Thanks to the generous support of friends and members of the Tuli Predator Project we were able to secure 2 radio collars to help Andrei continue with his important work of tracking lions in the Tuli and greater area. All the collars have been deployed between the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana and bordering Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa.
The 4 lions who are sporting collars are Matswane - a young feisty lion, a lioness at the Kgotla near Solomon's Wall (Andrei is still looking for a suitable name for her) and two lions at Mapungubwe National Park. The two in Mapungubwe are being tracked by Andrei; however, there are a couple of researchers from Venetia who are also following them and consequently also benefiting from the use of the tracking data.
Paul Funston tells us that the two darted in Mapungubwe are a male and a female who apparently crossed over from Botswana about a year ago. The female has two small cubs. She and the male limit their movements to a local area. It is expected that as the cubs grow older their territory and movements will expand.
Photos courtesy Andrei Snyman