MARTHLY PRIDE
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September 2014

MARTHLY: 7
(4 sightings)

The Marthly pride made a late appearance this month with the pride being seen for the first time on the 22nd. They were seen for the next three days around the junction of River Road Mvubu and tracked to Matumi rocks as they killed a buffalo at that position on the night of the 23rd. They were joined by three of the Manyelethi males on the 24th. The last time they were viewed in September was on the 25th when they were accompanied by only one of the Manyelethi males at the decaying buffalo carcass.


July 2014

MARTHLY: 7
(5 sightings)

The Marthly pride was seen on 5 different occasions during July. They spent most of the month to the North and West of our property where there is ample territory for them to occupy. Despite reports, we do not believe that the tailless lioness gave birth as she was seen with the rest of her pride on all accounts. If she did give birth to cubs, then they most likely did not survive.


June 2014

MARTHLY: 7
(2 sightings)

There were two sightings of the Marthly Pride in June. They spent most of the month to the north and west of our borders where there is ample territory for them to occupy. The entire pride was seen twice early on in the month, around Jeremias Loop on the 4th and then at Manyelethi Crossing on the 12th . We havn’t received any reports of the tailess lioness’s apparent cubs as of yet and we await to see if she has given birth and wether the cubs are still alive.


May 2014

MARTHLY: 7
(0 sightings)

There were no sightings of the Marthly Pride in May. They spent most of the month to the north and west of our borders where there is ample territory for them to occupy. We havn’t received any reports of the tailess lioness’s apparent cubs as of yet and we await to see if she has given birth and wether the cubs are still alive. We are sure that they will return back to Marthly in the near future. Reports indicate that all the lions are in good condition.


April 2014

MARTHLY: 7
(4 sightings)

There were four sightings of the Marthly Pride in April. We received information that the tailess lioness had given birth to cubs in the early parts of last month and we await any more future reports regarding the number and sex of these cubs. The full compliment of the pride was seen on the 8th around Elephant Rock. They were next seen on the 17th in the Manyelethi River in the absense of the young lioness. The cubs were then seen on their own in the Manyelethi River on the following day and then again on the 21st slightly further west of their previous position. The cubs are all looking really good and we wait to see if the new litter will be able to thrive under the protection of the pride and the Manyelethi Males.


March 2014

MARTHLY: 7
(0 sightings)

There were no sightings of the Marthly Pride in March. We received information that the tailess lioness had given birth to cubs in the early parts of the month. They were heard roaring a few times from Main Camp and could be looking to make sure that the Marthly-Breakaway pride keeps there distance as they attempt to rear their new litter. All time was spent west of our boundary.


February 2014

MARTHLY: 7
(4 sightings)

There were four sightings of the Marthly Pride in February. They were seen once with two of the Manyelethi Males on Euphorbia Dr on the 21st. We believe that the tailless lioness is pregnant and could have given birth sometime during the month. She would be keeping them west of our boundary possibly in the Manyelethi or Sand Rivers. Reports indicate that all four cubs are healthy and developing well. The lionesses have been heard roaring quite frequently and we believe that they are putting pressure on their relatives in the Marthly –Breakaway Pride, pushing them further west and providing a haven for their cubs to develop. The Manyelethi Males have been spending most of their time with these two prides. The two lionesses were seen with the cubs on two occasion and on their own once. The sub-adult lioness was seen once with the pride. She is slowly gaining acceptance from the Manyelethi Males, and the presence of these Males could lead her to temporarily leave the pride to aviod abuse.


January 2014

MARTHLY: 7
(1 sightings)

There was just a single sighting of the Marthly Pride this month. The lionesses were found at Elephant Rock in south-eastern Marthly on the 11th. We believe that their relatives in the Marthly-Breakaway Pride have shifted further south giving the Marthly Pride more space north of the Sand River to inhabit.  Reports indicate that the four cubs are doing well and are in good condition and that the sub-adult female is further gaining acceptance from the Manyelethi Males.

 


December 2013

MARTHLY: 7
(5 sightings)

There were five confirmed sightings of the Marthly Pride during December. Four of the five sightings were of the three lionesses and four cubs with the lionesses found on their own on one occasion. Most sightings were west of Stwise and they were found around Main Camp on one occasion. The sub-adult female is in good condition and looks to gaining acceptance from the Manyelethi Males. The Dark-mained Manyelethi Male was seen with the pride on one occasion. All the four cubs are looking strong and healthy.

 


 

November 2013

MARTHLY: 7
(6 sightings)

There were six confirmed sightings of the Marthly Pride during November. Most sightings occurred near Stwise. We believe the mother lioness was keeping the cubs on Stwise itself. Only two of the seven sightings included the cubs. Other sightings consisted of only the two lionesses. The sub adult female was seen once with the two lionesses. Reports suggest all four cubs are strong and healthy. At the end of the month, the pride fed on a hippo in the Sand River just west of our boundary.

 


 

October 2013

MARTHLY: 7
(13 sightings)

There were thirteen confirmed sightings of the Marthly Pride during October. Rangers, once again, worked the western parts of Marthly, tracking the lioness with her cubs. Tracks were seen heading east and west through Parrafin Drift. One morning, ranger Daniel Fincham found a lioness crossing the Sand River northwards at Matumi Rocks with a young cub in the soft grip of her mouth. Finally, as expected, the Marthly cubs were revealed to us after waiting patiently for weeks. There are four beautiful young cubs all looking healthy and with loads of energy.

A day later, rangers followed up on vultures near the water purification plant and found the three lionesses with the four cubs as well as the dark-maned Manyelethi Male feeding off the remains of an adult male waterbuck. It was a tricky approach to view the lions, but all the guests were able to see the little ones playing and suckling out in the open. This was the first time that all of the cubs were observed properly.

Two days later the lionesses walked the cubs down to the Sand River in front of Camp. We viewed them on the Eastern Ramp of the Causeway for the rest of the day. The next morning the seven lions were found on an adult male kudu kill at Sandpit Crossing. The setting was perfect for viewing the lions as

they played and fed. Twice or three times a day, the mother of the cubs would carry them down to the river for drink. The cubs would play in the water course while the mother tried to dunk or clean them. It provided for fantastic photographic viewing. All who were lucky enough to witness these sightings made the most of taking in every second of this natural beauty.

It was interesting to note the hostile interaction between the mother of the cubs and the sub adult female. When the sub adult came near the cubs or attempted to feed on the carcasses she would get viciously attacked or chased off by the mother. The cubs were very nervous of this aggression and would scamper off before hesitantly making their way back. The sub adult female did feed but only when the mother of the cubs was a good distance away or fast asleep.


September 2013

MARTHLY: 5
(10 sightings)

There were ten confirmed sightings of the Marthly Pride during September. Rangers worked the western parts of Marthly tracking the lioness with her cubs. Tracks were often followed east and west through Parrafin Drift. The lionesses were most often found lying on the track west of Bicycle Crossing utilising the area as an ambush zone to prey species frequenting the water course.

The pride killed a male Kudu in the Sand River just north of the Ngoboswan Donga. The lioness who was pregnant and currently lactating left the pride late that afternoon and walked right back through Marthly and over the Marthly Marthly Break. We assume she went straight to feed her cubs. By first thing the next morning she had returned to the kill sight to eat again.

One morning the tailless lioness and the sub adult female were on a fast walk eastwards past elephant rock. The two lions kept looking back as if they were being followed. Ranger Ross Forbes looped back to investigate. Hot on the girls heels were three Manyelethi Males. It appeared the lionesses were trying to evade the males as they only stopped to lay down once the males had given up their pursuit. The males litter tolerance towards the sub adult. She suffers undeserved blows particularly when feeding.
We expect to see the lioness’s cubs on October.


August 2013

MARTHLY: 5
(7 sightings)

There were seven confirmed sightings of the Marthly Pride during August. The eleven year old lioness who we assume to have cubs has not yet revealed her youngsters. We still have strong reason to believe she is keeping them in the Manyelethi River around Paraffin Drift.

It was very sad to hear reports from our neighbours stating that the eldest lioness of the pride, fourteen years and eleven months old, is dead. Rangers located the lioness carcass several weeks ago after she had been missing from the pride.

The sudden loss leaves the pride in a tricky situation with only two adult lionesses and one sub adult female remaining.

The cubs could hold the key to the future of this pride.


July 2013

MARTHLY: 5
(6 sightings)

There were six confirmed sightings of the Marthly Pride in July. Seeing the pride more regularly enabled us to finalise an updated composition. The eldest lioness is 14 years and 11 months old and has no tail. There are two younger lionesses at 11 years of age. One is tailless and the other has recently given birth to cubs. The last member of the pride is a sub adult female at 2 years and 4 months old. The reports which suggested that there was a 4 month old cub never materialised. Therefore we presume the cub is dead. The knowledge we have regarding the new cubs is that the lioness is keeping them in the Manyelthi River just east of the Marthly Marthly break. It is an area that is inaccessible by vehicles so we will have to play the waiting game.

The lions killed two impala in one evening on Jeremiahs Loop just north of MalaMala Main Camp. On the first day of the month they killed a male bushbuck next to the managers house. The new road, Jeremiahs Loop, has given us access to an area the pride patrols regularly. It will enable to follow their movements more closely.


June 2013

MARHTLY PRIDE
(1 sightings)

There was one confirmed sighting of the Marthly pride in June.


May 2013

MARHTLY PRIDE
(2 sightings)

There were two confirmed sightings of members of the Marthly Pride during May. Four lionesses were seen in Sand River, west of Bicycle Crossing. A long distance visual made it difficult to identify the individuals; however two of the lionesses were tail-less. There has been no recorded sighting of the three month old cub over the last few months, we presume the deceased.


April 2013

MARHTLY PRIDE
(4 sightings)

Different members of the Marthly pride were seen on four occasions. On the first occasion we believe we saw the eldest lioness with one of the two sub adult females. The two lions approached a pack of seventeen cape hunting dogs that were finishing the remains of a morning kill.

Weeks later, the two Marthly lionesses of ten years and nine months old were found near Bicycle Crossing Hippo Pools with the dark mane Manyelethi male. The three lions were found the following day at Campbell Koppies. It seemed the dark maned Manyelethi male was intent on mating. However, there were no reports of copulation. After the male left later that day, the lionesses killed a male impala on lion loop.

A ranger witnessed the asphyxiation. During a night patrol, rangers came across two lionesses to the east of the firebreak of Gowrie Trust road. The rangers were unable to confirm identification, however it may have been one of the two pairs of lionesses from the Marthly pride.

There were no confirmed recorded sightings of any cubs or other members of the pride during April.


March 2013

MARHTLY PRIDE
(0 sightings)

No sightings for the month of March. It is believed that the two sub adults have gone missing. There is some good news that one of the females has given birth to a new cub.


Febraury 2013

MARHTLY PRIDE
(3 sightings)

All three sightings of this pride consisted of only two adult lionesses. They were found with a zebra kill in the vicinity of Stwise and were seen on three consecutive days feeding from the carcass. The remainder of the pride did not join them at the kill.


January 2013

MARHTLY PRIDE
(2 sightings)

All four of these lions were seen in the northern extremeties of the property. On another occasion we recorded one of the adult females that still has a tail around Elephant Rock. The Marthly pride endured some hardships in 2012. Hopefully they can enjoy a successful 2013.


December 2012

MARHTLY
(2 sightings)

The Marthly pride was viewed on two occasions, once around Elephant Rock and another near the Old Airstrip. Both times a member of the Manyelethi coalition was in attendance. We caught a surprise during Christmas time when two of the lionesses showed up in pursuit of some waterbuck in front of the Main Camp in full view of lookers on viewing from the deck!


November 2012

There were no sightings of this pride in November. Reports suggest that the youngest cub belonging to the old tailless lioness has gone missing and can be presumed dead. This is a tragic loss for the pride and it remains to be seen if she will be able to produce another litter at her age.


September & October 2012

MARTHLY PRIDE = 6
3 ADULT FEMALES
2 SUB ADULT FEMALES
1 CUB

MARTHLY
(September: 1 sighting)
(October: 1 sighting)

Just the one sighting for each month of the Marthly Pride. The sighting in September was of particular interest. A female buffalo had died of natural causes at Picadilly Triangle. The Princess Alice Pans male leopard was the first to find the free meal which he enjoyed before being chased off by the Airstrip male leopard! Then, it was the turn of all four of the Manyelethi males to arrive on the scene and the Airstrip male hung around for a while before he gave up. Three lionesses from the Marthly pride then joined the Manyelethi males and finished the carcass. We have seldom recorded the Marthly pride being seen in this area and it was unusaul that they had ventured this distance. Perhaps they drew confidence with the Manyelethi male’s presence. Another encounter with the Styx pride was on the cards as this region falls within their core territroy, but the Styx pride were futher north and we are there was no confrontation. The last time these prides squabled over a meal, the youngest member of the Styx pride was killed.


August 2012

MARTHLY PRIDE = 6
1 ADULT FEMALE
2 ADULT FEMALES
3 CUBS

MARTHLY
(0 sightings)


July 2012

MARTHLY PRIDE = 12
3 ADULT FEMALES
4 SUB ADULT FEMALES
5 CUBS

MARTHLY
(1 sighting)

It was at Paraffin Drift that we got our only viewing of the Marthly pride this month. Only four members were present at the scene – two of the lionesses, as well as two sub-adults. They all seem to still be in good condition.

June 2012

MARTHLY PRIDE = 12

3 ADULT FEMALES UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB ADULT FEMALES 3 YEARS 2 MONTH
4 CUBS 1 YEAR 4 MONTHS
1 CUB 1 YEAR

MARTHLY (0 sightings)

There were no sightings during the report period.


May 2012

MARTHLY PRIDE = 12

3 ADULT FEMALES UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB ADULT FEMALES 3 YEARS 1 MONTH
4 CUBS 1 YEAR 3 MONTHS
1 CUB 11 MONTHS

MARTHLY (0 sightings)

There were no sightings during the report period.


April 2012

MARTHLY PRIDE = 12

3 ADULT FEMALES UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB ADULT FEMALES 3 YEARS
4 CUBS 1 YEAR 2 MONTHS
1 CUB 10 MONTHS

MARTHLY (0 sightings)

There were no sightings during the report period.


March 2012

MARTHLY PRIDE = 12

3 ADULT FEMALES UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB ADULT FEMALES 2 YEARS 11 MONTHS
4 CUBS 1 YEAR 1 MONTH
1 CUB 9 MONTHS

MARTHLY (0 sightings)

There were no sightings during the report period.



February 2012

MARTHLY PRIDE = 12

3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 10 MONTHS
4 CUBS 1 YEAR
1 CUB 8 MONTHS

MARTHLY (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.



January 2012

MARTHLY PRIDE = 12

3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 10 MONTHS
4 CUBS 1 YEAR
1 CUBS 8 MONTHS

MARTHLY (1 sighting)

The Marthly pride was seen only once this month. Two days into the New Year they were located around Track to Matumi Rocks, on western Marthly.


December 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 15

3 ADULT FEMALES UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 9 MONTHS
4 CUBS 11 MONTHS
4 CUBS 7 MONTHS

MARTHLY (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


November 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 15

3 ADULT FEMALES UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 8 MONTHS
4 CUBS 10 MONTHS
4 CUBS 6 MONTHS

MARTHLY (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


October 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 15

3 ADULT FEMALES UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 7 MONTHS
4 CUBS 9 MONTHS
4 CUBS 5 MONTHS

MARTHLY (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


September 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 15

3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 6 MONTHS
4 CUBS 8 MONTHS
4 CUBS 4 MONTHS

MARTHLY (0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride for the month.


August 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 15

3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 5 MONTHS
4 CUBS 7 MONTHS
4 CUBS 3 MONTHS

MARTHLY (1 sighting)

There was only one sighting of some of the pride members this month. The two separated females were seen with some of the Manyelethi males at Paraffin drift one morning. They looked to be fit and healthy and reports are that the cubs are doing very well too.



July 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 10
3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 4 MONTHS
4 CUBS UNKNOWN AGES

MARTHLY
(2 sightings)

On the very first day of the report period we saw the pride's new cubs (sired by the Manyelethi males). The lioness with no tail and the four sub-adult cubs are still hiding out to our far north and west. Unfortunatelywith the Manyelethi males around the chances of seeing them are very slim. The second sighting we had of the pride was of the two lionesses hunting buffalo in Marthly. Nothing came of that though.



June 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 6
3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 3 MONTHS
MARTHLY
(2 sightings)

There were only two sightings of this pride during the month. It's the first time we've seen them since February, and it's believed they have two sets of cubs. The one sighting was of two lionesses and four of the older cubs, while the second sighting was of one lioness. Both sightings were in the same area around Paraffin Drift. There has been a lot of sign of lion activity in the area with lots of tracks and a carcass of a young adult buffalo, however it was only towards the end of the month that we saw these lions. Perhaps this could herald the start of many more sightings to come.



May 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 6
3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 2 MONTHS
MARHTLY
(0 sightings)
There were no sightings of this pride during the month.


 

April 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 6
3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS 1 MONTH
MARHTLY
(0 sightings)
There were no sightings of this pride during the month.


 

March 2011


MARTHLY PRIDE = 6
3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 2 YEARS
MARHTLY
(0 sightings)

There were no sightings of this pride during the month.

 


 

February 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 6
3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB FEMALES 23 MONTHS
MARHTLY
(4 sightings)

Lions from the Marthly pride were only seen on four occasions during this report period. All four occasions had a lioness mating with one of the Manyelethi males. At one sighting there were two lionesses but the second one promptly moved south into the Sand River. The one left behind mated with the present Manyelethi male. We remain hopeful that sightings of this pride will increase during the year as they fully accept the Manyelethi male.

 


January 2011

MARTHLY PRIDE = 8
3 ADULT FEMALE UNKNOWN AGES
4 SUB ADULTS 21 MONTHS
MARHTLY

(8 sightings)
There was one single sighting of one of the Marthly lionesses with two small cubs in the rocky area south of Stwise. It was very far off and an approach was deemed impossible as the terrain is very tough there. The sighting was at the beginning of the report period and for the remainder of the month there was no further sign of them. One of the other lionesses in the pride was seen mating with the Manyelethi males on several occasions. Otherwise the surviving cubs from the Mlowathi males tenure were not seen during the report period.

 


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