Big Cat Week!

It’s that time of the year again! National Geographic Big Cat Week!

Which also means that you can watch the #safarilive live feed on the television! It only shows on the television within America.

So please watch #safarilive on which premieres Thursday, December 14 at 10/9c. For those who are not in America, you can still watch it on YouTube and via Ustream.

A special Fireside Chat … Safari Live’s Queen of Djuma … Queen Karula!

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Queen Karula (my favourite screenshot of her)

A Royal Celebration in honor of the missing Queen

Safari Live – Ustream                                                                       Safari Live – YouTube

*At the time of this post the Safari will have started…They will have the Fireside Chat at the end of the drive…Which will be at the end of the drive, roughly 2 hours and 45 minutes from now*

If you a regular reader of mine, you may have heard that I am addicted to a live stream feed called “Safari Live” Located at Djuma Game Reserve and Arathusa Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. You can watch a live feed of a safari, right from the comfort of your home…TWICE A DAY!

The Queen of all this dominion is the one and only Queen Karula! We have not been able to find her for the past two months, and although she is 13 years old, we still hope every day, but every day a little more hope dwindles. At 13 years old she is probably the most successful Leopardess in the area to have ever existed, successfully raising 10 cubs to full adulthood. The death of one of her last litters was not even her fault…Stupid humans.

As mentioned above she has been missing for roughly about two months and we are not sure what has happened to her. We keep hoping that she is off denning somewhere, but with two young Leopards already to take care of, it seems unlikely. There are variety of things that might have happened to her. From Lions, Hyenas other Leopards, even snake bites.

We ask you to join us on this special safari live edition and to stick with us as we celebrate the Queen of Djuma with a special fireside chat after the drive ❤ (Drives are usually about 3 hours long, with the last 15 minutes for the Fireside Chat).

*At the time of this post the Safari will have started…They will have the Fireside Chat at the end of the drive…Which will be roughly 2 hours and 45 minutes from now*

Also, until Friday please head to TeeSpring and buy this gorgeous Karula, Queen of Djuma top and help Wild Earth!

Friendly Reminders

Feeling blue? Did your team lose? Looking for something to do today? Want to experience something different? Like animals…If you don’t…What’s wrong with you? =P

THEN TUNE IN RIGHT NOW TOO

Either:

Safari Live…Wild Earth….YouTube                  or                    Wild Earth Safari…UStream

Watch wild African animals in all of their natural glory, with very well educated guides … Who know what they are talking about and have some fun while doing it and at the same time you can chat with awesome people like me!

The best part of it though, for today, and if you are lucky enough to live in the United States. You can watch it on the tv on the awesome Nat Geo Wild channel. If you have a Twitter account look out for the hashtag #safarilive too!

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Have a cup of tea with me?

Everyone who read my Blog a bit will know how obsessed I am with Wild Earth #safarilive live stream dream. Mainly taken place in Djuma within the Sabi Sands. Now they’ve started selling merchandise and I finally got my hands on a piece of it!

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It is my own Safari Live mug/cup and I couldn’t be happier. I got in a greyish colour, because I anticipate drinking lots of tea and coffee and there will be lots of dredge marks on it. I have a couple of white cups and they just look messy after a while.

The only question that I have remaining is which book do I read while sipping from my new glorious cup? The front runner is the book that I have been reading the most at the moment and that is “Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks”. It’s the one I’ve been reading the most, but I really want to get started on Jodi Picoult “Small Great Things“. I’ve had it since Christmas and I haven’t even started it, I’ve had so many others from Christmas as well. Then there’s the new books I just got this week from Ellen Dugan called “Book of Witchery: Spells,Charms and Correspondences for every day of the week”.

I’ll guess you’ll just have to see and wait!

Here comes the rain again! = Big Cat Week (18/9-25/9)

For those who are regular readers of my Blog, you will know that I am obsessed with a particular Ustream tv program called “Wildearth Safari” or if you follow Twitter “#SafariLive”. I’ve been watching it for a couple of years or so now. You might have even watched it during Big Cat Week over the last couple of years, as during that week they put the drive live on television.

The last few months have been hard for the animals there, mainly the grass eater/prey type food. There has been a really bad drought and the last month in particular, you can tell how rough it has been getting. A lot of the predators have not even been hunting to much as the prey has been succumbing to the drought.

I am extremely happy to say then that last night and the day before Djuma received some rain!  https://twitter.com/graham_/status/777317528406220800 …

Coming from a country that also suffers a lot from droughts, I think it’s the only time I love hearing that rain is coming. I have been watching the live feeds with the sound turned up as the rain falls. The animals so desperately need it. It’s been so sad to see them getting worse and worse. Although on the other side the predators have been having an amazing time!

On a completely but kind of related topic…Just to let my American comrades know that this week is “Big Cat Week” on Nat Geo Wild and the drives will be showing. You should take complete advantage of this. I wish we had it here down under.

Baby explosion!

So another quick #safarilive update and it is a really happy one…There has been an explosion of baby animals, mainly in the predator area.

We’ll start with the Queen of Djuma herself, Karula.

KarulaCharlotteKarulaCubTreeIntroducing to you Princess Charlotte (pic with her mum) and Prince George. Karula is probably one of the best mothers that there are out there. She has successfully raised all her litters, except for one and that was not her fault. The death of that particular cub brought in a new rule that no more than three cars can be in at one sighting of baby animals. If they are really new, there are to be NO cars what-so-ever.

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The next to talk about the Nkuhuma lions! They’ve recently had three, roughly a month or two old, but the even cuter find was yesterday on the sunrise drive! Look at the gif below!

However the most exciting news is about the Styx Pride…Now we haven’t seen the Styx pride on the Safari Live drives. We have seen videos and pictures of the new little bundles. The Styx pride has probably been hit the hardest of all the prides in the area. They lost all of their cubs born last year, including a sub-adult female. Two lionesses…So it’s so good to hear that not only have the Styx have had cubs…They haven’t had just one or two…They have had…8…8 CUBS! 8 cubs how wonderful is that!

#TreatTuesday

Normally I work on Tuesday, but because of some of the permanent staff at work are doing training this week. A lot of us casual staff have had our days change, so today Tuesday the 7th of July…I am giving myself a #treatuesday.

So please join us on #SafariLive or watch Stacey Roy on Twitch and enjoy your Tuesday along with us…I’ll be there!

Ustream – WildEarth Safari

The Stacey Roy – Twitch

The Circle of Life

I thought that I’d start the Monday morning with something actually cheerful…Well I think it is anyways, I hope that you will too.

As my long time readers probably know I watch a little Ustream live feed called “Safari Live”…I have been watching it for probably about twoish years now and I watch whenever I can.

Take a quick read of one of my past posts (Live Safari Update: Sept 21 2015). I can now say that the “BBoys” are the now well established coalition that watches over the Styx and Nkuhuma prides. Just for a quick run down, the BBoys took over the Matimba males just at the end of last year. Five to Two, even with the experience of the Matimba males, they were just too outnumbered. A lot of death and mayhem.

One of the things the regualrly followers have said about the Bboys is that they had better give us some cute cubs! … Now it looks like it’s happened for both the Styx and the Nkuhuma prides! Yes, us regular viewers can be quiet the fickle bunch, but the wild is harsh. Any sign of new life is celebrated.

The below video is of the new Nkuhuma lion cubs:

https://www.facebook.com/CheetahPlains/videos/1131700056882441/%20

This other video is of the Styx lion cubs:

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Aren’t they just precious?!

Safari Love Live!

For those who read my Blog a bit you’ll know my obsession with the Nat Geo’s Wild Safari Live and how much I love it (you can also find the drives on Ustream WildEarth Safari). Usually what I’ll do is make a post about new baby animals or just introduce or update on the more well known animals. Some of the animals even have their own Facebook page! (Will post links at the bottom).

Today I just want to explain a little bit about why I love this live web feed/stream so much.

The drive is kind of my form of mediation these days, even when the predators are on a hunt (which if they get a kill I can never watch). It brings me back to reality, animals, especially wild animals live in the moment. They are living minute to minute. Things can change so rapidly overnight for them.

It’s made me love animals that you would think would be unlovable. I for one am now am a big fan of Hyenas and Warthogs. You really do get to see these animals, live and wild, the strongest bonds of family. Mama warthogs are extremely protective of their little piglets and the little piglets are just a joy to watch. They bound around so much and are full of energy.

The people, the guides and the chatters (I’m mainly in the Social Stream). The guides are so friendly and they keep it so real. Even when something unpleasant has happened, they are there to remind us about the harshness of the wild, but also the love and how resilient the wild is.

So what do I do when the safari drives are off? Which is a good question, the safari drives are only on for three hours two times a day. Never fear! You can always go to the Djuma Cam and Pete’s Pond while you wait for the drives. I like to have them on the in the morning when I’m first getting up, it’s very therapeutic. You can just chat with the other viewers, there’s usually someone around as the cam’s and the drives have viewers from everyone all over the globe.

Birmingham Male Lions (Facebook)

Nkuhuama Lionesses (Facebook)

Junior of the Nkuhuma Pride (Facebook) … Junior is “unique” he’s the offspring of the Matimba Males, who were overthrown by the Birmingham Boys. However, the Lionesses of the Nkuhuama were able to help support him grow into a much larger male. We’re not sure where Junior is now because the BBoys are dominate and he would have been chased off. He’s special because he was with the NK Lionesses for such long time, much longer than usual.

Mvula Leopard (Facebook)

Shadow Leopard (Facebook)

Matimba Male Lions (Facebook)