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Atta Heritage updates from Africa

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Post  whitestarling on Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:09 pm

Atta Heritage has updated today 18th June
Friday, 18 June, 2010
The Great Wildebeest Migration Has Begun!
It's official - the annual migration of the wildebeest from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya started six days ago. The comical animals nicknamed "the clown of the plains" and said to be put together by a committee, have moved across the south Mara plains. The herds split before entering the Central Plains with one herd heading west and the other to the north.


It’s a welcome surprise to see the migration start earlier than expected. Also this time, the main migration for the south arrived before the Loita herds as has been the tradition.
GREAT MIGRATION OF WILDEBEEST AND ZEBRASHaving crossed the Sand River, the wildebeest with the zebras mowed their way from Keekorok to the Mara Bridge covering a distance of about 25 to 30 kilometers in a few days. Marching north towards Lookout Hill, they are busy and noisy as this is their rutting season. The males are calling, running up and down and fighting any competition to win over the females. It is indeed an interesting time to be in the Mara.

The females with their five-month-old calves are relishing the fresh red oat grass. However many natural water holes in the Mara are dry which will hasten the wildebeest to move further in search of waterholes with water in them. The first destination will be Ol-keju- Ronkai River and the Mara River near the Mara Intrepids Camp. This might mean that the Mara River crossing may happen sooner than expected.
Due to the recent heavy rains, there’s a lot of grass for the herbivores. The effect? It’s triggered the mating season for elephants and topis. We are seeing many herds of elephants around Olkiombo.
The topis are in their local breeding grounds on Topi Plains and Paradise Plains. There’s good game viewing east of Mara Intrepids towards the Masai villages where the grass is short due to over grazing by the Masai cattle.

Down south towards Lookout Hill, there are a lot of zebras and topis.

Predator Sightings
Lions


Lion sightings are still good but the prides are beginning to split into small group. This is primarily due to the availability of prey because the grass-eating prey or the herbivores are moving to the short grass plains.
The Olkiombo Pride has split into four groups – there’s a lioness with her cubs who is avoiding all male lions because the males may take the food for the family.
Since April, the four sub adult males are down to three. This is because one of the males has left the pride after attacking a herd of Masai cattle. This male is still within its home range.
The three adult males are moving towards Maji-ya-Fisi pride (Hyena Dam) hoping to take over that pride if they do not encounter any resistance from the males.
The Paradise Pride is strong; it has six adult males who hunt hippos. This provides the pride with enough food.
The Ol-Kejuronkai Pride still has two males. Altogether, it has thirteen members in the family pride. They are well fed and looking healthy. This is one area that the herbivores avoid because the grass is one and half meter high making it difficult for them to see the predator approaching. This pride preys on the old, solitary buffaloes.


Leopards


Leopards have been seen around Olkiombo, along the Talek and Olare-Orok Rivers.
Olive, one of the BBC Big Cat Diary film stars, has been prowling between Mara Explorer and Mara Intrepids. She is with her two twelve-month old male cubs who are left alone most the time for one or two weeks during which time they try to hunt hares and Kirk’s dik-dik. Olive has been hunting warthog piglets, impalas and Bohor reedbucks. The Ridge male who is the father of Olive’s male cubs is between Olare Orok and Rhino Ridge.

Big Boy who is the father of Olive’s three sub adult cubs - Aya, Binti and Kali - is between Talek and Mara River. He has been sharing territory with his son, Kali.
North of Mara Intrepids along Intiakitiak River, a female that has been there for some time has finally brought her two cubs out of the hidden lair. They are five months old and we are yet to name them.


Cheetahs


For the last seven months a female cheetah with a cub named Saba has been seen at Topi Plains where there is a lot of plains game. The cub is eight months old and is being trained by her mother to hunt young Tommies.

The three cheetah brothers are residing on top of Rhino Ridge hunting warthogs. However the topis are proving too hard for them.
A young female cheetah who is new to this part of the Mara is seen between the Topi Plains and Mara Intrepids camp. She loves climbing vehicles – one reason could be that it’s easier for her to spot her prey.
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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:01 pm

A wonderful update there!!! cheers

Thanks for posting!!
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:18 pm

Ooooooh i love it when all these updates start coming in .........it just makes wonderful reading.

Thanks for posting WS

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Post  Doogs on Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:54 pm

F A N T A S T I C, thanks WS cheers
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Post  littlewid on Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:24 pm

Thats an update to make you smile WS and wonderful pictures with it too. I can't believe saba's cub is 8 months old, how time flys by and news on lots of our favourites too, just brilliant. Thanks for posting it.

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Post  whitestarling on Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:52 pm

Your welcome Guys Glad you liked it
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Attas July Update

Post  whitestarling on Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:11 am



Phew a long one but very interesting
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:32 am

No i can never get enough of these updates WS - thanks for posting these today, it's really made my day, and the photos are superb.

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Post  whitestarling on Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:28 am

August update from Atta


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Post  Laikipia on Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:00 pm

lovely update - thanks for posting WS

It seems all the camps have some great big cats visiting .............

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Post  Doogs on Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:05 pm

Cool thanks for this WS :)

Glad to hear that the Ridge Pridge failed to take over the Olkiombo Pride -
Goooooo the OP Boys
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Post  whitestarling on Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:27 pm

The Latest Atta Heritage update.
Dining Jumbo-style in the Reeds at Ziwani Dam, and The Greatest Game Show on Earth - Issue 9. With some superb photos and news on Notch's Boys, Saba the Cheetah, and her Cub is available on
http://www.atta.travel/heritage/default.aspx

Sorry Guys havent got the time to copy it all on the forum this time
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:08 am

Thanks for posting WS - another great read.

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Post  Doogs on Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:52 pm

It's all go today for the updates :)

That water looks very deep for the Wildies pale I must admit I don't think I would like to see them 'jumping' over the cliffs for a crossing affraid

Lovely picture of Olive (?) lying on her back stretching I love you

Thanks again WS cheers
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Post  whitestarling on Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:36 am

Latest Atta updates



Phew that took some copying

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Post  Doogs on Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:07 pm

Well done and thanks for this WS cheers

Some good shots as well as an interesting read Cool
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:16 pm

But it was well worth it WS - to keep us all happy and smiling .................... another great catch up and some gorgeous photos.

Thanks WS you are a real Like a Star @ heaven today.

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Post  littlewid on Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:13 pm

That really was brilliant WS cheers Lai is right, you are a Like a Star @ heaven for doing that for us all. It was wonderful to hear about Cheza and sala, I love those boys Very Happy . There are some amazing pictures there and it was really good to have the catch up and I loved the map as well. I have no sense of direction so I do find it helpful to see where they are talking about, thanks WS.

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Post  whitestarling on Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:22 pm

Glad you liked it guys. If you go to Africa LW you'd better take your Sat Nav Errrrrrr on seconds thoughts just remembered you cant loose it and get lost on the M25 better take a guide instead
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:22 am

http://www.atta.travel/heritage/default.aspx

Update 5th July - a really good update and stunning photos from the Mara and Samburu.

Doogs - you could be in for a real treat Laughing

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Post  Doogs on Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:24 pm

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you about posting this link Lai, great read / pictures and wonderful it's familiar territory to me !

Well, well, Singo does a Kike !!! She can do that on our jeep come Sept any time Laughing

The game viewing at both the 'Intrepids' camps we are going to looks fantastic, just hope it is still as good when we get there in Sept. Great to see the Wild Dogs in Samburu, fingers crossed we get to see them, that would be wonderful.
Loved the Orange Crested Parrot WOW
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Post  whitestarling on Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:41 pm

Thanks Chui What a brilliant update, with news of our favourites. Notch, Olive, and also news of Shingo. The migration looks as though its going really well
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:01 pm

What an update - that poor zebra What a Face

Thanks for the nudge Chui

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Post  Doogs on Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:57 pm

Awww bless poor zebra but at least it got away. Here's hoping it's ok pale

Seems to be lots happening around the Intrepids Camp which I am getting very, very excited about
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