Three golden cubs

10 03 2011

We set off to find the Ngamo pride in the morning (9th March) feeling somewhat guilty after lavishing most of our attention upon Athena’s cubs.

We watched in anticipation as a herd of impala meandered along the road, unawares of the three lionesses stalking them from the bushes. Yet the heat of the day soon took its toll and our lionesses collapsed in a heap in the spotted shade of the Tree Tops area. Athena had rejoined the pride yet there was no sign of her cubs.

We decided to take the opportunity to try and catch another visual of the cubs whilst Athena socialized. We pulled up very slowly to where we had last noted them.  Three little golden faces popped out from the bushes to investigate the rumble of our approaching engine. Switching off  we all held our breath so as not to scare them away.  One decided their view from the boulder was not enough to satisfy its curiosity.  We watched in awe as the little brave cub meandered his or her way down the boulder and through the grass to a small opening upon the ground.  Their bravery soon caught on as its siblings also began to creep down from their den to sniff out the new company.

After a better visual of us and a quick sniff of the air they decided we were of no real interest and bounded back up to the safety of the den.

As fantastic as it is to see all three cubs in such healthy condition and already exploring their habitat, they are still at risk from predation, especially so from birds of prey. Lets hope that they do not begin to stray too far from their den-curiosity can kill the cub as well as the cat!





One response

10 03 2011
Holly Taylor

How fantastic to see 3 little faces. Well done- this is what your work is all about, your patience, determination and hard work has paid off. Give yourselves a huge pat on the back as you are doing wonders for conservation. Thank goodness for people like you as you are making a difference.

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