Leopard & Narina Trogon sightings at Mlilwane

Though chiefly associated with savanna and rainforest habitats, Leopards are exceptionally adaptable. Populations inhabit anywhere in the species range where grassland, woodlands and riverine forests remain mostly undisturbed. Leopards usually rest during the daytime in trees and thick bush with their spotted coat providing camouflage. Following reported guest sightings, we are happy to confirm the presence of Leopards at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary with the discovery of fresh tracks. Most recently we found three sets of tracks: one adult and two sets of cup tracks! Stay tuned for further updates on the blog and if you manage to capture this elusive animal on camera – please do send it into us at marketing2@biggameparks.org

The elusive Narina Trogon at Mlilwane
The elusive Narina Trogon at Mlilwane

Also adding to the extensive birdlife found at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is the recent sighting of the elusive Narina Trogon in camp – more commonly spotted at Mkhaya Game Reserve. Trogon nests are notoriously difficult to find – they nest in natural tree cavities and are very reluctant to approach nest holes when intruders such as humans are in the vicinity. The beautiful bird’s diet consists mainly of insects and small invertebrates as well as rodents and small reptiles.

Author: Big Game Parks

Sawubona! Welcome to Big Game Parks' Blog! From the flatlands in the East, through the mountainous and scenic West, to the heart of the lowveld in the South East, the Kingdom of Swaziland not only offers you nearly every example of African landscape but also unforgettable wildlife, culture, adventure and birding experiences. Big Game Parks (BGP) is a private non-profit Trust which manages three game reserves in Swaziland: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve. All follow a common mission: to conserve the rich biodiversity of Swaziland's natural heritage. In 1960 the Reilly's family established the Kingdom's first game reserve on the Reilly family farm, Mlilwane. Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve soon followed and today the company's contribution to the restoration and protection of the Kingdom’s biodiversity is of great significance (BGP actually saved 22 species from extinction in Swaziland!) and can truly be appreciated by the discerning traveller. Swaziland is well-situated between Kruger National Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Maputo. Big Game Parks’ well-positioned and diverse game reserves are an essential destination in any itinerary. Discover all the latest Big Game Parks tourism, conservation and community happenings right here. Sitawubonana! See you soon!

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