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.



A permanent fixture

17 04 2011

Midday on the 13th and Kenge joins Kwali and Phyre for a cat nap.  She only has one cub with her indicating that she has lost one.  By mid-afternoon the pride is resting in the Amboseli area; Ashanti leading the pride in chorus to announce their presence.

As darkness begins to fall the pride of females start a journey towards the Kruger part of the site, Athena’s little one bringing up the rear.

Early on the 14th and Ashanti, Nala and Narnia are hot on the tail of a herd of impala.  Its not clear who made the kill but what is clear is that Milo immediately appropriated the kill and refused to let the others near it, despite Kenge putting up a quite a fight.  Ashanti bides her time by engaging with a prolonged social licking session with Phyre.

Athena’s cub is now a permanent fixture within the pride dynamic and is seen playing with the others in turn; today this is first with Narnia, then Phyre followed by Ashanti before returning to Narnia.  As the pride gradually falls into a peaceful slumber the cub finds ways to amuse itself with plants and stick strewn around.  Kenge continues to try and fight Milo for the remains of the carcass; without success.

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