A once in a lifetime morning monitoring drive... Episode 1!
Last week we had to say goodbye to many of our volunteers who left in advance due to the closure of the borders for Covid-19. However, the bush seemed to be willing to reward them with some amazing and surreal sightings!
Our morning drives always start very early, to be able to follow up on nocturnal animals who are still fairly active in the first hours of the morning.
Stopping the vehicle to listen to the wonderful sounds of the diurnal animals waking up, makes you feel as you are living in a real fairy tale. While listening to all these beautiful sounds, we heard lions roaring in different directions, some of which quite close to us.
The adrenaline started pumping as we decided to follow up on the nearby lions. We drove for about one km and when we stopped again to get a more accurate direction of the roaring lions, a male started calling about 20 metres in front of our vehicle! A lion roar is something that can’t be really described; it must be felt and experienced in person to understand the power of it! It gives you goose bumps, it makes your chest vibrating and it feels as if all the air shakes. It is simply incredible!
Together with this male, there was another male lion roaring about 400metres away, as well as another lioness, quite close. After a few seconds, the male lion appeared from behind a bush in all his beauty. He was smelling the air, marking his territory and looking for the female who was responding to his call. We decided to follow the male lion and as he walked into a block, we waited for him on another road, hoping he would have come out.
What happened next? Check the next post!🔜 #leoafrica #lionmonitoring #datacollection #conservation #ethicalvolunteering #southafrica #wildandfree #lion #catsofinstagram #volunteerabroad #volunteersouthafrica #wildlife_perfection #africanimals #africanamazing #animalplanet #wildlifephotography #wildernessculture #travelgram #travelwithmeaning #toocute #majestic_animals #nature_perfection #natgeo #natureatitsbest #roar #photooftheday #canon #pride #adventure #makeadifference