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The lions eating and lying around a red hartebeest carcass just outside the boma out of which they have been released. Photo by Fay Ludick.
MZNP lion (1)
LION RELEASED IN MOUNTAIN
ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK
CRADOCK
Three lion were released into Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock in the Eastern Cape for the first time today, becoming the first free-roaming lions in the area after an absence from the area of over 130 years.
The lone lioness was sourced from Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West, while the two males were brought in from Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo. The female has been resident in the Park’s boma since February, while the two males arrived earlier this month – allowing them to acclimatise to their new surroundings, and each other, before their release.
Park Manager, Megan Taplin, says the decision to introduce lion into the Park was mainly for biodiversity reasons. “Lions would have occurred here historically and it is SANParks policy to reintroduce the wildlife species which would have occurred in an area before hunting or habitat loss forced them to local extinction in earlier centuries. They will also occupy the niche of large predator in the ecosystem, keeping the numbers of larger herbivores in the Park in check,” said Taplin.
The three were released from the Park’s boma this morning, as the third predator species in the Park – after the introduction of cheetah in 2007 and brown hyena in 2008. “SANParks took the decision to allow cheetah to first establish themselves in the Park before introducing lion which may compete with the cheetah for food. The numbers of large herbivores such as black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland and gemsbok have now reached levels deemed sufficient to support lion,” Taplin said.
The lion are collared so that Park Management can monitor them in the first few months or years after release and so that rangers and researchers can observe what habitats they use and which species they prey on. Taplin says this will enable them to measure the lions’ impact on prey species and determine if more should be introduced in future.
Lion often explore the extent of the Park soon after release before establishing themselves in the areas where they have the most success hunting. “On release into a new area, lion often prey on a variety of species before settling down. However, we predict that they will prey mostly on species such as black wildebeest and kudu,” said Taplin.
Cheetah tracking and guided walks will continuing, led by the Park’s knowledgeable guides who are trained to walk in Big Five areas. The fencing of the two picnic sites inside the game viewing area was completed in preparation for the lions’ arrival. The Park is already enclosed with predator-proof fencing, which was erected prior to the release of cheetah in 2007.
Apart from their biodiversity value, the introduction of the lion will add to Mountain Zebra’s tourism value – offering visitors a new species to look out for in the Park. “I think it will be wonderful to hear lion roaring at right – nothing beats that sound,” Taplin concluded.

 

Die Castle Lager Oos-Kaap Biltongfees, wat jaarliks op Somerset-Oos aangebied word, se mediabekendstelling het verlede Donderdag onder groot belangstelling in Port Elizabeth plaasgeving. Op bostaande foto verskyn van links Marjorie Scott (BCRM Burgemeester), Johan Steyn (SAB Borg), Marette Liddell (Feeskoördineerder), Phillip Krantz (SAB Borg) en Riaan van Jaarsveld (SAB Borg).
Biltongfees 2013

OPWINDENDE WINTER-

FAMILIEPRET OP PAD

Propvol biltong-geïnspireerde aktiwiteite, die 23ste Castle Lager Oos-Kaap Biltongfees gaan op 12 en 13 Julie 2013 die harte van elke familielid warm laat klop
In die middel van die winter is alles koud en somber …. behalwe vir die vuurwarm gebeure in Somerset-Oos, ‘n sonderlinge dorpie in die hartjie van die Oos-Kaap. Maak seker om die jaar die Blue Crane Route-munisipaliteit vanaf 12 – 13 Julie te besoek vir die onvergeetlike 23ste Castle Lager Oos-Kaap Biltongfees vir ‘n unieke ervaring wat die harte (en mae) sal verwarm. Dié fees beloof om alle tekens van winter-verdriet in ‘n japtrap te verdryf.
Kunstenaars soos Zahara, MiCasa, Theuns Jordaan en Karlien van Jaarsveld maak die jaar hul verskyning op die Castle Lager-verhoog. Hierdie outentieke Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaars, asook Adam Tas en sy orkes, Emo Adams en sy orkes, Khaya, Jay, Snotkop en Bongi gaan die Karoo aan die brand steek met hul unieke klanke – ‘n fees wat beslis nie die winter misgeloop moet word nie.
Saam met die bogenoemde kunstenaars wat jou beslis sal oorreed om jou hande te klap en voete te wikkel, maak die fees hom ook gereed vir ‘n paar smaakvolle aktiwiteite wat die smaakknoppies sal laat sing. Een van die aktiwiteite sluit in ‘n kaas, wyn-en-biltong proe-sessie op 12 Julie aangebied deur die Blue Crane Ontwikkelingsagentskap by hulle Toeriste Hub. Nog ‘n aktiwiteit, ‘n geborgde Gholfdag, vind plaas op 13 Julie by die Somerset-Oos Gholfklub. By die feesterrein kan feesgangers aan ‘n potjiekoskompetisie deelneem en na ‘n Beste-proe Biltongkompetisie uitsien.
Indien jou kookvaardighede nie jou sterkpunt is nie, is daar altyd die fees se ‘Fly Fishing’-kompetisie wat dalk reg in jou kraal sal pas. Die fees spog verder met `n gesellige biertent en meer as 200 stalletjies vir almal om te geniet, waar feesgangers van biltong in alle vorme en geur, nuwe uitvindsels, klere en peuselhappies sal vind. Popsie die Nar en verskeie karnaval ritte sal ook kinders hope genot verskaf.
Neem al jou sintuie in beslag die winter en besoek ons by die voet van die Boschberg vir groot winter-familiepret.
Vir meer inligting oor die 23ste Castle Lager Oos-Kaap Biltongfees, besoek gerus www.eastcapebiltongfestival.co.za. Volg ons ook op Facebook (www.facebook.com/BiltongFestival) en op Twitter (www.twitter.com/BiltongFestival) of kontak Marette Liddell by 042-243 1333.

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