Whatever the weather
October 23 2014

Over the past week the elements have played a part in the levels activity of the lions.  The temperatures in Ngamo have begun to rise and the pride has succumbed to the heat by lazing for the majority of their day, scattered among the long grass. 

Ngamo pride

By midday on the 12th of October they had taken to shade and were blissfully resting.  That was until a dust devil, a whirlwind of air carrying dust and debris, came swirling through the area sparking each of the lions to raise their head; looking around them at the weather phenomenon.

Phyre, Ashanti & KE3

Phyre, Ashanti & KE4 woken by wind

On the 15th as they spent the warm morning scattered in the long grass of Amboseli the pride’s peace and quiet was again disturbed but this time it was by a noisy group of guinea fowl feeding on the ground nearby.  Straight away KE3 was up on her paws and she crept through the grass towards the birds.  KE3’s behaviour seemed to make AT1 curious and by the time KE3 had chosen to make her move AT1 was also ready to pounce and the two pride mates went bounding through the grass sending the birds flying off in a flurry of panic and squawking.  The lionesses returned to rest but the guinea fowl continued to vocalise their distaste of the whole episode from the trees above. 

By the 16th the weather had changed again to a cool overcast day and by early afternoon the rain had made an appearance.  It prompted the lions to shift from their rest and take a walk through the release site but, as usual, AS4 and AS5 lagged behind.  As the pride made their procession through the Masai Mara area, AS5 took the opportunity to play and he tapped at AS4’s ankles who then rolled to the ground and the pair gently pawed at each other before moving off to catch up with the rest of the pride. 

AS5 & AS4
 

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