It was quite a bleak day in Ngamo on the 18th. It began with a rescue operation as, following a huge downpour of rain, the research vehicle became stuck in the mud leaving the research team somewhat disgruntled. Once the foundering vehicle had been rescued from its muddy dip the team were back on track and continued with locating the pride.
For the first part the pride were nowhere to be found and, rather suspiciously, the number of zebra in one of the herds was also down by one, making it highly likely that the missing lions and zebra were probably going to be found together. Eventually the pride was located in the Etosha area of the site and, as expected, all lay scattered about with large bellies not too far away from the remains of the missing zebra. The afternoon soon turned into evening and the more mature members of the pride continued to sleep whilst the cubs tussled with each other amongst mini growls and paws waving about in the air.
AT1 watches the younger cubs play
As the dark clouds continued to hang over Ngamo AT1 rose to her paws and left the pride resting, wandering alone towards Route 66 that runs through the middle of the Ngamo release site. Soon the rest of the pride was awake and began their evening chorus, letting out roars that would be heard for miles around. As Milo, Phyre, Nala, Narnia, Kenge, Kwali and Ashanti all joined in one by one our research team watched AT1 curiously as she continued on her independent stroll. And then it happened; AT1 paused, turned slightly toward the rest of the pride.... and roared! Her first, full-throated, adult stylee, roar ever to be witnessed by our research team. As AT1 reaches maturity by the day this is a hugely exciting and momentous occasion in the young lioness’ life. And with all members of our team feeling extremely proud, AT1 turned what started off as a rather dismal day in Ngamo into a very special one indeed.