We’ve just heard our principle researcher for the Matusadona Lion Project had their first sighting of lions yesterday since arriving last week – and what a sighting!
The afternoon was spent watching, documenting and photographing a group of two lionesses, one sub-adult male and two female cubs. All appeared to be in good condition and high spirited as they enjoyed a playful afternoon under cool cloud cover.
The dynamic of the group suggested the older lioness was perhaps mother of all others present, whilst the younger lioness is thought to be the mother of the youngest cub. Reports from late last year suggest this group belongs to a pride of about thirteen, but this sighting of a larger group did consist of many young cubs, which may not have survived.
This sighting is a very promising start to the project and has provided our research with invaluable data in the first week.