As the temperatures begin to cool down after the rainy season, and now with winter on its way, the Dambwa pride has started to become more active.
On the 13th of April the research team drove into the Dambwa release site to find the pride sun bathing in the cool morning air in the Chobe area. After Zulu moved to a shady spot, the rest of the pride started a grooming session. However, Zulu did not linger, and soon moved through the grooming pride members and started heading west towards the Puku Dambo area. After a few minutes had passed the rest of the pride realized their fearless leader had disappeared and quickly jumped up, trotting after the boss. The research team followed as far as to the junction between the Bwizu and Puku Dambo areas. Here the lions paused for a break under a small canopy of trees as the sun started to rise. Clearly it was time for their midmorning nap!
At the start of the next research session the team found them in the same spot, all crammed under the smallest bit of shade. Again, Zulu seemed restless. He stretched, greeted all three of his sons, and started off in the direction of one of the water pans. This time when the adult females jumped up to follow, the research team heard playful growls that sounded like Loma and Kwandi might be greeting Zulu. Kwandi came back to the rest of the pride as if to round up the troops for their next movement.
Sure enough the pride headed straight for the water pan and settled in the shade close by once more. While the females were drinking, Zulu contently parked himself next to LE1 as they both smelled the afternoon air.