Lyss

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  1. The Great Migration is starting to trickle into the Mara from what our live guide from safariLive told us on the sunrise. Recently I was reading a bit about the migration and I came across the Lolita Migration which also occurs within the Mara, but is not as big as the Great. I haven't heard about the Lolita migration before this year and I was wondering if maybe there were some in here that can explain what the difference between the two are? Obviously I know the Great comes from the Serengeti, but what is the Lolita about? Are they different populations of wildebeest or something like that? Thank you for any information.
  2. A few days ago I was watching my ever wonderful safariLive and we were sitting with the Musketeer coalition of cheetah with presenter Scott Dyson. He was chatting with a lovely German couple who help fund the Mara Meru Cheetah Project. They relayed to him they are going to be funding the new Mara Leopard Project, not sure if that's the name, starting next year!! Meaning real documentation of the leopards of the Mara! They just got approved. You guys, I can't tell you how much joy this brings to my heart. I love leopards and I feel they get brushed aside in the Mara because they are 'hard to find' but there seems to be a high density of leopards in the Mara itself both in the Reserve and Triangle, and I know there's a decent population within the Conservancies as well. I don't know how many of you know this but I started my own Facebook group, once WildEarth annoucned they were going to the Mara, to help document and keep identification notes on the different leopards seen in the Mara by photographers, lodges and what is found on safariLive, which isn't many since WE don't spend very much time searching for them. I want to be able to help create a database for the big cats and I do hope I can be of service to this operation.
  3. Update on the coalition of 5. All 5 have been seen live on safariLive just about 2 minutes ago. They are all slightly limping, but all are together again. Such happy news. Footage of the 5 Musketeers back together. This is of the live drive that is happening right now. Scott Dyson, the guide with the cheetah is in a spotty reception area, and so the sightings may be brief. Tristan Dicks, is in the Sabi Sands with a resident leopard named Hosana. In case you wondered.
  4. How funny I was just coming in to share this fabulous article. I wish those hunting just for the thrill of it would wake up to this reality. Those hunting to provide for their families I have not qualms with.
  5. Reports are flowing in about Caesar, one of the last two original Notch boys, that he has passed away at age 13. He started to decline during the beginning of last week and he slowly deteriorated. I guess a few of the rangers even tried to provide a meal or two and he refused them. There is one Notch left of the original dynasty. They are some of the first lions I ever knew by name thanks to Big Cat Diaries. True legend. R.I.P Caesar <3
  6. We had a special sighting this week with a crossing at the river I don't think anybody was expecting to see. We were watching a crossing point but the camera was focused on a small group of male giraffe and we just assumed they were taking a drink and grabbing a few bits to eat before turning back, but we then noticed another male on the opposite side which seemed to have motivated these giraffe to not only contemplate, but actually cross the river successfully just to be with the larger male on the opposite side. It was such an epic sighting we got to witness with Stef Winterboer as our guide. WE did see this live on one of Wild Earth's river cams that they use during the drives. Here is a link to the video for those interested in seeing it. It's about an hour and 14 mins into the drive. These are all screen shots I took during the event. The giraffe on the far right in the bush is the sole reason they crossed the river.
  7. Amazing and breathtaking so many in one spot. <3
  8. It is with remorse that I have to say this, but Malika, the daughter of Malaika, has passed away. She was also pregnant and miscarried the day before which may have to deteriorate her condition further. Here is what Cheetah Forever is saying about it. In nature I believe not intervening is the best solution unless it's a human caused issue. It's not the most popular stance and I am okay with that. While the passing is hard for all who love cheetah, like myself, I do want to think the passing of her and her unborn cubs gives way to another cheetah mom and her cubs to thrive. Even if it is upsetting to think about it. R.I.P beautiful girl. You were taken too soon.
  9. A Very Unlucky Zebra Since WildEarth partnered with Governor's Balloon Safaris to film from the sky we have seen some amazing things. From elephants to lions hippos to hyena and many wildebeest. Nothing, though could of prepared us for this moment. This footage was shot live the moment it happened via Facebook Live. It was amazing. Unsure if others have seen this video yet, but it's a good one. The person narrating is James Hendry and Senzo is on camera.
  10. Wonderful trip report. Loved all the spotted cats from the large to the small. The descriptions it made me feel like I was experiencing it for myself. Thank you for telling your story. Those crossings are crazy! We are immersed in them during our safariLive drives at times, and many either can't watch or root for the prey as well. I root for the crocodile, because they've not had anything to eat but fish for 9 months, but I also root for when the young that manage to cross without issue. I enjoy seeing how the bounty nature brings to the Mara allows for species of all sorts to benefit. From crocodiles to lions and even the vultures. Allowing them to survive on meager prey for the rest of the year. That's just my take on it, though.
  11. Here is a really interesting article. It was verified a rare sighting by the President of Luke Panthera Hunter. The photos were taken inside the Ngorongoro Crater near the Ndutu Lodge. Leopard cub was seen suckling on lioness who had cubs of her own. http://www.newsweek.com/photos-wild-lion-adopts-leopard-cub-unprecedented-sight-636182
  12. I hope it makes it, but what are the chances if it grew into it's first year and now doesn't have the hoisting knowledge or loses it's instinct to flee from lions? It will be interesting to see what happens. I can't think the rest of the pride or even the males who dominate the pride will accept it.
  13. You're very welcome. I was so happy I could help since the male I don't have an idea of.
  14. @janzin I know who this one is. I've not figured out the male though he could definitely be one of many that doesn't have a name. This cat though. I do know. Those eyes are unmistakable. That is Kaboso's daughter. Kaboso also is known as the Double Crossing Female by some guides.
  15. I'm looking into it but I don't have any folders on my computer or in the Leopard group for him. He looks familiar, but the whisker pattern is the wrong side for who I initially thought of.. He's gorgeous though. Hope to find something out for you.
  16. So happy you saw Osirata I've read reports she is starting to press into Fig's territory.
  17. Hi guys tonight we had some facebook live specials with SafariLive where they followed a pride called the Purungat Pride. I was wondering if anybody in here had any information on them such as pride size, who dominates the pride and any identifiers that might stand out. Just a few screenshots to share.
  18. I don't know about many of you, but I enjoy looking for clues that an animal has been nearby especially if I'm out on a walk through the woods or along a hiking trail. Most wildlife will use paths we create as their own personal highways and you can see and find out a lot by just looking down sometimes. I like to see if I can figure out what is out and about or who could possibly be around still. All animals make a track. So lets see your track photos! Young Deer. Most likely a Florida Key Deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) an endangered subspecies of white-tailed deer (O. virginianus) only found in Florida. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Raccoon (Procyon lotor) Possibly a Coyote (Canis latrans) but due to the size I suspect it may be a domestic dog that someone took with them (even though they are not permitted). Horse. There are wild horses in Florida, but not where I was. This was just someone riding the trails from earlier in the morning as my group walked past them for the whole 7 miles (11 km). Happy Tracking.
  19. Spent a Sunday morning on a hike, unfortunately in Florida by 8 am the humidity and heat becomes such that very little is out and about in the open areas. I was rewarded with this lovely Dragonfly though who decided to sit patiently while I photographed him, and the beautiful work only an 8 legged seamstress could create. I didn't know where the owner was and I didn't feel brave enough to go walking through the bush to get closer.
  20. That's horrible! I'm glad no one was hurt.
  21. https://www.panthera.org/blog/2017/06/15/what-happened-angolas-1000-lions After 3 years of civil war Panthera's test zones revealed shocking statistics about the lions of Angola. The story is on Panthera's own blog.
  22. 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.
  23. 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 .

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