSKETEERS

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(Image Credit:Louise Pavid)

26 June - One of the musketeers were seen moving through the grass.

EGYPTIAN GOOSE PRIDE

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(Image Credit:Louise Pavid)

26 July -  Three lionesses from the Egyptian goose pride were seen perched on a termite mound watching the herds of wildebeest pass with mild interest. They didn’t seem to be hungry enough to attempt a hunt.

CHEETAH BROTHERS

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(Image Credit:Shmama)

26 July - The cheetah brothers were seen dozing in the shade and later got up and started moving around, one of them stretching against a tree.

UNIDENTIFIED LIONS

25 July - An unidentified male coalition was found sleeping soundly in the long grass on the morning safari.

UNIDENTIFIED CHEETAH

24 July  - Three unidentified male Cheetah were seen sitting in the green Mara grasslands.


UNKNOWN LIONESS (MISSING TIP OF TAIL)

26 July -  WE found a lioness in the grasslands missing her tail tip. She was mobile in the thick grass when WE moved on.




Friday, 21 July 2017

The Cat Report: 14 July - 21 July

THANDI


Screenshot: Lily Brown

14 July
Thandi was getting her beauty sleep just off Twin Dams road, having covered a great distance the day before (when she was spotted on Torchwood).

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thandi.Leopard


HOSANA

Screenshot: Rick Horton

16 July
WE encountered Hosana in a tree with eyes wide and sniffing the air nervously. It seemed that he had been chased into the tree by the Styx pride resting nearby. He remained in the tree in a nervous state throughout the remainder of the sighting only relaxing toward the end of the sighting when WE left.

20 July
Hosana was playing tug of war over an impala kill with the male hyena No Tail. Another leopard, whom we suspect to be Thandi and whom the kill had originally belonged to,  slunk around in the thickets nearby.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Hosana.Male.Leopard


THAMBA

Screenshot: Lily Brown

21 July
WE went back to the site near Twin Dams where Hosana and the hyena had been sharing a meal and spotted two very skittish leopards. Both leopards looked were skittish, one we could positively identify as Thamba and the other we suspect to have been Thandi.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thamba.Male.Leopard


VUTOMI

I hope your journey across the proverbial rainbow bridge was as peaceful as possible, young Vutomi - James Richard

20 July
With heavy hearts, WE took in the news of the death of Inkanyeni’s son Vutomi.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Vutomi.Male.Leopard


MVULA

Screenshot: M A

21 July
Mvula, who had been mobile through the night, was found lying down and giving himself
a good groom just east of Gowrie cutline.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Mvula.Leopard


BIRMINGHAM BOYS

Screenshot: Lily Brown

15 July
Surprising WE near the end of drive, one of the Birmingham Boys strolled along on the road and through the bushes, finally heading towards Sydney's dam.

16 July
WE had a brief sighting of Nhenha walking along Gowrie/Buffelshoek cutline looking hungry before disappearing into buffelshoek.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Birmingham.Male.Lions


STYX PRIDE

Screenshot: Lily Brown

16 July
When WE found the Styx pride, the cubs were lying in the long grass. Females were growling then going flat for the day. When WE encountered the pride again later the same day in a “lion pile”, the youngsters were grooming one another and playing by grabbing each other’s tails.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/styx.lions


LOWER SABI BREAKAWAY PACK OF WILD DOGS

Screenshot: Ann Animal Minnesota‏

19 July
WE kept up with two males and one female for as long as WE could on sunrise safari as they ran erratically through the bush with full bellies.

21 July
Again mobile, the breakaway pack looked like they were hunting, stopping to scent mark as WE followed hot on their heels.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Lower.Sabie.Breakaway.Wild.Dogs


MUGORO PRIDE 

14 July
The pride was flat, relaxing in the long grass.


SAALAS PRIDE

14 July
Two lioness and their four cubs (one female, three males) appeared to be in a playful mood on the Mara. The cubs amused themselves in games with a young wildebeest that one of the lionesses had killed before becoming serious and tucking into the meal.


ANGAMA PRIDE

14 July
The new mother of the small cubs was found with one of them missing (the cub had not been seen for a few days now). She looked hungry and set out to find the rest of her pride but shortly returned to where she had left the tiny cubs.

15 July
A solitary lioness stalked an impala, biding her time and waiting for the opportune moment to strike. When the impala settled for the night, she pounced on her prey. The impala was too quick for her and managed to evade the hungry huntress. She rested for a while before starting to move again.

17 July
The pride was flat, the lionesses barely moving. No cubs were visible in the sighting.

18 july
The lionesses were lying out in the morning sun, with one female moving about before settling in the shade to escape the oncoming heat of the day.


NOTCH COALITION

Image credit: Laurel Craft

15 July
The males were mobile and showed some vague interest in nearby wildebeest but not enough to give chase.

21 July
Two of its members relaxed with the Purungat Pride whose cubs were playing. One tried to romance one of the lionesses but without success.


PURUNGAT PRIDE

15  July
One of the lionesses caught a very small wildebeest calf, which she carried to the rest of the pride being not very hungry herself after a successful night of hunting and feeding.

21 July
Purungat Pride was in the company with two of the Notch males, sleeping on as the cubs played and ignoring the attentions of one of the males.


UNIDENTIFIED CHEETAH

Screenshot: Lily Brown

17 July
Two young cheetahs (most probably having only recently separated from their mother) were spotted in the distance, walking through the marsh of the Mara.

17 july
An unknown male lay flat in the shade. It looked like he had fed earlier in the day.

21 July
Five male cheetahs, having been mobile and hungry all night, found a wildebeest herd just before dawn - successfully bringing one of the herds’ younger members down. They ate fast, leaving few scraps for scavenging hyena.


UNIDENTIFIED LIONS 

Screenshot: Lily Brown

17 July
Two males and one female were eating off a kill, circled by a clan of at least fifteen hyena.

19 july
An unknown pride was walking across the plains, led by a large and well-muscled lioness.

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Cat Report: 7 July - 14 July

TINGANA

Screenshot: Lily Brown

7 July
Last minute leopard Tingana sawed his way through the thickets between Gowrie and Buffelshoek cutline, his eyes aglow in the IR.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Tingana.Male.Leopard


HOSANA


Screenshot: Saara

8 July
Hosana took us by surprise at Treehouse Dam on sunset safari! WE hadn’t expected to see him and were in actual fact on the trail of elephants. Crouched low to the ground, he looked like he might be hunting.

9 July
This time he was found lurking in the Mulwati, the little prince elusive as he slunk silently through the soft sand which betrayed him with a record of clear tracks as evidence of his presence.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Hosana.Male.Leopard


THANDI

(Screenshot: Lily Brown)

9 July
Thandi was found feeding off a duiker kill that she had hoisted up a tree just west of Entrance road. After spotting an approaching hyena, she lept down to devour the stomach contents and some bones that had fallen below - foiling any plans or hopes of scavenging that the hyena might have had.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thandi.Leopard


XONGILE

Screenshot: Payton Payne

11 July
Poor Xongile looked miserable, having had her kill stolen by the old king Mvula, west of Mvubu road. She watched him from below as he devoured the remains of hard won duiker high up in a tree.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Xongile.Female.Leopard


MVULA

Screenshot: Lily Brown

11 July
Having absconded with little Xongile’s duiker kill and spending most of the day lunching on his loot, he descended down the sturdy trunk when Xongile moved closer and replied to her complaining chuffs with authoritative growls. Later, at sunset, Mvula climbed back up the tree and ended the day in quintessential leopard style, posed against a dusky pink sky.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Mvula.Leopard


NKUHUMA PRIDE

Screenshot: Gecko

9 July
WE watched a endearing reunion between the Nkuhumas, when the absent lionesses joined the rest of the pride and dozing cubs in a dense thicket off Central and Mamba road.

10 July
Though the pride was looking thin and in need of a meal, the heat of the day cast a spell of lethargy upon the cats. As a result they spent the majority of their time hunting for shade rather than buffalo.

14 July
The pride were moving off from Gowrie Gate and down MMM, eventually disappearing into Simbambili with  Birmingham Boy Mfumo. He was hot pursuit of the ever lovely and ever uninterested Amber Eyes (who was looking not at all  happy with his amorous attentions.)

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Nkuhuma.Lions


BIRMINGHAM BOYS 

Screenshot:Gabi Hossain

12 July
A big-bellied Tinyo spent most of the day digesting what must have been a considerable meal on Pangolin Track. Yet in true lion style, he closed the day with one of the best sounds in the world - a dominant male lion’s roar.

13 July
Nhenha, also looking full-bellied from the Zebra kill he had shared with Tinyo, lay on Impala Plains, fat, flat and in a state of digestion.

14 July
Mfumo, once again, was in amorous pursuit of the Nkuhuma lioness, Amber Eyes.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Birmingham.Male.Lions


MUGORO PRIDE

Credit: SafariLIVE

7 July
The Mugoros had a night of action, first taking down a wildebeest calf and then having to fight off a massive hyena clan who wanted a share in the fresh meat. Once the lionesses had their fill a young male lion also pushed in on the kill. He fed for a bit before an epic tug-of-war battle won the hyenas the chewed up remains.

8 July
One of the lionesses was stalking an impala, pressing herself low in the ground before giving chase. The lucky impala got a head start though, when the rest of the pride called out to the hunting lioness, alerting the impala to her presence.

13 July
A single lioness stalked a small herd of impala, waiting patiently for her time to strike. As she made her move they spotted her and then raced off snorting their indignation. She then rested for a bit before becoming mobile again and rejoining her pride.

14 July
The pride was flat and relaxing in the long grass after a full night of prowling the plains for a potential meal.


ANGAMA PRIDE

Credit: SafariLIVE

7 July
The ten lionesses were on the hunt during the night, stalking and chasing zebra but each attempt met with failure. Two males from the 4km Boys coalition joined them and together they returned to a termite mound to reunite with their cubs who had been left out of the nightly action. The rest of the evening was then spent relaxing and playing.

8 July
All ten lionesses lay flat with four of their cubs.

9 July
The pride was mobile at sunrise having slept all night, bounding around in the cooler hours of the morning before going flat. Later, a large breeding herd of buffalo spotted them and came over to investigate, chasing off the cubs and lionesses. That night WE were very excited to discover three new cubs, approximately 3-4 weeks old, making a grand total of 13 Angama cubs!

10 July
 A very weary looking lioness nursed the cubs, while the rest of the pride lay flat.

13 July
The lionesses ambitiously stalked a topi, one of the fastest antelope in the Mara. The hunt ended in success and three of the pride lionesses fed off the kill hungrily with the 7 oldest cubs joining in near the end.


OLOLAIMUTIEK PRIDE

9 July
The pride of ten successfully took down a wildebeest.  Adults, sub adults and cubs then all fed off the kill before going flat.


PARADISE PRIDE


Credit: SafariLIVE

13 July
From the serenity of Governors balloon, WE went on an emotional rollercoaster ride as we watched a dramatic take down of zebra by a Paradise pride lioness. The zebra, having narrowly escaped death by crocodile, made it to shore only to be caught between the jaws of a lion - a sudden twist of fate that left us stunned.




Sunday, 9 July 2017

WE are relaunching our website

WE are super excited that we can finally relaunch our website. It’s something that we have been wanting to do for some time as the old [current] site has become highly unstable and nearly impossible to manage and maintain, as most of you know.

The existing website, with all its archives, will continue to be available at archive.wildearth.tv and [for a while] the chat will continue to work here. But this site is now totally unmanaged and WE really want everyone to move across to the new site at wildearth.tv, register there and start chatting there. In a little while we will be decommissioning the chat on the old site [as it cannot be supported] but aim to keep the archives running for as long as we can. When WE eventually cannot maintain these archives you will be able to still catch up on safariLIVE shows you have missed on YouTube.

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You will also be able to continue watching safariLIVE at safarilive.wildearth.tv on YouTube and of course continue chatting there as well. Also, you can watch safariLIVE on Nat Geo at: wildsafarilive.com or http://www.nationalgeographic.com/video/safari-live/. Nat Geo have decided to remove the #safariLIVE Twitter widget but WE aim to add this back to wildearth.tv soon as well as ask Nat Geo to also bring this widget back. WE have heard you.

You will need to re-register on the new site. In other words your registration on the ‘old’ site will NOT work on the new site. If you have any difficulties please mail support@wildearth.tv and one of the amazing admin team will help you out. You will also be able to register through a social login with your Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram or LinkedIn profiles.

WE are very proud of our new site which works on mobile devices as well as on desktops and while we understand that change is always difficult we ask that you work with us to make this change as painless as possible.

Thank you for all your support over the many years and WE look forward to connecting you to nature for many years to come … it's in our nature.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

A brand new safariLIVE adventure is about to kick off!



That’s right safarians, an exciting new African wilderness adventure is about to kick off with safariLIVE! WE are gearing up to take you on an intrepid, never before done, LIVE safari through the great wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve!

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(Herds of wildebeest gather to feed on the open plains, Image credit: James Hendry)

WE have beefed up our tech and with the help of thermal, infrared and exquisite low light cameras, no animal will be hidden from view. Our goal, is to follow iconic prides of lions as they hunt under the cover of darkness in this perfect piece of African wilderness, they call home.

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(The iconic Scarface male lions walks through golden grass as a wary herd of buffalo watch, Image credit: James Hendry)

Your journey through Africa begins on Sunday, 9 July at 8pm EDT with the global premiere of Earth Live, simulcast on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD across 171 countries! National Geographic and Earth Live have teamed up to bring you the most incredible wildlife spectacles LIVE from six different continents from 17 unique locations.

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From the eerie underwater world of the humpbacked whale in Alaska to the howling calls of the Hanuman langurs in India, you get to experience the planet's wildest locations LIVE and in real time!

The Maasai Mara will form the crown jewel of the Earth Live broadcast as the safariLIVE team employ cutting edge, military grade camera technology to bring you the wilderness like you’ve never seen it before! In the darkest hours of the night, WE are going to follow lion prides on the prowl as they attempt to hunt thousands of new migration arrivals. With the use of thermal imaging, infrared and low light cameras not a whisker of the drama will go unnoticed!

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(World renowned wildlife cinematographer, Sophie Darlington takes the new low light Canon camera for a test drive with the help of safariLIVE camera operator Jeandre Gerding, Image credit: Louise Pavid)

Once the two hour Earth Live spectacle is complete you will immediately be transported back to the Maasai Mara for the very first safariLIVE show which is known as ‘the journey begins’.

This live safari adventure will then continue weekly on Nat Geo WILD, Fridays at 11pm EDT, across seven weeks of wildebeest migration madness. Hosted by our expert safari guides Brent Leo-Smith, Jamie Paterson, Scott Dyson and of course the extremely talented James Hendry.  

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(Kito, one of the newest mechanical additions to the safariLIVE team, is ready to head out on safari, Image credit: Louise Pavid)

Over 2 million different prey species make the perilous journey between Tanzania and Kenya every year seeking greener pastures. WE are placed in pole position to capture every heart-pounding moment of the migration, as it unfolds dramatically across the vast expanse of the Maasai Mara!

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(Massive herd of wildebeest stream in dark ribbons across the vast grasslands of the Maasai Mara, Image credit: James Hendry)

While the apex predator of the land will be followed by our LIVE safari vehicles WE have also ensured that not a second of the river crossing pandemonium is missed. The massive nile crocodiles can’t wait to sink their teeth into this year’s migration after waiting patiently and hungrily for almost a year. With five live crossing cams set up along the meandering beauty of the Mara river not a moment of crossing chaos will go unnoticed!

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(Panicked wildebeest swim the gauntlet of the Mara river, Image credit: James Hendry)

safariLIVE is going to bring you raw and unedited wildlife magic as WE transition from the darkest hours of the night using thermal, infrared and low light cameras, to breathtaking African dawns. With three live vehicle feeds, a hot air balloon cam, studio lookout cam and five different crossing cams there is not an angle of the migration WE won’t be able to show you!

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(A view from the top, Image credit: James Hendry)

Earth Live will only be available on the National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD television channels. But of course no safariLIVE experience would be complete without our usual digital broadcast to all internet platforms. Our live digital streaming will kick in at the start of safariLIVE “the journey begins” and continue throughout all seven episodes in the safariLIVE Migration series.

Please see the start times safariLIVE preview show for your time zone below:


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Friday, 7 July 2017

The Cat Report: 30 June - 7 July

OLOOLOLO PRIDE

(Image credit: safariLIVE)

30 June
All of the lionesses and their cubs were found on the move again, with one of the cubs pausing in an attempt to take in the view from a Balanites tree.

3 July
The lionesses, after a failed zebra hunt, returned to the cubs in time to chase off a mischievous clan of hyena. Later, the pride is joined by an unidentified large adult male lion.

4 July
The pride has a series of unsuccessful hunts during the night.


THAMBA

(Screenshot: Lily Brown‏)

1 July
Just off Central Hyena road, WE found Thamba with a bulge to his belly, taking a morning nap in the grass. He was still sleepy on the Sunset Safari but was roused by a ground hornbill flying above him.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thamba.Male.Leopard


NKUHUMA PRIDE

(Screenshot: Ann Del Tredici‏)

1 July
Just west of Cheetah Cutline, WE followed the pride on a stroll through the thicket.

2 July
West of Mvubu road, a blanket of Nkuhuma lions spent most of the day lying in the yellow grass of winter. They looked lean and hungry but seemed to be waiting for nightfall to hunt.

3 July
Only one lioness was found with the cubs on Sunrise Safari. She had some blood on her leg and seemed to be rounding the cubs up to take back to a kill.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Nkuhuma.Lions/


TINGANA

(Screenshot: Thafi)

2 July
Last minute leopard Tingana lived up to his name with a brief glance of him at Buffelshoek dam in the last few seconds of Sunrise Safari.

3 July
Tingana almost had antelope for dessert when an unsuspecting nyala wandered dangerously close the the territorial leopard who was munching on a warthog kill.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Tingana.Male.Leopard


THANDI

(Screenshot: Luci)

3 July
Thandi was spied eyeing Tingana feasting on a warthog kill.

5 July
WE watched Thandi leopard-crawl down Main rd as she considered an impala for her next meal but then changed her mind when it came to making that final, fatal move.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thandi.Leopard/


MVULA

(Screenshot: Thafer)


3 July
The old king Mvula was WE’s third leopard of the day, surprising us with his presence north of Vuyatela Access road. The once dominant male of Djuma had his ‘lion king’ moment on top of a termite mound before quenching his thirst at a nearby pan.

4 July
WE found Mvula again in the same spot we had left him the night before -  close to the road and barely moving a muscle as he played the patience game in front of an occupied burrow.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Mvula.Leopard/


SHADOW AND CUB

(Screenshot: Ann Animal Lover)

4 July
Shadow allowed her cub no time for play this morning, urging her on with soft calls, possibly leading her back to a nearby kill or taking her to a place she thought to be safer.

7 July
Shadow and cub treated WE to a loving display of the strong bond between a mother leopard and her young cub.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Shadow.Female.Leopard/


EGYPTIAN GOOSE PRIDE

(Image credit: safariLIVE)

3 July
The pride was mobile in the night, initially following one adult unidentified male lion, then meeting up with another lioness - to whom they gave a friendly greeting to before moving off again into the darkness.


THE PURUNGAT PRIDE  

(Image credit: safariLIVE)

4 July
The Purangats feasted off three wildebeest calves during the night, with a fight breaking out between one of the lionesses and an unidentified male lion.


THE NOTCH COALITION

(Image credit: safariLIVE)

4 July
One of the Notch males is found roaring into the night,  scaring off a pride with cubs ( whom WE suspect was the Purungats.