CLARENDON PRIDE

Archives: 2002 | 2003


December 2015

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

(1 sighting)

Once again these two males were only seen on one occasion during the month of December, towards the latter parts thereof. The arrival of the Matshapiri males, and more recently the Gowrie males during 2015, has resulted in the two Clarendon males keeping a rather low profile on MalaMala, thus they are mainly seen and not heard. They were seen in the company of two lionesses from the Marthly pride, who they have been reported seen mating with.


November 2015

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

(1 sighting)

The Clarendon males were seen on one occasion during November, in the last third of the month.


October 2015

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

(2 sightings)

Is it perhaps a coincidence that the number of sightings of the two Clarendon males were substantially lower during October, or perhaps the growing presence of the five young male lions from the north has caused the two Clarendon males to move off, and spend more time in a less threatening environment. They are truly displaying behaviour similar to April of this year, when the two male lions from the Matshapiri pride spent more time on the property, and the Clarendon males moved off for a while.

The two Clarendon males were seen a total of two times during October, the first of which was close to Piccadilly triangle - when they were found moving quite steadily westwards. It was not until a few minutes later and the discovery of the five young males from the north, that we understood the behaviour of these two. Over three weeks later, they were seen yet again during the last sighting of the month. They were found on a buffalo carcass which the lionesses from the Eyrefield pride had left, it was not freely available however - as the Treehouse male leopard had arrived on the scene prior to the two Clarendon males. Needless to say, the leopard took off when he saw the lions - these two finished off the kill, got up, moved back westward and were not seen again during October.


September 2015

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

(7 sightings)

Of the seven sightings, of the Clarendon males during September, two involved both of these males together. The first encounter found both of them close to Piccadilly triangle, this was the last time they were seen together for almost two weeks. The following day the larger maned male was seen once again in Piccadilly triangle, who then moved north and west towards the Mlowathi river, where he spent another two days. The last of which was in the company of a lioness. Over this period of time, the second Clarendon male was seen in Matshapiri open area, with the remains of a male wildebeest carcass, which we assume he had stolen form the Marthly pride. One of the sub-adult lionesses from the Styx pride was also in the area, from what we observed the Clarendon male made good work of protecting his free meal.

The second, and lat sighting of both of the Clarendon males together, during September, was on the 13th of the month, when both of them were seen together around Elephant Rock lookout. It was a brief visit, as both of them crossed over the Sand River, made their presence known in the area and as soon as they had appeared, they left - roaring as they did.

The last sighting of either of these two males, was of the smaller maned male - around the very western parts of Marthly. This sighting was brief, and it appeared as if the male was on the scent of something and quickly moved off into some thick reeds on the northern bank of the Sand River.


August 2015

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

(8 sightings)

A majority of the eight sightings of these two males, were in the latter parts of August. Five of which were of just these two males - moving around their territory and ensuring any potential competitors were well aware of their presence, by scent marking and roaring.

The remaining three sightings were in the company of members from the Styx pride; the first was with the four adult females, the second with these same four and the cubs from the pride during which they shared a buffalo carcass south of Matshapiri dam. The last sighting of these males, was on the 29th of the month where they were seen with three members of the Styx pride (the mother of the cubs, one of the cubs and one sub-adult lioness). There was definitely something going on, as there approach was stealthy and soon both of the males took turns in attacking the sub-adult lioness, who was clearly showing signs of submissiveness towards these large Clarendon males. This did not stop them, as we were witness to at least five of these encounters - although they none of them were fatal, the sub-adult definitely did not walk away unharmed, and was seen with some lacerations on her back.


July 2015

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

(10 sightings)
This impressive pair of male lions are becoming a regular feature on MalaMala, and no one is complaining at all. They were seen on ten occasions during July, eight of which were with members of the Styx pride. In addition to this, one such sighting involved the Clarendon males, an unknown pride of seven from the north as well as the Styx pride on a buffalo kill in the north eastern parts of the property. This was not the only buffalo carcass these two were seen on during the month, as they were seen a second time around the central parts of the Mlowathi River with seven members of the Styx pride.

In addition to the time spent on kills with the Styx pride during July, the two Clarendon males were also seen mating with one of the females - the prospect of increasing the size of the pride is an exciting one, especially now as the sub-adult male is no longer around, and the two, four and a half year old males have moved on.


June 2015

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

(6 sightings)

Twice as many sightings of these males, predominantly in the latter half of the month. They seem to be spending a majority of their time around the Mlowathi River and west into Marthly. Three of these six sightings, included the two young females from the Styx pride. The most out the ordinary sighting involving these two males, the two lionesses 13 cape hunting dogs and a land rover. A vehicle was parked at the cape hunting dog densite, when the peace was broken by a dog bark. Soon afterwards the two young Styx lionesses followed by the two Clarendon males sauntered past the den site, with an inquisitive sniff around the termite mound being used. These actions upset the cape hunting dogs and resulted in much commotion, and running as the canids lead the lions away from their puppies.


November 2008

2 Male lions from Clarendon (1 aged +/- 6 years 6 months, 1 aged +/- 7 years):
( 2 sightings)

The arrival of a new male coalition always makes for exiting times and, even though most of them end up moving on, there is always a chance that they might end up expanding their territories deeper into our property. We had two sightings of these pale lions (larger than average, both almost completely blonde - one still to develop some mane on his forehead) at Clarendon. One of these sightings involved them mating with a lioness from Gowrie (easily identified by her droopy bottom lip and seen frequently with her pride in and around Clarendon) and were seen to roar confidently on both occasions. Reports from Gowrie suggest that these lions have come into contact with the Eyrefield males before and have come out tops. No small feat. Believing such rumours or not, these lions have just entered their prime and we wait with baited breath to see where next they choose to move to.


August / September / October 2005

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5

5 ADULT LIONESSES

No sightings in August.


July 2005

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

After making a couple of appearances in the vicinity of Clarendon Dam in June, the Clarendon Pride lionesses were not seen at all on Mala Mala in July.


June 2005

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

For the first time in many months, members of the Clarendon Pride were seen. Three lionesses pitched up in the vicinity of Clarendon Dam, where there have been large numbers of zebra of late. One of them was an easily recognisable old lioness, light in colour and with a bad eye and a mangled ear. The other two lionesses seen with her appeared young and healthy. These lionesses were seen twice in successive days. On the first day, they were hunting around mid-morning, but they were seen by some zebra, and were not seen to catch anything. The next day, the lionesses appeared well fed, but one of them had a number of porcupine quills embedded in her face and chest.


May 2005

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

No sightings of any of these lionesses on Mala Mala for a few months.


January / February / March / April 2005

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

No sightings


May/ June/ July / August / September / October / November / December 2004

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

No sightings


April 2004

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

Three lionesses of the Clarendon Pride were seen this month, all quite young members of the Pride and including the female with the twisted tail.  At least one of them appeared to be lactating, but since they mostly spent their time sleeping in long grass, this wasn't very clear.

The lionesses were accompanied by a male lion, apparently not one of the Split Rock Males, the coalition which at one stage is thought to have controlled them.


August 2003 - March 2004

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

No sightings of this pride this month


July 2003

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

There was but a single sighting of this pride over this report-period, when all five lionesses were seen devouring an adult male warthog near the northeastern parts of Mala Mala.  A large male leopard, the Newington Male, which has a history of tangling with warthogs, was watching them from the safety of a nearby tree.  Chances are good that he was the catcher of the warthog and that the lions had stolen it from him.


May - June 2003

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

There were no encounters with the Clarendon Pride this month.


April 2003

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5

5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

Only two or three lionesses of the Clarendon Pride were seen this month, and all within a few days of one another around the carcass of a dead rhino.  This rhino had apparently been killed in a fight with another and presented the lions with a fine feast.

Amongst the lionesses was the one with the 'corkscrew' tail.  Accompanying them were two of the Split Rock Males.


March 2003

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

No members of this family were seen this month.


February 2003

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5
5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

The single sighting of the Clarendon Pride was at the very beginning of this game report period. They were with the three Split Rock Males, lying around one of the last productive waterholes in the area. Although the lions had full stomachs on this occasion, they had no flesh on their bones and were in poor condition. With little water and food in their area, game must be scarce and these lions cannot be having a good time.

What a difference from this time last year when two big groups of buffaloes were almost camping in their territory and these lions were regularly making kills.


January 2003

CLARENDON PRIDE = 5

5 ADULT LIONESSES

Location: NE EYREFIELD

Five of the lionesses of the Clarendon Pride were seen this month, together with the three Split Rock Males. The lions were towards the northeastern corner of the reserve and all were looking very thin. This has been the first sighting of any members of this family in many months. When last seen there were six lionesses, but one of the older ones could well have died over the last half-year. The area in which the Clarendon Pride lives is currently very dry and has had little rain this year and as a result game seems to be very scarce. Last year when the Clarendon Pride was seen regularly, also in this same area, they were constantly after buffaloes and other large items of prey which were then very plentiful. Time will tell as to whether these lions will stay put or head out and search for food in other areas.


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