What can we say about the month of love… we have been rather busy as it was also Chinese new year. The sightings have really been fantastic and we had many guests leaving with a lifetime of memories. Here are some of the highlights:
There has been a lot of changes over the last few weeks with regards to the Pilanesberg cheetah population. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) keeps an eye on the cheetah population and genetics. Cheetahs have to be moved from one protected area to another in order to make sure their genes are spread and inbreeding doesn’t occur. Therefore the EWT makes the decisions on what needs to happen in order to make this possible.
Rains first litter of cubs in the Pilanesberg consisted of three males. These boys had to be relocated a few months back to avoid any inbreeding. This was unfortunately not before they got into a fight with their fathers which ended in both of them curcumin to their injuries.
On the 25 October, two new male cheetahs were introduced into The Pilanesberg National Park from Dinokeng.
So who is still in the reserve and how many cheetahs do we have left?
There are currently 5 cheetahs in the Pilanesberg.
- Our superstar Female cheetah “Rain” is here and we are hoping the two new males will find her as beautiful as we do.
- Rains’ latest offspring which is ready to leave her soon. He is a little male so will possibly be relocated to another reserve once he splits from her.
- Rains’ second litter of cubs with us consisted of two females and a male. The male hasn’t been seen for a long time so it is thought that he, unfortunately, didn’t make it. His sisters, however, are doing great! One has been relocated to Marakele National Park and the other remains here.
- Then we have the two new big males.
With the new males in the reserve, we are excited to see how the population will continue to grow and hope to share many exciting sightings with everyone.
The new boys on the block. The two new adult males that have been introduced into The Pilanesberg National Park seem to be doing well. Here they were seen on a Redhartebeest kill.
December brought on the rain, the park is looking so green again and the Wildebeest have started giving birth (a little late this year). We have shared some great moments with our guests during the festive season. Here are some highlights we would like to share with you.
And the rains have started, we have had a bit of rain to kick off the summer. Not a lot but enough to start turning the burnt areas green. We now wait with bated breath for more rain and for the babies to start being born. Here are some highlights we would like to share with you.
Did you know that kudus have a very large liver in order to handle the toxins (Tannins) in the plants that they eat?
Did you know that the gestation period of an elephant is 22 months? This is the longest gestation period of all mammals.
Did you know that the collective noun (name) for a group of Zebras is a dazzle?
The August winds have arrived, for the first time in awhile they are on time. It is very dry at the moment so we are hoping the rains will come soon. Here are some highlights we would like to share with you.