CHARLESTON PRIDE

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Charleston lioness - Photograph taken by ranger Graham Dyer

June 2015

CHARLESTON: 3
(17 sightings of the female; 15 of the two male cubs; 7 of the two males)

June was an excellent month for sightings of the Charleston pride, during the month we were fortunate to spend some good quality time with these five members during the 20 days we viewed them. To kick off the month, we had all five members in the Sand River between Beaumontís camp and Calabash crossing, a few days later this pride had all regrouped and were found sunning themselves on a beach opposite Trollipís camp. A very relaxed start to the month of June for the members of the Charleston pride.

During the following two weeks, the lioness and her two cubs spent a vast majority of their time in and around the Sand River, north of Calabash crossing. During this time, the two males were seen involved in two sets of feeding activity. The first of which was much further to the west compared to where they were last seen, on our boundary with the Kruger National Park. It was here that they were seen sharing the remains of a buffalo carcass with four young males and a single female from the Tjellahanga pride. The second was when these two males were found trailing a herd of buffalo around Charleston River rocks, the buffalo left the area minus on individual who fell victim to these two captors. That was not all in terms of feeding activity seen with this pride during June, the day after the males were found, the female was located in the Sand River, adjacent the central parts of Sibuye drive. calabash crossing with a bull kudu. She and her two cubs spent three full days on this carcass - a very good reward for the effort spent capturing such a challenging quarry.

A week later and the lioness was seen again, this time she was on her own - headed north towards Charleston River rocks. She was lost shortly afterwards, heading into some thick bush along the eastern bank of the Sand River. The following day, we had reports of some vulture activity around Flat rocks. Upon further inspection, all of the signs pointed to the five members of the Charleston pride, on the northern bank of the Sand River west of Flat rocks. Judging by the tracks the young ones were left around the entrance of Calabash drive, while the female assisted in making the kill at Flat rocks and returned to collect the cubs and lead them to the carcass. The five members remained at this position for the full duration, of the last two days in June.


May 2015

CHARLESTON: 3
(6 sightings of the female; 4 sightings of the two male cubs; 3 sightings of the two males)

The first sighting of any of the Charleston pride for the month was of the two males in south west Charleston. These two males were seen twice more during the month, in the company of their aunt. The lioness from the Charleston pride was not only found with her two nephews in May. In the latter half of the month, all of our waiting finally, as we were introduced to the two newest additions to the Charleston pride. The Charleston lioness was seen with her two cubs, for the first time in the Sand River at Calabash crossing on the 22nd of the month. This new mom and her two sons were seen a further three times during the remainder of May, on both the eastern and western bank of the Sand River around Trollipís hippo pools. The last encounter found this trio feeding on the remainder of a kudu carcass, south of the aforementioned hippo pools.


April 2015

CHARLESTON: 3
(1 sighting of the female; 2 sightings of the two males)

Three sightings of the Charleston pride during April, all of which were in the very southern parts of the property. One of the young males was seen alone half way through the month at Charleston rock and within the next week there were two more sightings. One of which was of the two males, who are looking in very good condition, finishing off a kill of some description in the Sand River south of Flat rocks. The third encounter with this pride was of both of these young males and their aunt.

To build on the reports which we received in March of the female having cubs, it has now been reported that there are in fact two new members of this pride. We are still yet to see either of the newest additions to the Charleston pride, but wait eagerly with baited breath.


March 2015

CHARLESTON: 3
(0 sighting of the female; 2 sighting of the two males)

As in February, the Charleston pride was seen on one occasion Ė the difference was that the female was not seen once. The two young males were seen on the 28th of March, in Ingwe donga. Their aunt, has reportedly had two cubs, on the western bank of the Sand river, south of the Charleston-Toulon boundary.


February 2015

CHARLESTON: 3
(1 sighting of the female; 1 sighting of the two males)

The Charleston pride was seen once during February, with all of the members together. This sighting was on Charleston drive, north of Charleston koppies. It is great to see this pride together again, a second month in a row. Especially with all of the individuals look so well.


January 2015

CHARLESTON: 3
(4 sightings of the female; 1 sightings of the two males)

The female from the Charleston pride, was seen with the two young males from the pride during January. This trio has not been seen in each otherís company for quite some time now. It was good to see the pride, reunited and looking so good.

There were no additional sightings of the full complement of this this pride in January, however on three other occasions the female from the pride was seen with male lions which a in a coalition and hold a territory south of our property. During the three days which the Charleston female was seen with these males, they were all seen feeding off the carcass of a buffalo.


December 2014

CHARLESTON: 3
(2 sightings of the female; 3 sightings of the two males)

The female from the Charleston pride, was seen twice during December Ė on the first and second day of the month. During these two sightings, this female was seen with the two sub-adult males from the Fourways pride on 2nd turning Jakkalsdraai.

The two males were also seen during December, it was great to see these two lions after more than a month, with both individuals looking in very good condition. On the fifth and sixth of December, they were seen on Jock walk, the following day one was relocated further north and followed to river rocks road. Neither of these two lions were seen again for almost two weeks, when they were once again spotted at the junction of river road and centre track Tamboti thicket.


November 2014

CHARLESTON: 3
(5 sightings of the female; 0 sightings of the two males)

There were no sightings of the males from the Charleston pride during November. The female, however, was seen five times. During each of these sightings she was seen with the two males from the Fourways pride. On one such occasion, she was seen mating with one of the lions.

October 2014

CHARLESTON: 3
(4 sightings of the female; 3 sightings of the two males)

Similarly to the Fourways pride, the males from the Charleston pride were not seen with the female from the pride once during the month of October. The two males were the first to be seen, when on the 6th of October they were seen killing a buffalo bull west of Flat rocks, and this is where they remained for two days. This sighting was incredible, and gave us some good viewing of the kill itself and feeding activity. The last time the males were seen in October, was on the 15th, when they approached they Eyrefield pride, who all ran off while the males from the Charleston pride pursued for quite some time near Styx crossing.


September 2014

CHARLESTON: 3
(4 sightings of the female; 0 sightings of the two males)

The two males from the Charleston pride were absent during the month of September and their whereabouts are unknown to us. The lioness from the Charleston pride were seen on 4 different occasions, each time with the two males from the Fourways pride. She was recorded mating with one of the males from the Fourways pride on the 6th, 5th and the 24th of September.


July 2014

CHARLESTON: 3
(7 sightings)

There were seven confirmed sightings of the Charleston pride during July. They were most often seen around Sibuye drive. The pride were also seen on South-Western Charleston where they were seen feeding off a giraffe. One of the males were viewed fighting with a male from a neighbouring property at the giraffe carcass. The young males are massive for their age and always seem to be well fed.


June 2014

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(6 sightings)

There were six sightings of the Charleston Pride in June. They were seen as far north as the confluence of the Kapen and Sand Rivers. They were seen twice around Sibuye Drive and once in south-west Charleston. The young males are colossal for their age and seem to be always looking well fed. The lioness was reported to be mating last month and we wait to see if anything develops. They have an extensive territory and could be putting pressure on the Tjellahanga Pride to move further north.


May 2014

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(5 sightings)

There were five sightings of the Charleston Pride in May. They were seen on the first of the month at Jakkalsdraai Open area and again at KK crossing the following day. On the 10th of the month rangers watched as the lioness caught a cape hunting dog in the Sand River around the old Boomers crossing. The lioness swiftly killed the canine and brought him onto the bank for the young males to investigate. We received reports of the lioness mating with one of the males from a coalition of three males in the southern sector of the Sabi Sands. These males have been mating with lionesses from the Selati Pride and it is good to hear that the Charleston lioness is mating again. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the two young males in the pride with the lioness now mating.


April 2014

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(4 sightings)

There were four sightings of the Charleston Pride in April. They were seen in southern Flockfield on the 10th and then next at Charleston North crossing on the 21st. They continued south along the river and were spotted on the following days as they moved south off our property. As always the lions are in excellent shape and we received reports of them making two buffalo kills off our property throughout the month. The lioness must be looking to mate fairly soon and we wait to see wether she will mate with the young males or seek out an older male to mate with.


March 2014

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(5 sightings)

There were five sightings of the Charleston Pride in March. They were seen in the early pasrts of the month in the vicinity of the Marthly Male lion around the Windmill. There was no wintnessed interaction between the Pride and the Male although they were aware of each others presense. They were seen a couple times around Sibuye Drive and at New Rocks. At the end of the month they were found with a male buffalo kill in the Sand River north of Charleston North crossing. They could be facing a threat by a new pride of nine lions that we viewed this month in Flockfield and Charleston. All three lions are in typically prestine condition.


February 2014

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(1 sightings)

There was one sighting of the Charleston Pride in February. They were found in the Sand River south of Charleston North crossing. The lions are in great condition and the males continue to thrive under the guidance of their aunt. Reports indicate that they have been spending most of their time wondering throughout their very large territory and we wait to see if any other prides pose a threat to their land. There were other lions seen within their territory througout the months and they might need to have to defend themselves if they are to remain dominant over this large area. The Selati Pride have split to their south and this could improve their chances of succes if the breakaway lions were to move far away from Charleston.


January 2014

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(3 sightings)

There were three sightings of the Charleston Pride in January. All sightings were along the Sand River in southern Charleston and Toulon. The young males are in excellent condition and the lioness is also in great shape. We will see if she is able to produce more cubs in the future and bolster the pride’s numbers.


December 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(1 sightings)

There was one confirmed sightings of the Charleston Pride during December. The three lions were seen on the Charleston/Flockfield Boundary in the very southern parts of the property. We assume that most of their movements to have taken place on the southern bank of the Sand River in Toulon.


 

November 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(2 sightings)

There were two confirmed sightings of the Charleston Pride during November. We assume their movements to have taken place on the southern bank of the Sand River in Toulon.


 

October 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(0 sightings)

There were no confirmed sightings of the Charleston Pride during October. We assume their movements to have taken place on the southern bank of the Sand River near in Toulon.


September 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(6 sightings)

There were six confirmed sightings of the Charleston Pride during September. Sightings occurred only in Charleston and the north eastern parts of Toulon.

The lions followed a herd of buffalo for three days to eventually kill a sub adult female in Northern Toulon. An epic sighting was watching all three lions wrestle over a bushbuck kill in a tree after chasing the Jakkalsdraai female off her fresh kill near Charleston North.


August 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(4 sightings)

There were four confirmed sightings of the Charleston Pride during August. Sightings occurred only in Charleston and the north eastern parts of Toulon.


July 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON: 3
(5 sightings)

Once again five sightings of the Charleston Pride for July. Sightings occurred only in Charleston and the north eastern parts of Toulon. It appeared the pride was chased by the Manyelethi males at least once. The sub adult males are large and strong and with their mother, the three lions are an effective hunting squad.


June 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON PRIDE: 3
(5 sightings)

There were five confirmed sightings of the Charleston pride in June. Sightings were scattered around Charleston as well as the southern parts of Flockfield. It appeared the three individuals were following a large herd of buffalo on two occasions. The sub adult males are large and strong and with their mother, the three lions are an effective hunting squad.


May 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON PRIDE: 3
(3 sightings)

There were three confirmed sightings of the Charleston pride during May. The location of the sightings moved from the confluence of the Tjellahanga and the Sand River to the most western parts of the Rock Drift Donga. The two sub-adult males are looking strong and healthy. When the pride was first found in the Tjellahanga river it appeared they had killed a buffalo. All three lions were well fed. This sighting was the first time the pride has been seen in 2013.


April 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON PRIDE: 3
(0 sightings)

There were no confirmed sightings for the Charleston pride this month. In fact, there have been no sightings of the pride in 2013. Their whereabouts are unknown at this stage.


March 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON PRIDE: 3
(0 sightings)

No confirmed sightings during the period.


February 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON PRIDE: 3
(0 sightings)

No confirmed sightings during the period.


January 2013

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON PRIDE: 3
(0 sightings)

No confirmed sightings during the period.


December 2012

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(0 sightings)

No confirmed sightings of this pride for the period. They have been spending more of their time to the south of the Sand River.


November 2012

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(3 sightings)

A good month of sightings after last month when they were not viewed at all. They were seen only during the early stages of the month. What the future holds for this depleted pride is an interesting issue. Could it happen that the young males will remain with the female, potentially breeding with her and bringing the pride back to what it was? This is not an unheard of arrangement and it is a possible outcome. With no male lions currently dominant over the pride, it is unlikely that they are going to be ejected, and the experienced female should be able to avoid new male lions and prevent a takeover. We will monitor developments but this should still take some time to unfold. For now, we can hope that they all stay healthy and are able to avoid any drama as another loss would be a severe blow. They need to stay clear of Selati pride who share the same territory.


September & October 2012

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 3

1 ADULT FEMALE
2 SUB ADULTS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(September: 1 sighting)
(October: 0 sightings)

Just the one sighting of the Charleston pride for this report period. Throughout September, this pride is believed to have had company in the form of three unknown male lions. The males were accepted by the pride and then disappeared as quickly as they came. Interesting times ahead for the pride, as can be expected for any pride with such low numbers.


August 2012

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 3

1 ADULT FEMALE
2 SUB ADULTS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (3 sightings)

The Charleston Pride enjoyed a relatively good month of sightings. Throughout the winter, they have been spending more time to the north of the Sand River. It is likely that we would enjoy even more sightings of them, although their domain is in an area not often travelled. This pride has been devastated by bad luck in recent times, and this month was no different. The sub adult female has been missing since around the 16th of August and is now presumed dead. It is believed that the pride had a confrontation with the Selati Pride and the young female was on the wrong end of the battle. This is a terrible blow to the pride whose numbers were already depleted. At least the adult female is an experienced hunter and assistance from the young males is mounting daily as they mature. As with last month, these lions were seen on occasion trailing the large herd of buffalo which has been passing through that area. Although the lions made a few attempts, the sub adults will need to gain more experience before they will be able to execute a kill of this nature.


July 2012

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4

1 ADULT FEMALE
3 CUBS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(2 sightings)

The first sighting of these lions was along our southern boundary as they had some downtime on Flat Rocks. The second sighting took place on the last day of the month on Sibuye Drive in western Charleston. Only the two young males were viewed, in close proximity to a herd a buffalo. The next day all four members were seen together still in the same area, still within sight of the buffalo. All the members seem to be in good shape, and the young males are growing to the extent that their tracks can be easily mistaken for those of a full-grown adult.


June 2012

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4

1 ADULT FEMALE 7 YEARS 6 MONTHS
3 CUBS 1 YEAR 2 MONTHS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (4 sighting)

A relatively good number of sightings where had of the Charleston pride this month. They were seen twice on the eastern bank of the Sand River in Charleston, once on the western bank and most recently in the heart of Charleston on a young giraffe kill. The young lioness is a most impressive specimen and has done an excellent job of protecting and providing for her three adopted cubs whose mother met her fate at the hands of the Selati pride. The future promises to be a difficult one for this pride.


May 2012

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4

1 ADULT FEMALE 7 YEARS 4 MONTHS
3 CUBS 1 YEAR 1 MONTH

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (1 sighting)

With only being seen once in the report period it is difficult to say how this pride is doing. The single lioness is doing an incredible job of keeping these three adopted cubs of hers going in this very difficult time of their development. They are in constant need of food as they are ever growing at just over a year old but are not yet able to participate in hunts. We will hopefully be able to keep a closer eye on these lions in the upcoming months as the river waters retreat the their prey lose condition.


April 2012

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4

1 ADULT FEMALE 7 YEARS 3 MONTHS
3 CUBS 1 YEAR

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


March 2012

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4

1 ADULT FEMALE 7 YEARS 2 MONTHS
3 CUBS 11 MONTHS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (1 sighting)

A single lioness and her cubs are all that remains of this pride after a run in with the Selati pride in January. They were seen on our southern most boundary in the company of the two Kruger males as well as a wildebeest kill.


February 2012

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 7

1 ADULT FEMALES 15 YEARS 6 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 7 YEARS 8 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 7 YEARS 1 MONTH
1 SUB ADULT FEMALE 2 YEARS 4 MONTHS
3 CUBS 10 MONTHS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


January 2012

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 7

1 ADULT FEMALES 15 YEARS 5 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 7 YEARS 7 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 7 YEARS
1 SUB ADULT FEMALE 2 YEARS 3 MONTHS
3 CUBS 9 MONTHS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


December 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 7

1 ADULT FEMALES 15 YEARS 4 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 7 YEARS 6 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 11 MONTHS
1 SUB ADULT FEMALE 2 YEARS 2 MONTHS
3 CUBS 8 MONTHS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


November 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 7

1 ADULT FEMALES 15 YEARS 3 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 7 YEARS 5 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 10 MONTHS
1 SUB ADULT FEMALE 2 YEARS 1 MONTH
3 CUBS 7 MONTHS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


October 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 7

1 ADULT FEMALES 15 YEARS 2 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 7 YEARS 4 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 9 MONTHS
1 SUB ADULT FEMALE 2 YEARS
3 CUBS 6 MONTHS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


September 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 7

1 ADULT FEMALES 15 YEARS 1MONTH
1 ADULT FEMALES 7 YEARS 3 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 8 MONTHS
1 SUB ADULT FEMALE 1 YEAR 11 MONTHS
3 CUBS 5 MONTHS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


August 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 7

1 ADULT FEMALES 15 YEARS
1 ADULT FEMALES 7 YEARS 2 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 7 MONTHS
1 SUB ADULT FEMALE 1 YEAR 10 MONTHS
3 CUBS 4 MONTHS

SOUTHERN CHARLESTON (3 sightings)

After not being seen for many many months, the pride showed themselves again in August. They were found on a large buffalo kill that they reportedly stole from the three sub-adult Eyrefield males. Never the less, the entire pride showed up to feed and we got to see the cubs for the first time. This pride has been taken over by the two Kruger males, who are also the cubs' fathers. Interesting to note was that the sub-adult female who is not yet two years old, is still with the pride and has been fully accepted by the two large males. Unlike when the Manyelethi males took over in the north, there was no bloodshed and she has lived a relatively peaceful life so far. The pride fed on the buffalo for two days, and then rested on the eastern bank of Calabash crossing on the third, before moving off MalaMala once again. Hopefully we will get to see more of this pride in the future, as the two males seem keen on moving more into central Charleston.


July 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4
1 ADULT FEMALES 14 YEARS 11 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 7 YEARS 1 MONTH
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 6 MONTHS
1 FEMALE CUB 21 MONTHS
SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride during the month.


 

June 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4
1 ADULT FEMALES 14 YEARS 10 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 7 YEARS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 5 MONTHS
1 FEMALE CUB 20 MONTHS
SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(0 sightings)
There were no sightings of this pride during the month.


 

May 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4
1 ADULT FEMALES 14 YEARS 9 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 6 YEARS 11 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 4 MONTHS
1 FEMALE CUB 19 MONTHS
SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(0 sightings)
There were no sightings of this pride during the month.


 

April 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4

1 ADULT FEMALES 14 YEARS 8 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 6 YEARS 10 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 3 MONTHS
1 FEMALE CUB 18 MONTHS
SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(0 sightings)
There were no sightings of this pride during the month.


 

March 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4

1 ADULT FEMALES 14 YEARS 7 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 6 YEARS 9 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 2 MONTHS
1 FEMALE CUB 17 MONTHS
SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride during the month.


 

January 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4

1 ADULT FEMALES 14 YEARS 6 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 6 YEARS 8 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 6 YEARS 1 MONTH
1 FEMALE CUB 16 MONTHS
SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride during the month.


January 2011

CHARLESTON PRIDE = 4

1 ADULT FEMALES 14 YEARS 4 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALES 6 YEARS 7 MONTHS
1 ADULT FEMALE 5 YEARS 11 MONTHS
1 FEMALE CUB 14 MONTHS
SOUTHERN CHARLESTON
(0 sightings)


There were no sightings of this pride during the month.




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