A great understanding between Mother and Daughter.
The Jaguar is one of the wild cats of the Amazon that everyone likes to see, but there are other wild cats too.
When no one is looking, this is what Lotje is doing during the night.
Here is Lotje with her fourth kitten.
Last year, 2016, I had written about Lotje being a mom again for the fourth time. After months of waiting patiently Lotje was ready to bring her fourth kitten to the feeder. On January 3, 2017 just before I put the food for her on her buffet I noticed not one, but 2 pairs of eyes reflecting from my headlight. I thought that I was imagining seeing double, but when I was at the feeder I couldn't believe it. There she was with her fourth kitten.
After giving birth I didn't see Lotje with her young at the feeder the first few months, so I got a little bit worried that it was possible that she lost her young somehow (sickness or ambush by a larger predator). But it seems that Lotje had other plans in mind.
As you can clearly see in the picture the little one was not yet comfortable with my presence, but Lotje was. It is also noticeable that she decided to first get this little one used to the wild and after months of being taught the fine art of survival, she finally approved to go together to the feeder.
Lotje, the resident ocelot, likes to share her food with her cubs. How about with other animals not related to her?
Lotje, our resident ocelot, is once again a mother.
Junior is a big boy now and even appears during broad day light.
In this article we take a look back of how fast Katja, the ocelot, had grown up.
It has been a while since I last wrote about puma sightings near the resort. Here is an update for 2016:
The first time that Lotje brought her youngest cub to the feeder was way back, October 20, 2015 to be precisely. A young cub still exploring his new surroundings. Now 4 months later he is at ease. Here is an update on Junior's progress.
Lotje shows her cubs who's wearing the pants in the house. In other words, always respect your mother.
Spotje, the second cub of Lotje, is a young adult now. Occasionally she still comes by to the feeder. Here we are looking back at her ongoing progress.
For nearly 3 years now I have been feeding and observing wild ocelots near the lodge. One of the frequent visitors is Lotje, a caring ocelot mom who surely deserves the mother-of-the-year award.
After patiently waiting until he arrived again at the feeder, I finally got the chance to meet him in person. This is Junior, the third cub of Lotje, in pictures. Enjoy!
Wonderful news to announce about our ocelots in Kabalebo. Lotje introduced her third cub in front of the trophy cam.
This is Boyke, the ocelot resident of Kabalebo. Since 2013 he comes by frequently for a nice treat. He is also used to our presence, but that does not mean that he likes to share his meal with others.
This picture is actually a frame taken from the trophy cam video. The Puma still wanders near the lodge of Kabalebo.
Since 2013 we have been feeding and observing ocelots near the lodge of Kabalebo. Here is an update:
Since 2013 we are feeding ocelots close to the Kabalebo resort, giving visitors the chance of a lifetime to see these wild cats up close and personal. Slender wild cats of mid height who are completely used to everything and everybody near the resort. But still they are being confused and are seen as a jaguar (?!) In this post we take a closer look at the 'profiles' of both the ocelot and the jaguar.
About 5 months ago I wrote about a male Puma that was spotted twice near the river cabin of Kabalebo. Here is a follow up:
About 6 months ago I introduced the ocelot family: Lotje, Boyke and Katja. All 3 cats are now part of the Kabalebo family. Accepted and respected by the entire Kabalebo staff.
In my first ocelot blogpost I had written that Lotje once again gave birth (February 2014). While she was taking care of her kitten(s) we all enjoyed the presence of her first born: Katja.
Than on October 29, 2014 (last night) she decided that it was time to introduce her kitten to us. Thanks to the trap cams, that we still use, we could see how the newest member came into the 'picture'. Of course while I was looking at the short video's, flashbacks appeared of Katja back then. At least 18 months we witnessed how the first born grew into a beautiful young strong adult.
I am already excited about the newest member. Second generation since I started with this project.
………. to be continued!
Here are 2 still shot frames that I took from the trophy cam video last night (29.10.2014)
Since 2012 I have been using Game camera's (Trap Cams) to track down what kind of wild animals are passing by in Kabalebo. A welcoming third eye to observe the Fauna world on a safe distance and without disturbing or distracting the animals.
Kabalebo is situated in the midst of the jungle of South-West Suriname. A remote place covered with miles of undisturbed primary forest, making this also a perfect location to spot some rarely seen species.
On July 22, 2014 I was able to capture the first picture of a Puma (Puma con color) Exactly a week later he returned to the same spot. A new milestone as it is known that these creatures are rarely seen even at places where they are common.
The Puma is a lonesome hunter who likes to share his territory with more then one female. So it is possible that more Pumas might be wandering around the neighborhood.
We'll see .....