Coastal lions & Hoanib cubs

Friday 20 January 2023

After spending a significant amount of time with the lioness Xpl-108 in the Torra Bay area, attention was turned to the Orphan lionesses at the mouth of the Hoanib River. The two lionesses “Alpha” Xpl-106 and “Bravo” Xpl-109 were located with the two cubs near Oasis spring west of the dune-belt. Both lionesses and the two cubs were in good condition and they have been spending time hunting cormorants and other wetland birds along the marches at Oasis spring. more >>

Torra Bay & Coastal lions Updates (12-14 Jan 23)

Wednesday 18 January 2023

12 January 2023 Xpl-108 spent the entire day and night at Raleigh spring. She only emerged and rested on the northern edge after sunset and during the night. During the daytime, however, she was lying and standing on a hummock inside the reed-bed to get the benefit of the fresh breeze to cool her down. A number of tourists were fortunate to spot the lioness as they drove past. more >>

Torra Bay & Coastal lions Updates

Wednesday 11 January 2023

After spending five days in the reeds at Raleigh spring next to the main road and feeding mainly on juvenile Cape fur seals that she found along the bay in front of the spring, the lioness Xpl-108 paid one last visit to the beach at sundown. With no seals in view, she moved northwards. At the break of dawn she was feeding on a seal pup at the mouth of the Uniab river. This is a favorite fishing spot for Torra Bay visitors and trouble was expected with potential interactions between the lioness and the anglers. Fortunately Peter Sander (acting CEO of DLCT) was here to assist and he visited all the fishing parties and informed them of the situation. more >>

Torra Bay & Coastal lions Updates - 8 jan 2023

Sunday 8 January 2023

The lioness Xpl-108 continued her somewhat unusual routine of resting in the reeds at the spring during the day and going out at night. Sometimes she lay for hours on the bank of the steep drop-off to the beach, staring at the ocean. The availability of young seals on the beach opposite the spring is quite unusual. During the night and at sunrise the lioness roared several times, presumably calling for her sisters. more >>

6 January Torra Bay & Coastal lions Updates

Friday 6 January 2023

For the third consecutive day – a day characterised by exceptionally strong winds and spectacular cloud formations – the lioness remained hidden in the reeds. At sunset the lioness emerged from the reeds and walked slowly towards the ocean. She reached the beach at 20h00 and headed southwards. more >>

Torra Bay & Coastal lions Updates

Wednesday 4 January 2023

At sunset the lioness Xpl-108 moved directly to the ocean. MEFT and DLCT collaborated in ensuring that anglers had vacated the beaches and the lionesses was allowed to go about her activities without disturbance. She captured a seal during the twilight period and dragged the seal to a nearby reed-bed where she spent the rest of the night. more >>