|A buffalo calf momentarily separated from the 300 plus herd that flooded through Sabi Sabi last week|
|One of the 5 young males responsible for a female buffalo kill last week.|
The last couple of times we saw our new generation of cubs, only 3 were seen from the initial 9. With a survival rate of only about 10% we assumed the worse but a few days after the sighting of the boys, we were lucky enough to find not 3, but 9 cubs together again! It looks as if another female has recently popped and restocked the numbers after the loss of the oldest 2 last month. However, on a downside, their father was last seen many kilometers north of Sabi Sabi territory; far enough for us to assume that he will not be returning; and without his protection, these cubs’ chances of survival are almost non existent.
|2 of the newest young additions to the southern pride|
|A rare sighting of the females from a neighbouring pride in Mala Mala. Perhaps drawn here by the scent of the buffalo herd|
Elephant sighting continue to be good, with lots of big old bulls ambling their way through our reserve. No doubt following the previous influx of females that we saw recently. Many of them are still in musth (a state of heightened testosterone) and caution is advised when approaching these bush landscapers. The late rains have continued to provide us with grey skies, making photography difficult, but just their presence is often enough to convey their power.
Other highlights of the past week or so included a large herd of zebra frolicking around a termite mound covered in feathered chloris grass. The light on the grass gave the whole scene a very ethereal look and I was lucky enough to catch a youngster stretching his legs!
An univited guest had to be captured and relocated from reception - a baboon spider had wondered through possibly looking for somewhere to relapse into a state of torpour during the winter period. Though not a danger to us, they are quite capable of breaking the skin and inflicting a painful bite.