May proved to be another good month in Mashatu for lion sightings. The coalition of three males roaming the western side of the reserve was seen less often. One of the three males has a SAT (satellite) - GPS collar on and this allows me to follow their every day movements. These new SAT collar sends their location every few hours, regardless of where they are, to an online server. In the past we use to deploy Cell phone-based GPS collars on our research animals, but…Continue
In the last update I mentioned that the original pack had split up and we suspected that some new males had moved into the area. We have now got some clarity of the pack composition and status of the packs.
Most of this has been determined using photographs which allow us to identify known individuals based on their characteristic coat patterns. The original Tuli pack effectively split into three, with two functional, reproducing packs and then the two males that were…Continue