Ngorongoro's Annual Report

Ngorongoro's Annual Report

1966

Book ID 668

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Ngorongoro's Annual Report, 1966
Page Number: 20

Map of the NCA

Extract ID: 3953

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Ngorongoro's Annual Report, 1966
Page Number: 28a
Extract Date: 1966

The death of game

The death of game around Empakaai Crater, in close proximity to Lengai, can only be explained in relation to this year's eruption of the volcano. The ash from Lengai covered the grass with a coat of up to three-quarters of an inch on the rim of Empakaai Crater. Game and cattle could not get under the ash to feed and it would appear that the animals either starved to death or succumbed from toxic properties in the ash,

Extract ID: 3922

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Ngorongoro's Annual Report, 1966
Page Number: 28b
Extract Date: 1966

Felicia engages the lion

While we can always guarantee that you will see thousands of animals, it is more a matter of luck to witness interesting game incidents or even to see some of the rarer species. For instance, the lion-and-Rhino battle on August Seventh, which was reported in detail in the October issue of Ngorongoro's Bulletin. For the benefit of those who did not read the bulletin this is what happened: on August Seventh, an extremely interesting incident concerning a Rhino and a lion was observed in the crater by Licenced Guide Shehe. At 10.30 a.m. a lion tried to kill a Rhino, Felicia's eleven-month-old calf. Felicia who lives to the north of Lake Makat is rather hostile normally, and when her off-spring was in danger she was quite fierce. The lion managed to separate the calf from the mother. The calf ran away and the lion gave chase, with Felicia lumbering behind in hot pursuit, bellowing loudly. The calf circled back towards its mother, and Felicia immediately engaged the lion. The lion grabbed her by the hind leg and clawed and chewed her thigh viciously. Felicia wheeled round and gored the lion twice in the centre of the ribs. The lion rolled over paralysed by the tremendous blows. She then gored him in the neck, in the head and trampled him to death in a matter of minutes. Two other lions had sat by during the entire incident and kept a respectable distance. Within forty minutes of the killing the carcass was eaten clean by hyaenas. It is understood that a party of visitors from West Germany was lucky enough to film or to photograph the whole act.

Extract ID: 3921
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