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About Lyss

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    Merritt Island, FL
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    Leopards, Kudu, SafariLive, Wildlife Photography, horseback riding, reading, Marvel Universe movies, Instagram, Mara Leopard Group

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  1. If I could change my career, I would want to work as a guide for a bit being in the front lines of helping people enjoy the bush and helping them connect to the animals and relaying their stories. I am a bit of an introvert so I can say it wouldn't be a long career, but I would love to be part of some research projects either with the big cats or maybe the different canines. I'm quite interested in the idea of studying the possibility of sustained wolf populations in the Atlas mountains and to see how they and leopards coexist so well.
  2. I have a question. I'm not planning on any safaris... yet, but I was wondering and no one's talked about this yet. Say for instance you're interested in going on a safari end of 2018 or early 2019, but because of how you budget you can't afford to do a lump sum up front. Are you able to pay the total off in monthly payments either with a deposit or the rest of your payment due before you leave, or is it more pay all at once? Just an inquiry for a budget strapped wanna be safari-goer .
  3. I would be surprised to find that Disney knew this was even going on. Many try to use the Disney brand as a way to bring in revenue and people to their tourist destinations. Whether it has anything to actually do with Disney is a totally different problem.
  4. @janzin I would be very glad to try and help you out. I will probably use some of your photos, credits given of course, to add to the albums we already have. It's nice to see how an individual has changed and grown over time as spot patterns and rosettes change as they get bigger and longer.
  5. Wow so far so good! Loved the interaction between leopard cub and male. It just goes to show how amazing leopards are and how little we do know. The giraffe silhouette was beautiful. I know what you mean about taking notes. I vowed to start taking better notes after my river tour and I couldn't remember names of plants and birds afterwards. Can't wait for the next segment! Very interested in your Mara Triangle time.
  6. I figured they did as I watched the Big Cat Diary series that really is what got me interested in leopards. Johnathan was my favorite presenter he talked like the viewer was an equal not as one who didn't know the difference between a Jaguar and a Leopard.
  7. I actually did a post about safariLive and WildEarth. They are one in the same. It's a bit of a comprehensive rundown of what it is. That really stinks that you are so limited to what you can view on the web. That doesn't help when you want to learn about a subject in further detail or see the work of others. I'm glad my explanations are helping you. @Tom Kellie
  8. @Tom Kellie If you look in my signature, "Leopards of the Mara" is my Facebook group that I started once I learned that safariLive would be heading there in May. I wanted to know what characters we could potentially see. It focuses only on Mara leopards and those found in the conservancies. I do not run the Leopards of the Sabi Sand or Kruger groups. Those were created a long time ago. I talk about leopards of the northern Sabi Sands, because those are the leopards I know intimately, because of safariLive.
  9. If I were able to do a leopard specific research program. I would try to base it on figuring out the real population of leopards and what their territories are like in a place like the Mara and the conservancies. I would also like to know if female leopards in the Mara also give parts of their territories to their daughters once they become independent. Do the territories fluctuate over time? I've heard that because the lion and hyena population is so high the leopard population tends to be smaller, but when I look at my group we've been able to find 38 different leopards so far and we just met a new male leopard that I've yet to ID. I have a hard time believing they are so few. @ice I don't think anyone truly knows where leopards stand in Africa, and if they have different ranks in different countries. I know South Africa banned leopard hunts again this year because there is insufficient data to support the allowance of a hunt. I'm honestly okay with this, but that's my own opinion. I think people down play the leopard, because no one really knows. Plus there is no generalized place for leopard information. Whether it's on individual animals or country specific. Panthera is conducting experiments in the Sabi Sands by collecting scat to better understand how leopard genetics works. Collecting hair, scat and other evidence of leopards it could also help understand how leopards move. Leopards I believe are all specialists in something, but will go for anything they can find. The male Tingana specializes in warthogs and being able to dig them out of burrows. Another male Quarantine has found a knack for taking male kudu. Then there are leopard who have learned to fish for catfish in Botswana. I've seen the photos of leopards that have learned to wait at the crossings and take down a yearling wildebeest. Leopards are by nature secretive and therefore unless habituated tend to slink off before being viewed, but leopards are also habitual. There is a dominant male leopard named Tingana in the northern Sabi Sands and when tracking him the guides can almost predict where he will go on his patrols as he takes almost the exact same routes through the area. I think I'd be more interested in knowing because the amount of prey that is available does the Mara and it's conservancies then support a higher than normal population of leopards? If I had to collar a leopard not sure I'd be okay with it because to me that's just more stress and unnecessary risk than there needs to be. I'm the type of person who would rather observe a leopard and document it while it's doing its' own thing before making it easy on myself and put a tracker on the animal. That's how it would start. I wouldn't want to make the program overly complicated, but I would love to work in conjunction with the different lodges and safari guides to learn the leopards find out what they know, and consolidating that information into a centralized place so that not only is it available to the general population of animal lovers but it's also available to researchers and guides and those like me who want to know the subject they are photographing. I like putting a name to a face. It connects me more to the subject.
  10. I've know there are many projects and research groups for almost every animal in the Mara. Heck we saw the Martial Eagle Masai Mara Project on safariLive today, but I've not found any for leopards. I know they are elusive and sometimes hard to find, but why is it no one is studying them in that area? Lions have their own websites and cheetah have at least 3 different projects alone as do the hyena. If I could afford to live the life of a researcher and do all that I would definitely do it, but I can't and my focus would be on leopard. I think it's a bit of a shame there isn't one, at least one that I've found. Is there a leopard project in the Masai Mara?
  11. It's a zoological theme park in Tampa, FL. It's quite a beautiful place, but they are quite lacking in American animals wolves, bears etc. but that's just my take on it. They combine shows, rides and education. It is part of the Sea World Parks family.
  12. Happy Wolrd Giraffe Day! Taken at Busch Gardens on their mock safari. Lovely Reticulated Giraffe. They had many with freckles in the middle of their spots.
  13. How fun would that be
  14. Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands has sightings of wild dog at least once a week. I heard reports from the WildEarth crew that the Investec Pack is denning up in the Manyeleti. I'm not sure where, but I would bet it's within Tintswalo's traverse area. Sand's Pack we saw them in May 2017 while on drive with WildEarth. We saw them on Arathusa and the alpha female was heavily pregnant. I don't recall if they're dening within the Sabi Sands or not. There is also a pack of 3 called the Lower Sabi Pack seen more frequently it's a female and two males they are survivors of a distemper out break.
  15. This is such fabulous news! They deserve it and I hope other countries follow suit not just in Africa, but in reserves all over the world. That need help.

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