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STEWART PHOTOGRAPHY – 2015 safari wrap up – TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE (part 3)

By January 14, 2016 No Comments

Although there is no resident lion pride in the immediate camp location, hence the reason behind the leopard population expanding so quickly, we did encounter lions on almost every safari.  The whole dynamics of the lion in the area changed throughout the year. At one stage it was hoped that the unusual coalition between a father and son might succeed in making this area their home and the start of a new pride!!  Unfortunately, a huge fight ensued between father and son and the “pipe dream” of a new pride went up in smoke, excuse the pun!!  Once that coalition was over, the son established a relationship with another large male that petered out into nothing. The huge young male finally “hooked up” with one of the females from the old Muchotton pride that used to dominate the area.  This relationship produced 4 cubs, which although we didn’t see them locally for a while, we understand that all are doing well and flourishing.  Other sightings of lion were more often than not sourced from the splinter groups of the large Ross pride, that uses the Klasserie as its base, but often wander into the Timbavati for a change of scenery or new food sources.