Silence of the Impala
August 22 2014

On the morning of 14th of August the lions were scattered in the Tree Tops area of Ngamo, making it difficult to take data.  When the research team came into the site again in the afternoon, two impala were seen running around near one of the water holes in the area of the lions' last known location.  AT1 looked on...

AT1

Milo came out of nowhere and took down one of the impalas by himself.  Two of his daughters, AT1 and KE4, stood and watched their old man get a meal for himself.  KE4 made a run for it trying to get a share of the kill, but Milo wouldn’t have it; he grabbed hold of the carcass and held on while growling.  KE4 snuck in and got hold of what she could.  While Milo was still holding on and growling, his daughter was sneakily eating away  - but she was rumbled.  Milo realised what was happening and had had enough of his cheeky daughter, taking the carcass away with him and away from KE4.  

Milo

The next morning the research team found the females and the sub-adults all resting in a food coma in the Kruger area.  It looked like they were done eating for a few days; stuffed, with no more room to eat.  There was a commotion in the thicket nearby and Phyre went to go investigate. A half hour went by and Phyre did not come back.  Then, everyone heard a call over the other side of a large ant hill.  The lions were now running to the sound of an impala distress call.  (KE4 pictured below).

KE4

The research team found the lions with Phyre in the midst of snacking on yet another impala.  On the 19th and 20th there were five kills in 24 hours.  Nala clearly had one to herself because her belly was protruding and swinging as she walked.  But this didn’t stop her, and the morning of the 20th, the research team witnessed her kill yet another impala that was injured.  Throughout the week, AT1, KE3, and KE4 have made kills with the rest of the pride running on these opportunities. 

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