Makhosi Ncube

Born in Bulawayo on the 30th April, 1989, wildlife has always been a passion of mine. Today, almost thirty years later l am following that passion, working deep in the heart of Hwange National Park as a guide for African Bush Camps (ABC) at Somalisa Camp. I love wildlife and people and my job combines both. As a result I can safely say I love what I do and l do what l love.

My passions are photography and writing. Social media allows me to not only share my passions with the world but also bring Zimbabwe to the world. You can see and read more from my social media posts:

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HWANGE: Up Close and Personal

Hwange is renowned for its elephants and rightly so, not only for their sheer numbers but also for their personalities. Yes you heard me right, for their PERSONALITIES. Wild as they may be, they are friendly and amazing creatures, with an intellect second to none. Elephants possess an unbelievable source of intelligence with incredible memories, passed on from female to female, ensuring the knowledge is never lost, something we humans have a hard time doing. So high is their intelligence that the elephant is one of six animal species said to have the ability to recognize their reflections in a mirror. They are capable of empathy as well, known to take care of their sick, chewing food for them and helping to take care of the other herd members.

CECIL AND THE HWANGE LION KINGS

In May 2008 researchers sighted two five year old male lions at Mangisihole Pan, and so named them the β€œMangisihole Boys”.

Towards the end of the year they had moved from the eastern part of the park where they were first sighted and were now associated with the Ngweshla pride, led by a male named Ugly (I am curious as to the reason for his name). A ratio of 2 to 1 ensured the Mangisihole Boys won the fight easily. As part of their victory dance they did what all male lions do – they killed the cubs of the former leader and then went on to mate with the females to start their own bloodline. The larger male was darted and collared and given a name. A name we have all come to know: Cecil.