The Hobatere territorial male
Sores arrived in the Hobatere Concession (Hobatere North) in May 2017, together with four other males, presumably siblings. The known territorial male, Hpl-6 (Masialeti) and his sibling Hpl-2 (Volkel), had abandoned the Hobatere Concession in February 2017, leaving space for the newcomers. Three of these males were killed on farmland during the course of 2017 (due to HWC), one male is unaccounted for and one remained, attracted by the females Sidatia, Naleli and Black-Nose. We collared Hpl-26 (Sores) in September 2017.
Hpl-26 is the known father of the cubs produced by Hpl-14 and Black-Nose; Hpl-12 denned in early August but abandoned her den on 21 August. Due to the density of the shrubbery around the den, no visuals of the cubs are available.
In April 2018, Hpl-26 was first seen with an unknown female close to the Roadside Camp-site; since April, he regularly moves between the Hobatere North and the Etosha Roadside Prides.