Ten Through the Lens of James Moodie
This week’s images are through the lens of ranger James Moodie . He has captured some amazingly stunning pictures of wild cats and other game seen at MalaMala.
This winter we are bound for some epic duals. As the land dries up, the struggle for territory intensifies and predators must battle for the right to prevail in one of nature’s harshest seasons while looking to stamp their claim on this bountiful piece of land in the heart of MalaMala: Flockfield.
Currently there are four young leopards in this area that pose a threat. We have talked a lot about the Treehouse Male and his confrontations with the Bicycle Crossing Male over the last year. But there are still more viable contenders.
The River Rocks Male seems to have made western Charleston his home. He is also very familiar with the advantages of being dominant in Flockfield after been raised by his mother, the Dudley Female, in these parts. He could look to challenge if he decided to push north.
It’s not only the male leopards who have their eyes on Flockfield. There is also a race between the females in Flockfield.
Lion confrontations should also intensify this winter.
The Manyelethi Males have also been scarce. They have been enjoying a battle with another coalition in the west and are looking to possibly take over the two remaining prides in the western sector. We will see if the lack of the males’ presence in this area encourages new young males to make it their home.
– by: The MalaMala Ranger Team