A family that eats together stays together
June 7 2013

AS4

AS4

The (somewhat) warmer morning of the 3rd of June found a rather scattered Ngamo pride dotted around the Tree Tops, Valley and Hwange areas of the release site. The research team first discovered the Narnia, Nala, Kwali and AT1 resting in the dense bush of the Hwange near the remains of a zebra kill that Kwali had made the previous day. Narnia, who was tucking into her breakfast, was eagerly observed by AT1 some meters away. The temptation proved too strong and AT1 hesitantly moved towards the meal. Edging closer she crouched down next to Narnia and began to feed. Narnia, unfazed, nonchalantly continued her meal and the two munched away companionably.

Kwali, who had been resting with Nala some distance away from the feasting pair decided it was time to move and meandered up the hill of Route 66 and onto Forest Drive North. The inquisitive research team followed her as she made her way into Tree Tops and out of sight.

Further along Forest Drive, Kenge, AS4 and KE4 were discovered quietly tucking into a wildebeest kill presumably made early that morning. Once Kenge had had her fill she wondered off in the direction waterhole 3, closely followed by daughter KE4. Crows and vultures in numbers had spotted the carcass and their presence prompted Ashanti’s cub to move it to safety, hiding it in a nearby thicket. Once she had managed to stow the carcass to her satisfaction, she scanned the sky to check there were no other intruders around and returned to her unfinished meal.

AS4 drags the carcass away from prying eyes

AS4 drags the carcass to safety

On the morning of the 4th the research team discovered Kenge and her two cubs enjoying a family breakfast in the long grass just behind waterhole 3. As KE3 and KE4 munched away at a wildebeest carcass, mother Kenge rested in a deep slumber near the feasting pair despite the deep bellowing roars of Narnia in the distance.  KE4 moved off to have a quick drink of water before cuddling up to mom and falling asleep. Kwali joined her sister and nieces and, indifferent to the wildebeest on offer, joined them in the long grass for a snooze.

Kenge sleeps whilst her cubs feast

Kenge, KE3 and KE4

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