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Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:19:54 PM »
This topic is for photos / videos as of August 11, 2011 from the Gowrie Dam camera.  Please include the date and a description of the sighting.

Note: If you saw a posting of an interesting sighting /event on the cams Facebook page, please be sure to indicate and thank whoever took the photo.

You may also post any news (naming the source) and / or links to blogs with information related to Djuma Private Game Reserve (DPGR), including updates on the renovations around the Lodge and re-construction of the dam.

We are most grateful to and thank DPGR and Jurie and Pippa Moolman for all their time and effort to keep the drives alive and their blogs. Many thanks also to everyone at WildEarth for their time, effort and generosity in showing the drives (even in in the face of adversity) live to the world.  We are indebted to the many people who posted their photos here and in various Facebook groups including DPGR.  

All images and videos posted in this topic are gratefully acknowledged and we recognize the copyright Djuma Private Game Reserve (DPGR), WildEarth.tv, and all those who posted their own photos /vdeos for us to see.

Note:  as of May 27, 2012 with the link to the Waterhole cam is: http://lite.wildearth.tv/djuma-waterhole/

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NOTE: The date at the top of posts #32 - 42 inclusive do not reflect the actual date the photos were taken. To keep events in order, I have typed in the actual date they were taken.   A long story for which I apologize   :blush
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 04:35:13 PM »
January 7, 2012 ~ Some great news

Some great news on Djuma Private Game Reserve FB page from Tara:
https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_132401603483164&ap=1#!/djuma.game.reserve

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What a special day! I arrived back at Djuma late last night but managed to go out this afternoon and got to see Teddy with Floppy ears 2 as well as the lady Karula herself, along with her daughter, as they strolled down the road together! I will post a blog tomorrow with details and a couple of pictures! - Tara

She also posted on her Public and Private pages.  Whether she is guiding for Djuma or?  Stay tuned for her blog update at:
http://tara-pirie.blogspot.com/2011/12/life-in-2-extremes.html?mid=55

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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 05:08:09 PM »
Thanks, BBE.  Since Tara posted as Duma Private Game Reserve on their fb page...... I am assuming that she has been hired by them.  I sure hope that is so.  It will be wonderful to have her keeping us up to date on the animals' activities.  :heart :nod2
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 05:56:04 PM »
Great news about Tara, BBE!  She will be a real asset to the Djuma Game Reserve drives and the people who go there!  I'm happy to know that she also will be sharing in blog form!   :thumbup:
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2012, 06:40:18 PM »
Luv, one could 'assume' (which one should never do  :ecwink) that she has been hired by Djuma. However her post on DPGR doesn't say what she is doing.  We will have to wait and see what her blog says. Would be great for her if she has been hired to be a guide for their tourists. (last sentence just edite to be clearer).
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 03:18:51 PM »
Tara has posted on the Djuma site at:
http://www.djuma.com/2012/djuma-1-month-on/

Her second paragraph says
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I have no news to tell you all as yet about me, but hope to have in the next week or 2. I am at Djuma for a visit and thought everyone might appreciate hearing about the love of our lives while I was here, so without further ado here we go!

Tara has posted photos from her drive with Jacob, including Karula and Xivindzi (I've almost forgotten how to spell the latter :eclol), zebra, giraffe, impalas, young wildebeest calf, a pair of Egyptian Geese and - - -  there is a crocodile there too.   Maybe we could send the latter to Mashatu to cut down on the catfish population  :question

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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 01:00:09 AM »
Sad News Related to Leopards

On January 11, 2012 (CAT) Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge reported:
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Also it was decided that both Safari and Mafufunyane have in all likelihood passed on. A very sad day indeed and the end of a era!
Safari had not been seen since the end of October 2011. Mafufunyane health had reportedly been declining aince Oct. 2011, and had not been since early December.

This is indeed the end of an era and the matriarch and patriarch of a dynasty.

Safari (the leopard who was blind in her right eye) was Karula's mother, therefore the grandmother of Karula's three sets of twins.
https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=290372114151

It is widely accepted that Mafufunyane is Karula's father.

Video: says it was posted in 2010.  I remember reading about it sometime before then when I first watched it and figured the twins might be the girls. ?
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Mr2yCYf_M" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Mr2yCYf_M</a>

Mafufunyane Male Leopard: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=240346739518
was 13 years old. The 'Saseka' referred to in the 6th paragraph under the photos is not Karula's daughter by the same name.

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In 2004, Safari bore two female cubs also believed to be sired by Mafufunyane, Karula and Tshemba/Tsemba. Tshemba was reportedly killed by lions or another leopard in 2006. Karula continues to be territorial in the Gowrie/Djuma area to this day and is raising her second set of cubs. Karula's first set of female cubs are thought to have been fathered by Mafufunyane as well.

So perhaps that is why we saw Mafufunyane with Mixo in 2011. He came to see his grandson Xiviambalana in Nov. and looked unwell.

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On Dec 20, 2011, MalaMala reported: " he is in very poor condition with severe mange and looks to be on his last legs. he can hardly walk but did just manage to eat a tortoise."
 and had not been seen since.

Video - I remember watching this 'Last Drive Sighting of Mafufunyane Male Leopard - Nov 10, 2011
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyiaCc4enj8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyiaCc4enj8</a>


Addendum: In the pictures and text from Chitwa Chitwa blog they talked about a posted a photo of two 'new leopards'. One is called 'Tingana'. This is a male leopard.  
The 'Tingana' we know is female and the twin sister of 'Saseka' (Karula's first born twins).  All guides except those at Djuma have referred to Karula's daughters as 'Shadow' (Tingana) and 'Thandi' (Saseka).  Rexon was the guide who found the girls after they were born and so named them. I can't recall back then if all the guides in the area had a say (as they do now) or not.

We enjoyed watching these two and they will be remembered with great admiration and love of their spirit.

 :ecsad
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 06:26:57 AM »
I was wondering if they ever consider treating the wild animals as something like mange can be treated?
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012, 09:45:05 AM »
My understanding is that at Djuma and the other game reserves, it is Strictly observation. Nature is completely left to take it's course. The only time there is any intervention is when the problem is caused by humans, such as poaching injuries, being hit by vehicles, caught in fences, etc.
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2012, 10:28:34 AM »
 Thank you for the information, DizzyMom.
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2012, 11:28:46 AM »
Dizzymom, your answer re treating Mafufunyane's mange is absolutely correct. Thank you.
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2012, 04:05:11 PM »
I've been snooping around my African websites and have some show and tell for anyone who checks in here:   :ecsmile

Posts continue on Safari's FB page.  Many folks are posting photos from drives of from those lucky enough to see her while on a drive.  Here are two:


Taken by Anthony Roberts @Nkorho 2002 posted by BBE2009, on Flickr


Taken by Bob Cooper @Sabi Sands April 2009 posted by BBE2009, on Flickr

Also someone found 'banditt066's video of Safari; from the Sept. 14, 2008 drive with Pieter Pretorious. Pieter explained that Rexon (guide at Djuma) said the injury to Safari's eye was caused when she was in a fight with a big male leopard named Xivati in 2001/02.

Back on January 8th I posted that a crocodile has made its domicile at Gowrie Dam.  Here is a set of photos taken since it arrived. That is one big croc   :chuckle    :eceek

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.233627116712853.55351.187498941325671&type=3
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2012, 04:31:40 PM »
Mufufunyane:  

The spelling of his name is like 'how do you pronounce 'tomato' :eclol  'Mufufunyane' and others like WE (and hence the way I spell it) Mafufunyane
 :eclol

Regardless. more photos from over the years being posted. Including an album by Bob Cooper, which a wonderful.  I am wondering if these are a compliation of photos he may have taken when he went to Sabi Sands? ?. I have asked him just that.
 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.356578721035007.102889.100000486451041&type=1


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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2012, 11:50:25 PM »
Bob Cooper did post a reply to my question as to whether he took all the photos in the album in my previous post.  
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These photos are all taken by me when I was at Arathusa in 2009.2010.2011.

How lucky was he to see Mafufunyane on three trips  :biggrin6

Arathusa Lodge is also in Sabi Sands.  

I have copied the top right section of the map of Sabi Sands found in the first opening post of this topic.  It shows the location of the reserves where most of the areas are that we have heard about in the past year.


Small version of Sabi Sands map by BBE2009, on Flickr

1. Top right = Djuma
2. Under Djuma = left to right = Elephant Plains, Arathusa, Chitwa Chitwa and Nkorho
3. Under list for 2. =  Londolozi and MalaMala

Links:

http://www.arathusa.co.za/location.htm

http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/01/
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Re: Djuma's Waterhole Cam Sights and News: Aug. 2011 -
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2012, 10:46:12 PM »
Major flooding and wash outs in Sabi Sands and Kruger National Park (KNP) over past 2 or so days.   Lost my post - so here goes again.

In Sabi Sands area:
Djuma - the Gowrie Dam has been washed away. Too much water to be contained and the dam gave way.  Jurie, Pippa and staff are apparently OK.   I hope all the animals were able to reach higher ground.
http://www.djuma.com/2012/floods/

KNP reports from:
http://www.news24.com/Multimedia/MyNews24/Kruger-National-Park-is-flooding-20120118-2
Many of the gates are being closed.

Video:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI7YQe1RGZM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI7YQe1RGZM</a>

Tara is there somewhere with two friends, but she posted almost a day ago.
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Tara Pirie:
Hi everyone! I am well enjoying the park with Penny and Joe! had wonderful sightings of big 7! The cyclone that hit Mozambique has hit hard here at Kruger so rain none stop for at least a day and half! I'll write a blog when I get back and I have news on what I will be doing with my life! See you next week with more details

Limpopo river (Hoedspruit) is flooding:
 http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/All-out-rescue-in-flood-stricken-Limpopo-20120118#.TxenyBz98sw.facebook

Chitwa Chitwa: from Monday CAT:
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Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge (on FB)
Last night we saw the 2 Nkuhuma male lions - roaring, Ntima resting, an Elephant herd, a mating pair of Giraffe and the 2 male Cheetah. This morning was quiet exciting - the Tsalala's are back in town, with BB - the sub adults are healthy but BB has 2 large gashes on her front right foot and is limping badly, however she still looks in good condition and the wound is starting to heal over and is very clean. We also saw 3 Rhino resting, 2 Elephant herds and a small herd of Buffalo bulls.

From Wed. morning CAT
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The rain is still falling as strong as ever there was no game drive this evening and there will be none tomorrow. The dam at Chitwa is overflowing and the river that is flowing into it is flowing so strongly its carrying massive Marula trees into the dam its a amazing but rather worrying sight! The crocodiles are also having a field day with the small catfish that are being washed into the dam and are sitting at the in flow with mouths open catching all the fish!

Other people we know:
  • Marc sent someone a text message saying his house (?where) is high JohannesburgSeb is still in Johannesberg.
  • Eugene is in Capetown.

P.S. News Flash :Update from KNP re weather

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Cape Town - The SA Weather Service (Weather SA) said on Wednesday that heavy rainfalls will ease on Thursday in Limpopo following floods in the Kruger National Park region.
Weather SA's Elizabeth Webster told News24 that there was a 60% chance of rain for Limpopo on Thursday and it was "unlikely" that the heavy rains would persist.  
The service said in almost 48 hours 120mm of rain was measured at Phalaborwa, and 270mm at Hoedspruit.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Respite-for-flooded-Kruger-Park-20120118

Holding thumbs, crossing eyes, fingers and legs and sending up prayers for all the people and animals.

 :eclove
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