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  1. A: Me, now. I'm not as clever with my words as @michael-ibkand @pault, but I have some surprises up my sleeve for my trip report. Most days held new treats; some of which I'm still trying to track down the answers. A little background information for new readers: I agonized for months about my first trip to Africa until finally surrendering to the fact that I would have to leave hubby Harry home in June 2017. A colleague and I, along with our teenage daughters, went to Kenya for two weeks. When I had to cancel my second, previously arranged safari to Zimbabwe scheduled for early November due to Harry's unforeseen foot surgery in late October, I hoped that we might get to travel to Africa while his foot healed before returning to work. All of the stars aligned, and we knocked out a trip in less than a week, and took off three or four weeks later. So... Will I finally see the migration after missing it in the Maasai Mara by two days? Any new species on the list? Which cats played a prominent role? Have I improved my photography skills? Any new friends made? My first question of this post: How old is the cub below and where is mama? Did she end up as a meal? Still no answers. Tarangire National Park. (Lion was tenderly grooming the cub; looked like he was tasting her.)
  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. As last year, I left Selinda in the middle of the morning and landed at Kasane at noon. A driver was waiting for me. The formalities at the two border posts were carried out, as usual, without problems. Two hours later, we reached Hwange Town where we turned right and quickly arrived at Mbala Gate where my guide of last year, Washington Sibandi, was waiting for me. He was again my guide but only for the three first days. For the two last days, I joined Adam Jones, who was guiding a keen photographer who was in camp for fifty-five days. For information, the journey to the camp is about 2 hours and a half if you do not see anything spectacular on the way. In this year of heavy rains, the situation was similar to that of Selinda ; water everywhere, on the roads and on the plains. Hwange had, moreover, given itself some airs of Okavango. So apart from hippos, shy elands, solitary elephants and some plains game, we did not see a lot of mammals. No matter what, we were again able to focus on birds and smaller creatures. There were nevertheless some good and interesting sightings of lions, leopard, martial eagle, spotted eagle owls and…… bullfrogs. Concerning the camp itself, nothing more to add to what I wrote in the report on my stay last November : still a great place with great people. The day of my arrival, between Masuma and Shumba, we found the Masuma pride making its way on the road. Unfortunately, it did not stay there and disappeared very quickly on the left side in the mopanes and the kopjes. When we arrived at the camp, we were told that four lions, two females and two sub adults, called the Super Models, had been spotted nearby. Photo taken in the space between the hood of the vehicle and the windscreen, turned down on it. One of the two dominant males of the Masuma pride, Liam or Mandla, seen near Masuma. Another lion, this one nomadic, was heard roaring every night and even seen by other guests feeding on a dead elephant.
  4. LOL!! Last night, after a long afternoon of reading trip reports, I dreamed I found a serval in the wild. But then, it was a serval with a hyena. You don't belong here, hyena! Then a wild dog popped in. Careful of the hyena! Cheetah... begone! Tiger. What? Tigers don't belong in this ecosystem! Leopards. So beautiful. What is my subconscious telling me? Time to return!
  6. 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.
  7. I am currently reading dozens of scientific papers and reviews from Central and West Africa, and I recently found this article from Bauer: Carnivores Benoue.pdf The report deals with the estimation of lions in the Faro-Benoue-Boubandjida complex in Northern Cameroon, which is considered as the stronghold of lions in the country and in Central Africa. The other population is located in Waza. It is much smaller and has reduced a lot in the last decades for various reasons: reduction of prey densities because of the construction of the Maga dam (which does not allow the Logone river to flood the Waza plains during the rainy season as before), severe drought, livestock encroachment, poaching, Boko Haram issue. Except for elephants, all large mammals population are now very reduced compared to the seventies. The method used is spoor count (Funston formula method) and was implemented in the central hunting blocks and the three national park, in an area covering 24.500 km2. The 55 transects chosen in this study cover a total length larger than 800 km. Lions were found in all the areas surveyed and results proved to be statistically significant, which means that the confidence interval is very reduced and thus that the estimation resulted of high precision. It is considered that cheetah and wild dogs disapeared from the area in the last two decades and this study confirms this assertion, with no footprint detected for these two species. The study results show that lion is present in the study area at a density of 1 lion per 100 km2, leopards are present at a density of 1,3/100km2, and hyena are present at a density of 5,7/100km2. This gives a total lion population of 250 (243-258), a total leopard population of 316 (307-325), and a total hyena population of 1376 (1352-1400). Highest lion densities are to be found in Faro National Park, followed by Benoué National Park. Boubandjida densities are twice lower than in the hunting blocks, which are around 1 lion per 100 km2. I am surprised to know that lion densities at Boubandjida are much lower than around Benoué, as preys were found in high densities in the 2008 aerial count (0,75 animals/km2 at Boubandjida, 0,4/km2 at Benoué, 0,2/km2 at Faro) The authors report that the main threat is that livestock is omnipresent in the study area, which represents an increase compared to the results of the 2008 aerial count. The study is integrated in the Cameroun Conservation Action Plan for lion. One of its objective was to define lions trophy quota in each areas.
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  9. ~ This June, 2017 research article published in Ecosphere, a well as the explanatory news release from the U.C. Santa Cruz News Center, presents findings of a study of African Leopards at the Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia, Kenya. Leopard energetics including determining caloric demand were measured for five leopards wearing collars equipped with both GPS and accelerometer devices. Energy expenditure while hunting, predatory drive and interaction with the ecosystem were assessed.
  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. Video I made on my recent trip of Satpura national park. This is huge male tiger and quite aggressive also. Somehow I managed to take good video during safari.
  12. 20 Days Tiger direct Days Tiger direct TRIP FACTS Prices from: On request Accommodation: Luxury and semi luxury hotels/guest houses/jungle resorts. Max. Participants: No limit Min. Participants: 2 No. Of crew: 1 Vehicle type: Adventure maxi-van Duration: Days- 20, Nights- 19 Meals: Breakfast X 19, Lunch X 19, Dinner X 19 Departure: Delhi End: Delhi Departure date: On request (Best time to travel is November to May) Highlights: The Satpura landscape Sloth bears in Satpura Wild dogs in Pench Tigers in Pench, Kanha & Tadoba Barasingha deer in Kanha Birdwatching in Kanha Places to Visit: Delhi Satpura Pench Tadoba Kanha Jabalpur Delhi Itinerary: Day 1: Delhi You will be picked up from the Delhi Airport. Accommodation will be in a comfortable hostel. A short trip meeting at 18:00 hrs. No other activities are planned here. Day 2–6: Satpura National Park On day 2 after breakfast, we will fly to Bhopal. From here we will drive to the Satpura National Park. Accommodation will be in a semi-luxury resort. The landscape here is one of the most beautiful in Central India. It is also arguably the best place in India to see the sloth bear. Wildlife safaris in the national park can get us up close to sloth bears, leopards, gaur, Malabar giant squirrel along with other wildlife. On day 3 and 4 we will do both morning and evening safaris. On day 5 in the morning we will for canoe safari. In the afternoon we will drive to Churna. Churna has a very beautiful rest house from British times which is run by forest department. Its a very basic rest house but experience of being there itself is very different. Overnight stay at rest house. On day 6, we will drive back to our resort. At night we will go for a night safari. Day 7–10: Pench National Park Drive to Pench National Park. Accommodation will be in a comfortable resort. Pench is well known as Rudyard Kiplings inspiration. It is home to a good population of tigers and provides us one of the best opportunities to get upclose to one. It is also home to leopards, wild dogs, gaurs, deer and around 350 species of birds. On days 8, 9 and 10 we have both morning and evening safaris planned here. Day 11–14: Tadoba National Park Drive to Tadoba National Park. Accommodation will be in a comfortable resort. Tadoba arguably has the highest tiger density in the country right now. Out of all the parks that we are visiting, Tadoba has the best tiger sightings. It also has a very good leopard and sloth bear population. The habitat here is mostly dominated by thick bamboo grooves. On days 12,13 and 14 we have both morning and evening safari planned here. Day 15–18 : Kanha National Park Drive to Kanha National Park. Accommodation will be in a comfortable resort. Kanha is one of the most beautiful parks in India. The beauty of the lush green sal forest and open meadows is unmatched. It is also home to a lot of big cats. Both tigers and leopards are in good numbers here. It is also home to an endemic species of deer named the hard ground barasingha. Kanha is a birdwatchers paradise aswell. On days 16, 17 and 18 we have both morning and evening safaris planned here. Day 19–20: Delhi On the 19th day after breakfast we will drive to Jabalpur airport for our flight to Delhi. We have an overnight stay here. Next day after breakfast, we will drop you at the airport where the trip ends. What's included and excluded Meals 3 Meals a day – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation Twin sharing for hotels, hostels, resorts and homestays Single sharing for hotels, hostels, resorts and homestays (only if extra single supplement charge paid) Includes Fully equipped transfer & safari vehicle Accommodation as specified All road tolls and vehicle taxes All ground transportation Domestic flights if required in the itinerary Meals as indicated Services of two crew Excludes Visas International flights Travel insurance Airport transfers Sleeping bag Sleeping mats Optional activities Drinks tips For enquiry - Days Tiger direct
  13. ~ This April, 2017 research article published in Royal Society Open Science presents findings from a 2012 to 2016 trap survey of Panthera pardus, Leopard, in the Soutpansberg Mountains of South Africa, in Limpopo Province. Eight leopards were fitted with GPS collars. A high mortality rate was ascribed to illegal human activity. The two explanatory articles expand and comment on the findings, urging greater protection for South Africa's leopards.
  14. ~ This January, 2014 research article from the European Journal of Wildlife Research presents a study concerning trophic interactions between two relatively endangered species in Iran, the Persian Leopard and the Urial Sheep. Camera traps were utilized to confirm details concerning predator/prey distribution.
  15. ~ This May, 2016 research article published in Peer Journal is a comprehensive survey of the current conservation status of widely separated populations of the various subspecies of Panthera pardus, Leopard. Careful review of relevant published research and field investigations suggests that global leopard populations are more threatened than generally believed. Detailed global leopard population distribution maps are provided.
  16. ~ This January, 2017 research article from the journal Oryx discusses how the perception of leopards of village residents in the Iranian Caucasus is influenced by leopard cattle predation. The Dorfak No-Hunting Area is a priority leopard reserve in the Caucusus Ecoregion. Local residents view cattle as a source of wealth hence perceive any loss to leopards as a direct threat to both status and livelihood.
  17. ~ This December, 2014 research article from Wildlife Research concerns a 2006 to 2010 survey in Bhutan's Punakha District of livestock predation attributed to dhole, tiger and leopard populations. It was found that dhole predation was much more significant than attacks by tigers or leopards. However, dhole predation was primarily outside of villages or protected farm plots, being in forested areas.
  18. ~ These local newspaper articles from Queensland, Australia report that pug marks have been found and a visual sighting which suggest the presence of a melanistic leopard. Victoria has also been a hotspot of reported sightings. The big cat research group Panther People is assembling all anecdotal data of possible big cat sightings in Australia, as well as seeking credible confirmatory evidence.
  19. Leopard - Pench national park Sloth bear - Satpura national park Small pratincole - Bhigwan bird sanctuary 360 degree view point of Agumbe Herd of Asiatic elephant - Periyar tiger reserve Sambar deer - Sillari zone of pench national park, Maharastra Mahaveer female cubs - Kanha national park Cranes - Little rann of kutch Wildass - Wildass sanctuary of little rann of kutch
  20. I hope you enjoy this unique encounter Here's a nice photo from the experience.
  21. We have two trip back to back for 2017 and 2018 Check the link of trip itinerary 82 Days trans Himalayan expedition Places we are covering in this trip - Leh (Trip departs - highest desert city) Turtuk (Remote tribal village) Tso kar (high altitude alpine lake) Jispa (riverside stay) Manali (hill station) Spiti valley (desert mountain valley) Kullu (hill station) Great Himalayan National Park (trek in high altitude national park) Shimla (Hill station) Dehradun (Stopover) Mussoorie (Hill station) Rishikesh (Banks of Ganges – river rafting) Jim Corbett National Park (Tigers, elephants and more) Ghatgarh (Birding, nature trails) Nainital (hill station, birding - Sattal, Pangot) Dudhwa National Park (Elephants, tigers, rhinos, crocs) Bardia National Park – Nepal (Gharial crocs, rhinos, elephants & birds) Lumbini (birth place of Gautam Buddha) Pokhra (place to relax, Tibetan bazaars, Phewa lake) Chitwan National Park – (Elephants, rhinos, tigers) Kathmandu (City tour) Koshi tapu wildlife sanctuary (birding) Siliguri (Stopover & time to relax) Darjeeling (Hill station, tea gardens) Singalila National Park (Drive/trek, chance for red pandas) Gangtok (City tour) Neora Valley National Park (Nature trail/treks for red panda) Jaldapara National Park (Rhinos & elephants) Manas National park (Elephants, rhinos, water buffalo, tigers, capped langur, golden langur) Kaziranga National Park (Grassland ecosystem, tigers, elephants, rhinos, water buffalos) Guwahati (Trip ends) 61 Days necklace of India - places we are covering in this trip - Delhi (Trip departs) Bharatpur (Migratory birds) Ranthambore (Wildlife reserve + fort) Jaipur (Forts + palaces + monuments + street culture & food) Jodhpur (Forts) Jaisalmer (Desert life + sand dunes + wildlife reserve) Bera (Wildlife reserve for leopards) Little Rann of Kutch (Salt marsh + wildlife reserve) Velavadar (Wildlife reserve) Ahmedabad (City culture + shopping + food) Indore (Night halt) Jabalpur (waterfall + boat cruise + water sports) Bandhavgarh (Wildlife reserve) Kanha (Wildlife reserve) Achanakmar (Wildlife reserve) Satkosia gorge (Wildlife reserve + tribal life) Chilika lake (Lagoon + migratory birds) Bhubaneswar (World heritage site temples) Tajpur (Sea beach) Kolkata (Monuments + museums + street culture & food) Sunderbans (Mangroves + wildlife reserve) Jaldapara (Wildlife reserve) Darjeeling (Hill station) Kalimpong (Hill station) Gangtok (Adventure sports + Trip ends) contact -
  22. Some of the top sightings of the 22 Days Big Cats of India Feb trip. The success of the trip was incredible with 9 tigers, 8 leopards and 4 lions all together. Other than the big cats we saw tons of other wildlife as well, like jungle cats, deer, wild boar, gaur, antelope etc. The overwhelming success of the trip is very encouraging and we are already looking forward to the next departure: 5th Dec, 2017 Asiatic lion - Gir national park Cob of mahaveer tigress - Kanha national park Umarpani male - Kanha national park One of the cubs of mahaveer female Leopard sitting on tree top Leopard - Bera More pictures will be posted soon.........
  23. Our recent trip to the Mara (December 2016) was again magical. Every day was jam-packed with outstanding sightings. We are novice videographers and put much more effort into photography. I just haven't had a chance yet to start processing any photos from the trip. Heck, I'm still processing videos; I have about 4 or more videos I have yet to upload, including our final compilation of each place we visited in Kenya. Here's some lengthy video of each day in the Mara. Most video capture is a bit raw and shaky, but hopefully you can enjoy the animals despite our lack of skill. All thumbnails for the videos are my unedited photos from that day. Day 1 (just a short evening drive; not too much to see in this video: Day 2 (good action! Lion kill and Malaika hunting with cubs): Day 3 (more great action!): Day 4 (outstanding elephant river crossing): All the rest of our videos are here:

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