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Lioness BF053 – “Cally”

Lioness BF053 lived on a game farm, and was pretty shy of vehicles.

Lioness BF053 lived on a game farm, and was pretty shy of vehicles.

 

 

A very shy lioness was darted at the western boundary of the CKGR, and darted at the same time as male BM052 while they had been mating for about 20 hours beforehand. At the time BF053 had one single large cub, approximately 1.5 years of age, whom BM052 had chased away from the scene. After darting she returned to mate with BM052, and gave birth to cubs about three months later, three survived to be observed. BM052 was tolerant of both young cubs and to a lesser extent the sub-adult. BF053 confined herself to a very small range on the Game farm and a little to the east and south (Figure below). The area to the east and south was wildlife management area, and was largely unoccupied by people or livestock. She remained extremely wary of vehicles throughout observation, despite the managers on the game farm being very tolerant of lions.

The cattle farm directly to the west was not tolerant to lions and actively pursued problem carnivores, though she never ventured on to the cattle farm. The wary behaviour of BF053 seemed to indicate a history of persecution and reflect her lack of membership with any pride – pride females are usually less wary than unaffiliated females. Her range was severely restricted while she raised the small cubs. The sub-adult left the small family after another 20 months. I was unable to track him, but was told by a farm manager that he was shot on another farm. 26 months after the original darting took place, female BF053 increased her range slightly to include the cattle farm to the west (blue polygon in Figure below) and was subsequently shot in February 2012. The fate of the three small cubs is unknown, but had when last seen about one month prior had been healthy but completely dependent on the mother.

 

Map of the GPS points for the lioness showing the small range that kept her almost exclusively on the game farm (light green area).

Map of the GPS points for the lioness showing the small range that kept her almost exclusively on the game farm (light green area).

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