Since our last update on the Ngamo pride, we have welcomed a new season and a new year. While the vegetation has undergone its annual transition from dry grasslands to that of a fuller habitat rich with colour, the research team report that the Ngamo pride and their dynamics have remained stable and that the lions have been busy doing, well, not too much really.
There has of course been plenty of resting; understandably so given the soaring temperatures. And of course, Milo, Phyre and company have also been doing a fair bit of patrolling their territory as they vary their resting spots each day.
The pride’s procession on the morning of the 13th of January took them eastwards along ‘Route 66’. The team were slowly following behind Milo, who was taking his time at the back of the line when, from the road ahead, came the frenzied warning calls of a large group of guinea fowl. As AT1 led the pride onto ‘Water Road’ she had encountered the birds and their chicks travelling along the sandy path and her presence immediately caused panic. The guinea fowl went scattering in all directions; some taking cover in the long grass, while others sought the safety of the trees above. The fuss seemed to alarm AT1 too, who just stood there in the midst of the commotion looking all around her as she waited for the rest of the pride to catch up. Eventually everyone was in sight and, as AT1 carried on leading the pride on their morning stroll, the guinea fowl continued to vocalise as the lions slowly disappeared from view.
Slowly the team followed the pride through ‘Camp’ and into ‘Etosha’ as the morning temperature started to rise, until eventually they all came to a stop and one by one took their positions for another long hot restful day.
Nala (left) and AS4 (right)
About the Ngamo Lion Release Site
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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