The beginning of October brought a swift change in the temperature of the weather, so changeable in fact that it took the research team, and no doubt the lions, a little by surprise.
On a cool crisp morning of the 7th, the research team located the pride resting comfortably in ‘Amboseli’. However, by mid-morning, the temperature had risen significantly and the lions spent their time moving in and out of shade as they waved between feeling too hot and then cooling down; much to the envy of the team who were observing from the stifling cab of the research vehicle.
But by late afternoon, almost as quickly as the temperature had risen that day, dark grey thunderclouds moved in and loomed overhead, forks of lightning streaked in the distance, and then the rain began to fall. When the team returned to perform their last session of the day, the pride had shifted to ‘Etosha’, most likely in response to the cooler climate. A grooming session soon ensued and while Ashanti and AS4, and Kwali and her niece KE3 enjoyed a bit of bonding, the team hurriedly recorded all the action.
KE3 and Kwali
KE3, Nala, Phyre, KE4, and Ashanti
AS4 and KE3 enjoying a break from the heat
The rain continued for the next couple of days, albeit some days were just a drizzle but, by the 10th, the clouds had moved on and the sun was back in full force. The pride once again returned to sleeping the day away until the sun began to set and it was time to head to the waterhole to rehydrate. All that sleeping was obviously thirsty work!
At the waterhole
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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