The plot thickens. Just when a healthy looking Tingana reappeared in the heart of Djuma, (taking a bushbuck kill under a tree by the Vuyatela dam) so did the steely-eyed Hukumuri. From the southern part of the area Hukumuri marched directly toward a slumbering Tingana, scent marking along the way. He had veered off course by the time the sunset drive ended and we thought that a leopard vs leopard interaction had been narrowly avoided.
The next morning it became obvious that chaos had reigned during the night! Luckily for us we were able to catch a lot of it on the Vuyatela dam cam. Tingana’s bushbuck kill was stolen by a handful of hyenas, only to be stolen by none other than Hukumuri himself. He took it up a tree to feast upon it (as seen on the dam cam), only later to bring it back down to the ground to munch on it throughout the day.
Those who are firmly on the side of Tingana were none too happy that the interloper had finagled his way into Tingana’s vicinity certainly making it appear as though Hukumuri has successfully taken over a good chunk of the Duke’s territory.
The mystery interloper is becoming less and less of a mystery these days. Thanks to a handful of safariLIVE fans and a little bit of luck, we now have a good idea where Hukumuri has come from. It appears as though he was in the southern edges of the Kruger near Crocodile Bridge Camp in 2015. This means that he’s journeyed roughly 100 kilometers before arriving in Djuma and staking his claim as a now viable territorial male. The unknown interloper finally has a past.
Furthermore, we are now getting a sense of his character. Unsurprisingly, Hukumuri is a relentless and determined fellow. This became obvious as we saw him stake out a warthog burrow for no less than 24 hours.