As we head out from camp on a morning drive we hear that Barry had managed to find the Tsalala Female moving along the Sand River. We decide to join Barry and see how she is doing. Unsurprisingly so she is in fantastic condition and with a relatively full belly, she was moving around making use of the cooler weather. As she emerges out of the thicker vegetation she notices an impala in the distance and looks on as though she wants to hunt. a short while after seeing the impala, the impala notices her and begins alarm calling at her. Having lost the element of surprise the chance of her being successful was slim so she continues on and eventually settles under a bush to rest. It was great to see how she is doing and use this as a little update on her.
In our second part of the Virtual Safari, we find one of the Nkoveni Young Females resting in a fallen marula tree. Within a few moments, she is surrounded by a journey of giraffe. Posing no threat to the significantly larger herbivores it is intriguing just how concerned the giraffe were of her presence. Walking closer and closer to her until they were a mere 15 feet from her.
Enjoy this week’s Virtual Safari…
Also young and playful but rather with a spot pattern of 3:2. She is slightly bigger than her sister.
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I now wonder whether she was calling for one of the lionesses from the Mhangeni pride that she appears to have formed a bond with. I hope so. She deserves companionship.
It is always a great sight to see the Tsalala Female. She was calling, but I am not too sure if she was maybe calling trying to meet up with a male or if she was maybe calling out of frustration at the impala continuously alarming at her. I have seen this before.