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  1. Bummer, but seeing a young lioness at that time fits very well with her estimate age (from footage in 2005 when she was in a prime age).
  2. She was a special lion indeed. Purring outside my tent from time to time, sometimes lying around in camp when we were cooking dinner at night. And when you would shine a torchlight in her direction she would roll on her back. When additional lions were introduced this behaviour became less and less and she spend more and more time with her own kind, the way it was supposed to be. She lived a long life for a lion, but it's still sad that the last lion of Liuwa left. @Geoff Do you have any pictures of Lady from 2002? Or anybody in your group? I think there were 3 lionesses in 2003, but not sure if I remember that correctly.
  3. I think there's one record of a northern carmine bee-eater in Zambia (the one in Luangwa). There actually is a book called 'Fieldguide of birds found in Zambia which are not found in Southern Africa' : Here
  4. I'm sure they have a safe distance, but this distance is much shorter for a sit and wait hunter versus a courser. You'll often see impala actually approaching a leopard or lion, and keep their eyes on them. But for wild dogs they usually run much earlier. In this paper we measured vigilance, and not flight (which obviously is also a risk effect). There are interesting questions in the whole predator prey system which we only start to understand now. But if you think about it, both parties have been around each other for a long time, and very tuned in to each other, picking up clues we are not aware of yet. I once for example followed 2 wild dogs chasing 2 oribis. For several 100 meters they were right on the heels of 1 oribi, while the other was maybe 100 meters ahead and 100 meters to the left. Suddenly the dogs just switched to the oribi which was further away. Me and my colleague wondered what was going on, they nearly had this oribi and now they went for one which was much further away! They managed to bring down the other oribi and pulled out a fully grown calf, it was actually bleating when they pulled it out (and then was snatched away by a hyena). Clearly the dogs somehow picked up that they had a better chance on taking down the other oribi, something we had completely missed.
  5. @wilddog Thanks for posting this, I think you posted it within 1-2 hours of it being published! @Towlersonsafari Interesting questions. It has been theorized that sit-and-wait hunters induce a higher non-consumptive-effect than coursing predators on the basis that if you encounter a cue of a sit-and-wait hunter, that should be highly indicative of danger. Whereas for a coursing predator who (more) actively searches for prey, the presence of a cue might not be such a good indicator of the predator actually being present as they roam widely. In this paper we measured vigilance as the risk response, but there are other ways prey allocate energy when encountering predators (flight for example). It would be interesting to compare fecundity rates of different prey animals in small game reserves which are similar in size and located close to each but have, or don't have, predators. The lion pride in Liuwa might be new, but lions have never been really absent, and during our study the lions were mostly together in one unit. The reaction of wildebeests to 1 lion is probably not much different to reaction of encountering multiple lions (apart from that they might be easier to detect). The paper is temporarily available at the following link: http://rdcu.be/tIjT
  6. Thanks for your answer @@inyathi it would be interesting to hear from people in the future, about where Zakoumas abundant wetland birds breed. In Luangwa and Liuwa waterbirds breed in the wet season, with the chicks fledging towards the end of the wet season. Are kudu in Zakouma scarce? I don't remember seeing many pictures of them?.
  7. http://mailchi.mp/african-parks/announcement-benin?e=[uNIQID] And on the AP website: https://www.african-parks.org/newsroom/press-releases/a-major-agreement-to-revitalise-the-last-large-wildlife-reserve-in-west-and-central-africa
  8. Have you tried various Africa/insect/creepy-crawlies facebook groups?
  9. Excuse my ignorance. There are incredible numbers of birds in Zakouma. Do cranes, pelicans, yellow-billed stork and marabou storks breed in the park too?
  10. A wishlist...These are a view areas which spring to mind. The WAP area (Pendjair-Arly-W) in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. Or any subset of it. Niokolo-Koba in Senegal (small populations of elephants, lions, giant sable and wild dogs left). Dinder NP in Sudan seems to hold reasonable numbers of animals, Manovo-Gounda-Saint-Flores NP in CAR might hold viable animal populations, some area in South Sudan are very much worth protecting. Basically any area with wildlife left in central and western Africa is worth protecting from an animal conservation point of view. Large areas in south-east Angola could prove to be incredible wildlife areas if given the chance to recover (Luiana, Mucosso, Luengue, Longa Mavinga), Cameia NP could be a fantastic destination but I'm not sure if there are any viable mammal populations left. Cangadala and/or Luando are worth protecting just because these are the only areas where small populations of one of the rarest antelopes are left (giant sables). And Kafue NP in Zambia could benefit from increased funding.
  11. The North of The Netherlands is sometimes hit by earthquakes for which there is considerable evidence that they're linked to gas production. However, those earthquakes are usually hardly felt, of magnitude <3. Same in areas in the US. An earthquake of this magnitude, 6.5, is considerable. To link that to fracking, I'd say, is a stretch. Is there a lot of fracking in that region? Have there been lots of little quakes previously?
  12. Wonderful images! In the first b/w elephant picture the scale seems to have been lost, making it look like a miniature elephant. I love it.
  13. I'm clearly missing something. What news is there about elephants in Chad? Any links?
  14. What usually happens when somebody breaks the perimeter of the vehicle, by standing up for example, is that the lions will recognise him/her as a human and get up and run off. In most areas in Africa lions actually fear people. The usual flight distance varies from place to place, but when you're in a car you're usually closer to the lion than this flight distance. So if you then suddenly stand out as a human, the lions usually will run off (if they can, if they feel trapped between bushes and the cars, or if there are cubs who can't get out of the situation quickly enough things might turn out differently).
  15. Usually the first packs in Luangwa start denning in May and the last ones stop denning in September. For Luangwa your best bet will be September (but it gets hotter by the day in September). Mana Pools at that time is also a good time for dogs.

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