Face to face with a young, full of himself lion. I was heading back to camp after a long day of anti-poaching patrols and came around a clutch of thorn bushes when I notice a game viewer with 3 guest and the ranger all looking in the direction I was heading in. I was on foot and that obviously attracted the lions attention straight away and for a few seconds I was indecisive on what to do, run to the vehicle or stand still where I was. Luckily the ranger was clear headed and honked his hooter to distract the lions attention from me and I could scramble towards safety.
My first 23 day patrol, I was filthy, starving and dead tired, but very happy.This was still early days and we did patrols only with single action shotguns, now the anti-poaching teams are armed to the teeth. With the war on rhino poaching it became a whole new ball game and both side are ready to fight to the death for the rhino’s.
This is what I call fun, following very fresh leopard tracks, so fresh that at any moment a spotted cat can materialize in front of me. Leopards are known to double back on their tracks, if they notice that they are being followed they make their way around the follower to attack the tracker from behind.
Notice the huge lump on the one badger’s lower back. I went through all the photos and it looks like a bite mark that went septic. The honey badger is a very hardy and resilient creature and I do not think that this individual is in mortal danger.
The honey badgers are fearsome predators and once they discovered the baiting site there will be nothing left to attract leopards. These two badgers spend 4 hours at the site, climbing into every tree, collecting all the bait and even had the cheek to sleep it off right in front of the camera.