Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report


First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Grumeti

December 2012 - Grumeti, Tanzania

Leopards and hyenas are infamous enemies and when these two species cross paths there is a good chance that an action-packed exchange will take place. One evening in December, guides Adas Anthony and Saitoti Ole Kuwai were watching two leopards in separate trees not far away from one another – the Raho male and a skittish female. These two leopards had no connection with each other apart from the fact that they happened to be close by. A sighting like this is extremely special in itself, but even more was to come. The Raho male had the remains of a kill with him in the tree, belly-full from what he had already eaten. The female also had a full belly, but the onlookers did not see a kill in her tree. They assumed it had fallen below, but dusk had descended and it was too dark to see anything on the ground. Not much later a hyena showed up. He soon confirmed the assumptions when his incredible sense of smell led him directly under the tree where the female leopard was perched, and he picked up a half-eaten impala carcass.


Temperatures

  • Average Minimum:31°C (88°F)
  • Average Maximum:15°C (59°F)
  • Minimum Recorded:21°C (70°F)
  • Maximum Recorded:0°C (32°F)

Rainfall

  • For the period:0 mm (0 in)
  • For the year to date:248 mm (10 in)

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