The legacy of Xpl-10

Thursday 27 October 2022

The building and articulation of the skeleton of the legendary lioness Xpl-10 “Queen” was both a challenging and emotional experience. It required nearly three weeks of intense and uninterrupted work to identify and understand the functions and positioning of each of the 287 bones. more >>

Leopard studies and other activities

Thursday 29 September 2022

After discussions with the Ministry of Environment, Tourism & Forestry an agreement was reached to expand research activities to include leopards in and around the Skeleton Coast National Park. The first effort is concentrating on the elusive male leopard of the Uniab Delta. A capture cage and related equipment was setup along a reed-bed at the Uniab Delta. The cage is monitored via satellite in order to respond immediately if the cage has been triggered. more >>

Hoanib lions and cubs

Thursday 15 September 2022

The Orphan lioness Xpl-106 “Alpha” regularly moved her cubs to new and secure lairs. Over a period of four hours, following disturbances caused by tour operators, she moved the cubs from the eastern part of the Floodplain for 15 km to a small cave out of the tourism area. The lioness eventually returned after 36 hours to lead them to a new location. more >>

Obab lionesses update

Tuesday 13 September 2022

The newly designed and modified Land Cruiser research vehicle have performed remarkably well in the field. Despite all the research equipment and additions to the vehicle, it remains relatively light and behaves well over the rough terrain. Several new additions and modifications were added to meet the observation and research requirements. more >>

Death of an Ugab lioness.

Monday 12 September 2022

During mid-May 2022 a mortality signal was received from the Ugab lioness Xpl-116 on the foothills of Brandberg mountain. The first investigation a few days later failed due to the presence of another lion or leopard that was growling when the site was approached on foot. Several weeks later during mid-July 2022, we returned to the site. more >>

In honour of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Thursday 8 September 2022

Xpl-10 the "Queen" of Desert lions. Born: 1 September 1998. Died: 17 May 2014. more >>

Coastal activities & fitting satellite collars

Thursday 1 September 2022

Following the death of the Obab lioness Xpl-105, several days were spent along the coast searching for the remainder of the Obab pride and collecting data. The weather conditions were variable and extreme - varying between hot easterly winds, cold southwesterly sandstorms and thick coastal fog. The spoor of an adult male leopard was observed at several locations around the Uniab Delta. It is presumably the same individual that has been recorded at the Delta during the last three years. more >>

Death of a Lioness

Monday 22 August 2022

The two Orphan lionesses have traversed the Floodplain and sections of the dune-belt every night, moving an average of 20–30km per day, in search of food to sustain themselves and the three small cubs. more >>

Observations along the Hoanib River

Saturday 13 August 2022

The two Orphan lionesses and three small cubs favoured the eastern section of the Floodplain where most of the prey were concentrating. The lioness Xpl-106 “Alpha” gave birth to two female and one male cub, and at the age of 11 weeks, they are becoming more mobile and occasionally move with the lionesses. more >>

Hoanib River

Sunday 17 July 2022

After the good rainfall earlier in 2022 many animals have returned to the Hoanib river. The Hoanib Floodplain was saturated with water from several flash floods and was inaccessible for many months. As the mud dried up, aided by the hot east-wind conditions, sections of the Floodplain became drivable more >>