Festive season greetings to you, from the wilds of Tanzania! Let’s cut to the chase and review the month’s wildlife sightings.
Cheetahs: As per last month the majority of cheetah sightings have been made up of the mother and her two eight-month-old cubs. They’ve moved towards Sabora as there is a large amount of Thompson’s gazelle in the area. Two young males have come into our concession, with them first being sighted near Faru Faru.
Lions: Lion sighting have been very good this month and due to the number of vehicles out on drive they have been seen almost every day. With the majority of the plains game being out west, the lions have followed, so a great deal of the sightings have been in the western sector. The five young males have been seen around Sabora throughout the month, so it looks like they the three dominant males have not pushed them any further west. The Butamtam females and their sub-adult cubs are moving between Sasakwa dam and Serengeti road, with them having killed several buffalo due to the majority of herbivores out west. The Nyasirori and Ridge prides were also seen often in the Sabora area.
Leopards: With all the lodges being so busy the leopard sightings have been very good this month. Tulia and her cubs have been seen on a regular basis along the Sabora drainage line, on a few occasions they have been seen with impala kills up the numerous sausage trees that line the drainage. The dominant male around Faru Faru and Grumeti west drainage has also been seen on a regular basis.
Read the full report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report – December 2015
This month I witnessed how predators are so incredibly good at assessing a situation, weighing up the potential benefits of a hunt and analysing the potential costs or risks at the same time.
We set off under the cover of darkness in the early morning and on to one of my favourite drainage lines to look for lions. As it began to get light I caught site of the Butamtam lionesses and their youngsters. We gently approached the lionesses and then switched the engine off and watched. One of the more mature lionesses, the daughter of ‘Mama Scar’, was busy nursing her five youngsters. This is interesting as lionesses only possess four teats.
I was out one morning looking for elephants as my guests were still hoping for further interaction with these special creatures. What we came across that day, we could not have prepared for – it was simply magical.