Reporting Date: 21ST NOVEMBER 2011
In the world of nature, there is alot of competition among the hunters and the scavengers. Animals like the lions would not like the survival of other meat-eaters like cheetahs, leopards and hyenas. whenever an opportunity arises, they make sure that they eliminate either the young of other cats or the bigger ones. In most instances they would kill but not eat, simply trying to bring down competition in the wild.
In the Serengeti national park, we saw a situation whereby a leopard killed an hyena then drags it into a tree but not eating. This is an incident in which the leopard came closer to eating an hyena as they would sometimes kill them ( especially young or sub adults) and abandon the carcasse on the ground. Meanwhile the cheetah is the most disadvantaged of the bigger cats when it comes to competition as it cannot fight because its limps are adapted only for high speed, so in tight situations, they are easily overpowered by lions.
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Reporting Date: 18TH NOVEMBER 2011
As Godson was doing his early morning game drive with his guests, they started by the area around the camp where they saw a big male lion which was heard roaring the whole night. As they approached Wogakuria Kopjes, they spotted a female leopard with one cub, there were also Buffalos and Elephants close by .They then proceeded to the Mara river where they saw some wildebeests that had just crossed over. From a distance they spotted three male cheetahs with a fresh kill of a wildebeest that had just crossed the river. The three brother cheetahs which have been together for almost five years seemed to be very alert as they were eating the kill very fast and looking around as scavengers always follow them. Not long before they could enjoy their kill, Hyenas and the Vultures arrived and took over the kill. The three Cheetahs walked away with big disappointments with an expression that nature is always against them as they work hard for a meal but will not always enjoy it. With the cheetahs moving away, Godson also felt that it was time to drive on, he headed to Bologonja river where suddenly they came across a herd of wildebeest trying to cross on their way to the South. From a distance, they could see a rhino and later on a black-maned lion. His guests who had been longing to see the rhino could not hold their happiness as they had already seen lions, leopard, buffalo’s and elephants and only needed to see the rhino to complete seeing the Big Five in the Serengeti.
Reporting Date: 14TH NOVEMBER 2011
It was a cool cloudy day as Deus drove on the Kiunga plains for a full day game drive. On this plains are found scattered Desert date trees which form some umbrella shape, large termite mounds as well as pockets of croton bushes. Under one of the Desert date trees, Deus found some two adult lionesses with three cubs which were almost one year old. About a hundred meters away were some two male lions resting in the open grassland. As they continued driving towards the sand river which lies on the border between the Serengeti and the Mara, they found a cheetah on some termite mound looking so keenly on a group of Gazelles that were grazing happily at a distance of about two hundred meters. Carnivores have different lifestyles, cheetah is mostly solitary while lions lead a social lifestyle with high chances of succesful hunting.
Reporting Date: 10TH NOVEMBER 2011
The mara river which runs through the serengeti and the masai mara game reserves is the largest drainage in the ecosystem. one of its major attractions is the wildebeests crossings during the migration which is the last remaining wildlife spectacle on earth. On a full day game drive today, there were some gatherings of the wildebeests on the junction where a seasonal river meets the mara. They were waiting to cross and head back into the southern parts. On the opposite side of the river was a lioness waiting for an ambush, so when they started crossing, the predator moved slowly forwards, shortening the strike distance. Then it singled out one male and caught it right next to a huge croton bush not far from where ranger Godsons car was waiting. The golden rules of the lions and other predators is to wait patiently by the riverine bushes for a catch during the crossings.
Reporting Date: 8TH NOVEMBER 2011
Ranger Kokan had just picked up his four guests from the kogatende airstrip in the morning and introduced them to the serengeti by first viewing the Mara river which at the moment is swollen as a result of the seasonal rains.There-after, as they did a game drive to the camp, the guests were rewarded with a sighting of the largest spotted cat in africa sunning itself on one of the Kopjes(rocky outcrop). It was very relaxed and was using its tongue to leak its paws as if it had already gotten its breakfast. "Oh what a cute cat !", this was the exclamation that came from one of Kokans guests from the back seat. They were full of admiration for africa's most shy and elusive cat which most of the time would be seeing you when you dont see it.
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