No Worries in Ngamo

18 06 2011

By now our lions were on the brink…of bursting. We drove through Ngamo on the 15th admiring the substantial collection of zebra skeletons the pride had collected recently to find Milo, Phyre, Kenge, Athena and AT1 on their 8th zebra kill in 2 weeks (one every 1.75 days, expected kill rate one every 1.8 days).

Our research team gawped at the prospect of where this meat could possibly be going yet all lions happily gorged themselves further on the fresh kill. In between feeding bouts Milo managed to burn off some calories by mating with both Phyre AND Kenge. As expected Kenge has once again has come into heat, approx 3 months since the loss of her litter in April. It appeared it really was good to be the king as Sir lay with his two beauties by a bountiful meal in the midday sun.

Meanwhile Ashanti and Kwali remained tucked away in the shade of the den in Hwange some 40m from the kill site. A visual on the 16th revealed all three observed cubs are mobile with beautiful big blue eyes now wide open.  (all cubs are born with blue eyes, changing to their adult colour around two months old)

Nala & Narnia were in light-hearted mood.  With the pride fat & flourishing its members can relax with no worries and waste some energy playing about with one another.

 

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18 06 2011
Joyce Kinton

The beautiful pride is realy showing what they can do !!!!
Little AT1 will be the oldest cub when the other three join up with the pride again !! I reckon she’ll show them a trick or two !!! bless em…..
MY goodness Milo is busy doing his job !! more little ones to join in !!
So very happy the pride is doing so well…sweet meets for them 1!! xxx

18 06 2011
Tommy

Does Kwali get mated?

20 06 2011
africanlionenvironmentalresearchtrust

Kwali is the third lioness in the pride that is spayed. She suffered Horner’s Syndrome when young and we decided that she would not be suitable for reproducing within the pride, but as one of the best hunter’s ever she more than earned her place in the pride.

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