A Couple of Tree Huggers
April 1 2016

Some of the long-term followers of our Ngamo updates may remember back in 2013 Milo’s phase of climbing into a rather grand tree in the Camp area of the site and resting there for some time. He would do this quite regularly, most likely in an effort to avoid bothersome flies, however the research team would simply look on in awe at the pride male appearing effortlessly majestic while he surveyed his territory. 

Milo in tree 2013

Remarkably, almost 3 years to the day since his arboreal habit was first seen, it would seem that ‘Milo’s tree’ is still appealing; and to more than just one member of the pride.  As the soft glow of sunrise was cast over the release site on the morning of the 20th of March the lions were taking a morning stroll through the centre of ‘Camp’ when the team noticed AS4 move slightly off course.  The team couldn’t help get a little excited in anticipation of where she might be headed.  Would she do it? Would she climb ‘Milo’s tree’?  The answer was yes!  To the delight of the team AS4 elegantly leapt up the large trunk and, after a moment or so of assessing her surroundings, she sat down in the very same tree and in the very same spot her father would sit; and looking picture perfect. 

AS4 in tree

The next morning the blue sky of yesterday was gone and an unbroken layer of cloud cooled the air.  The trees were again the objects of entertainment for playful AS4 and AS5, and as the rest of the pride were lazing in ‘Amboseli’ AS5 took to a nearby tree.  He sprang upwards and threw his paws around the weak branches, which of course gave way under his hefty weight, and so he continued with his playfulness by chewing on the freshly broken bark. 

AS5

Seeing her brother engaging in such fun was too much for AS4 to resist and not before long she had joined him, flinging her paws around the broken tree and eventually flopping to the ground. 

AS4 and AS5


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The 6 adults (1 male and 5 females) of the ‘Ngamo Pride’ were captive born and released into the ‘Ngamo Lion Release Site’ in 2010, having been walked in the rehabilitation phase of the ex situ conservation project, the African Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Programme.  The pride’s 5 offspring (1 male and 4 females) were born in the site and have had no human contact, display natural behaviours, and are intended for release into the wild in the final phase of the Programme.

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