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The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa. It is extremely fast and can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and can leap 4 m (13 feet) through the air. The common name "springbok" comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words spring = jump and bok = male antelope or goat. The … [Read more...]

Lion BM052 “Marco”

Lion BM052 was darted and collared in the wildlife management area (WMA) corridor between the CKGRs western boundary and the farms further to the west. He never associated with another male, chasing several younger males for considerable distances. When travelling west out of the reserve, lion BM052 encountered a game farm that tolerated lions and … [Read more...]

Lioness BF053 – “Cally”

    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 … [Read more...]

Lion JM058 “Wasp”

  Lion JM058 was part of a pair of 6 year old lions first observed in November, 2009 in the Junction Pride range (see Figure 3.2) but were not part of the pride there and were apparently nomadic. Two years later they were observed inside the mostly undefended Passarge area in August, 2011, mating with a Passarge Pride female. I placed a … [Read more...]

Lion TM059 “Bart”

  This young male with very striking facial features was part of a cohort of three young males. He was observed singly on several occasions and was estimated to be about 4 years old when collared in March, 2010. He spent a little time around Tau Pan, but did not associate with the four territorial lions of the Tau Pan pride. Instead the … [Read more...]

Lion MM102 “Mogoto”

A male was collared in the north west of the reserve to fill an important gap in the developing pride map. Almost immediately the satellite collar failed and only occasionally returned sporadic data. After 132 days the collar removed with 24 days worth of data, no GPS enabled collar was available at the time, and I decided not to attempt a … [Read more...]

Lion JM068 “Sega”

A single male dominated the Junction pride after the death of JM011 and his partner see section . Lion JM068 was collared in July 2009 and over the observations I found that he defended two cohorts of 3 females each. These females had not been observed with the original males, and the females that spent most time in the north had cubs that were old … [Read more...]

Lioness HF012 “Tata”

  Lioness HF012  responded to playbacks of prey animals in distress on the western boundary of the CKGR. It was clear from discussion with local farmers that understanding lion behaviour near and across the boundaries if the game reserve would be beneficial. This lioness travelled with a single female partner, and very occasionally with a … [Read more...]

Lioness JF013 “Rata”

Lioness JF013 was collared near the centre of the Junction prides territory, but had soon departed from this area. She was a very young lioness and part of a family unit of five including an older adult female and a sister and two brothers of similar age. In contrast to the resident females, lioness JF013 and her cohort appeared to be a part of a … [Read more...]

Lioness SF010 “Steph”

On the evening of same day that male SM009 was collared, a female was collared from the from the eastern end of San Pan, as part of a group of four lioness. After darting the vet immediately recognized that she was quite newly pregnant. She gave birth a few weeks later hiding the new cubs, and soon mixed her cubs with another females of a very … [Read more...]