Mowe Bay Cabin == Orphan cubs & Floodplain Pride

published Wednesday 13 June 2018

Refurbishment of Mowe Bay Cabin

After waiting several days for the new foundation and floor to set, the process of erecting the new structure of the Mowe Bay cabin began. The work was complicated by strong south-westerly winds followed by hot east wind conditions. Weimann’s Carpentry from Swakopmund erected the new cabin in a remarkable period of less than five days. During the next few weeks the plumbing, ablutions and solar power will be fitted.

The old Mowe Bay cabin, built in the mid 1970s, before refurbishment

The old Mowe Bay cabin, built in the mid 1970s, before refurbishment

The new cabin that is envisioned to become a research centre.

The new cabin that is envisioned to become a research centre.

 

Purros Lion Problem

The young adult male lion that caused problems around Purros at the end of May 2018 and translocated to Sarusas spring has continued to explore the northwest corner of Namibia (see map).

After spending several days near Orupembe where livestock losses were reported, the lion continued moving northwards and entered the dune-sea to the west of the Hartmann’s Valley. The lion then turned back and is currently heading southwards towards Orupembe.

 

Early-warning and monitoring systems

The process of implementing the NW Human-lion Conflict Management Plan continues. Another adult lioness was immobilised and fitted with a satellite collar. Luuk Eikelboom of CARE, who is currently running the Desert Lion website and providing technical support to the Project, attended the occasion.

​ lion dart DLC Luuk

 

Orphan cubs & Floodplain Pride

The Floodplain Pride and the three Orphan females were observed on several occasions. The adult lioness Xpl-69 was located in the lower Hoanib River where she was observed hunting giraffes.

Hoanib female Lion

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Two of the Orphan lionesses spent several days at the mouth of the Hoanib River where evidence was found that they killed two Cape fur seals on the beach and dragged the carcasses inland where they were consumed.

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