Don't know where you spent Christmas this year, I don't suppose Jackie Turner really cares as she found herself almost knee-deep in cats of all sizes at Bush Camp. Lions with eyes still only half open and a suitably topical leaping leopard.
Over the last couple of weeks we have supported the wonderful Chris Packham & Paul Goldstein on their Exodus Travels "Even Wilder Night Out" tour raising funds for The Maa Trust rainwater harvest project.
Feline fisticuffs - Alpha male lion gets the treatment from this lioness after killing her cubs. This Big Cat fight captured by Paul Goldstein on his recent safari at Kicheche Bush Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy.
When the combined weight of knowledge from three veteran guides with over 100,000 game drives tells me a leopard has had her cubs within the last few days, I am inclined to believe them. The soft folds of fur near her tail confirm this as does her behavior. Fig’s well documented pregnancy is over.
In this week’s London Evening Standard there was a feature on the Mara’s nemesis: the Serengeti. Apart from some chintzy nonsense about jeweled salads and a farcical faunal faux pas about okapis butting horns (surely topis) it was none too shabby…
Too often awards are concocted, self-serving and cynical: ‘you advertise in our Bush Companion and we’ll give you a worthless accolade,’ or the winner is the one that garners the most solicited support on social media.