East Africa Bush Tails

Climbing Kopjes in Lamai – Serengeti

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Lamai is placed on one of the most commanding Kopjes in the Serengeti overlooking vast plains and the Masaai Mara in the distance. The large granite boulders are great fun to explore, recently we took everyone up to the highest spot on the Lamai Kopje for a fun sundowner with breathtaking views.

This of course was after we had spent a morning with a Cheetah and her cubs, playing in the early morning light, it is truly a photographers paradise.

 
Cubs Update – Sand Rivers – Selous
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It’s two weeks on since our last blog on the cubs, we have been seeing them regularly in a long drainage line scattered with Doum plams and Long pod cassias, both providing good shade and hiding places f or the cubs. Yesterday after a big storm we found the adults out in the open enjoying lying in the cool water drenched sand. Under a little bush we spotted the cubs looking very tired but in good condition. It still looks like their mother is doing a good job of looking after them.
 
Leopard cub (s?)!!!
 
It is quite difficult to see the clear evidence in these photos and for that we apologise. There were very few of these prints remaining because their path crossed with the path of a supply boat being offloade d early this morning. It was then that we found the leopard tracks with accompanying tracks i.e. a cub!
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The gestation period for leopards is 90 -105 days. These prints are pretty small; cubs can walk from two weeks but don’t usually come out of the den to learn to hunt until 2 months. We think ther den must be very close!

It was impossible to tell if the tracks were from more than 1 cub (a litter is usually 2 or 3), but we sincerely hope so as fewer than 50% of leopard cubs reach the age of 1 year, therefore it would better the odds significantly!

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You can see the cub print on the left above the word ‘left’, and the mamma cub’s print on the right of this photo.We really hope to keep seeing this mamma leopard with accompanying tracks for some time to come, and of course, not just the tracks – we recently had one guest who had a motion -detecting camera in use overnight. We knew the leopards were around thanks to the askari’s night watch. Sadly the camera didn’t’ capture any leopards, despite setting up the camera in the places where we thought it most likely to spot them. As soon as we have any evidence beyond prints, be sure you will hear about it!
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