Pandora (PA)

Snowflake and Toblerone, founding females (2012)

Snowflake and Toblerone, founding females (2012)

Pandora was a rather coincidental addition to the list of monitored groups. One day in June 2011 the four Aztecs females were Aztecs, and the next day they had formed a new group with four Van Helsing rovers. Luckily they used a burrow just next to Aztecs (and the Gannavlakte farm house) and thus remained in the population… Female dominance took some time to settle between the two littermates Snowflake and Toblerone, with the latter having the upper hand. The males initially roved a lot, but finally the group got more cohesive. Pepper eventually took dominance, with Cecil remaining a prime rover. All males eventually disappeared, however – due to TB or unknown causes, so that the position of dominant male was free for a group of long-lost Van Helsing male Mr. Jacky and three wild males to take. Toblerone was predated at the same time, with Snowflake inheriting her position. Not for long though, as she was bitten by a snake, and Molly, the last of the founder females, followed as dominant female. In their first year of existence – that was dominated by a severe drought – Snowflake and Toblerone could only raise two pups to adulthood, but Molly and Shosonna produced three successful litters in 2014. Male dominance kept changing, and it was down to the two wild ones when one of them disappeared, leaving Bibbiddi dominant. In August 2014, Molly was predated, and Shosonna has since risen to dominance. Three Baobab males led by Mr. Lahey immigrated later that year. They were displaced by wild males in January 2016, of which Mr. Holmes became dominant.

The Pandora territory is on Leeupan farm, east of our Gannavlakte farmhouse, in the riverbed on both sides of the main road.

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