Hello Bomites - long time no see!! Just to get you all drooling a little - This time next week I will be in South Africa and on my way to Djuma and to Tintswalo. Those of you that know me - know that my daughter Helen - (was the virtual ranger on Africam for a number of years) is the head ranger at Tintswalo Lodge - and she is getting married on the 8th July - so off to the wedding!! Just the long flights between Vancouver and Joburg and then the adventure starts. I will lift a glass of champagne to all you Bomites while I sit on the deck at Vuyatelas. Take care and love to you all. Dean
Greetings to you all.
Congratulations to Helen on her impending marriage - I wish her and her new husband a long and happy union and I wish you, bushnut, lots of wonderful, bushwise, grandkids!
I heard that he was displaced as the dominant leopard from Djuma a couple of years ago, moved away and was eventually, and unfortunately, shot although I cannot now remember why, or from whom I heard this story.
Xivati was very special to me as I had a VERY up-close and personal encounter with him whilst I was sitting on the tracker seat of the game drive vehicle at eco-training and I am fortunate enough to have been given a couple of fantastic poster-size pictures of him, taken, and given to me, by Arnoud Quanjer who is a great wildlife photographer (and a lovely person!) later that year.
I treasure these pictures greatly as I was not able to take any myself at the time because I was in a very vulnerable position and had to sit very still in order not to provoke any reaction from Xivati!
Bushnut...It would be really nice if you send us a report about leopards at vuya ...Perhaps you remember ...... I was a fan of these wonderful cats
Katja thanks for this wonderful picture of one tusk
One Tusk sent to Limpopo was all that i had heard. And i hadn't heard that he died. That is so sad, I am so sorry to hear that!. I had only heard that he was sent to Limpopo, but where in Limpopo ? i never heard. Needed older wiser bulls there?
and before Xiavati, the long-reigning Three Spot!!?
Thanks a lot, bushnut!
I didn't know that One Tusk had died.
When you are in Vuya, maybe you will hear if the female leopard Xisiwane is still around. I saw her 3 years ago, and Helen and I talked about her 2 years ago.
As far as I know I have never seen Mafufanyane. Xivati was the dominant male in the Vuya area last time I was there...
Have a wonderful stay at Djuma and Tintswalo!
Hi Katja - One Tusk was relocated - but died soon after - so sad. I think he went to Phinda. Hope to see Nyaleti - Mafufanyane's duaghter - that we saw only a few weeks old while at Ecotraining 3 years ago - saw her last time I was at Vuyas. Will post the info when I get back.
Lucky you! I have just returned from SA and miss the bush terribly.
Please give Helen and her future husband my best.
I love the pics of One Tusk. They bring back lots of memories. I had a close encounter with him at the EcoTraining camp in 2000.
I seem to remember he got relocated. Does anyone know where to?
Elaine, do you remember?
And of course - a Beautiful BC Greeting to you! I do wish you the best for your trip. The wedding will be wonderful. We must get together when you return.
:oops: :oops: Oops, lol, I got distracted and you came back, keeping pretty well here, and from what I read above, you are, too, good for you! Say Hi to the folks at Vuya for me, you know who!
Thanks Lloyd - really looking forward to the trip - how are you keeping - I see you are pretty active and busy with your pics. Take cre. Dean
Wow, my friend, good to see you on the Boma, I'm just back in d\ling pics and there you are! ((((((HUGZ)))) Give my best to Helen and soon to be hubby!