A tough job, but someone has to do it
October 9 2017
Being downwind from the Dambwa pride after a meal is never a good idea.
Follow the Leader
September 28 2017
Where Rusha goes, the rest of the Dambwa pride usually follow.
All she needs is love
September 12 2017
Lately, it's all about the love for 'social glue' Rusha, as grooming sessions with other females in the pride become her favoured pastime.
Like Father, Like Son
August 23 2017
RS2 is looking more and more like father Zulu every day.
Sticks and stones…and bones!
August 4 2017
The past couple of weeks has seen the sub-adult males of the pride go a little crazy with object play.
Social time and the mysterious egg
July 20 2017
The past few weeks have seen the Dambwa pride relax and dedicate some time to increasing their social bonds, all except for one morning when an egg was discovered!
Playbacks and long grass…
July 7 2017
As the RS sub-adults reach adulthood, the research team has been busy with a study looking into lion personality. However, the long grass and thick vegetation certainly makes any research a challenge!
Age is just a number
June 26 2017
The cooler weather has brought out the playful side of some of the Dambwa pride adults.
When the adults are away, the sub-adults come out to play!
June 9 2017
RS3 shows her brother that when it comes to unwanted play behaviour, sometimes enough is enough!
Fun and games
May 25 2017
This past month the sub-adults of the Dambwa pride have been showing more independence with the research team finding them away from the adults, but what mischief have they been getting up to?
An Easter feast and discipline from dad
May 2 2017
After the Easter break, the pride was found in a food coma; when sometimes keeping your distance from dad is a good idea!
April 19 2017
As temperatures start to drop in Zambia, the Dambwa sub-adults have been busy playing; however, it is not all fun and games!
Doves and Friendships
April 5 2017
While doves provide a distraction to a young huntress, the bonds between siblings continues to grow.
Funny Faces and Lion Puddles
March 16 2017
Alongside serious data collection, the behaviour of the Dambwa pride does give our research team some laughs.
For the love of trees and birds
February 22 2017
This month, the Dambwa pride have been occupied with bird watching and hugging trees.
A new year, an old challenge!
February 9 2017
With daily storms and heavy rain, the Dambwa release site has become a rally car driver’s dream!
January 4 2017
With the new 2016 social dynamics chart complete, it is obvious that some members of the Dambwa pride in Zambia are not shy about picking favorites.
The King, the Queen, and the Prince
December 19 2016
With two dominant parents, RS2 is beginning to gain his own status within the Dambwa pride.
A Tale of Two Brothers
November 30 2016
As 2016 nears its end, ALERT’s research team has been watching the increasingly strong bond between brothers LE1 and LE3.
November 16 2016
RS1 proves to the rest of the Dambwa pride that size isn't everything when it comes to gaining a little respect.
Following Kwandi’s Lead
October 24 2016
It was a case of 'Follow my Leader' for Kwandi from the rest of the Dambwa pride recently, and she did not appear to mind one bit.
October 10 2016
Changes in the dynamics between Zulu and his three sons continue to provide interesting insights into pride life in Dambwa.
Sniffing in the Wrong Direction
September 1 2016
There were two distinct camps within the Dambwa pride recently, when the LE sub-adults decided to spend the day with their favourite auntie.
A Question of Character
August 16 2016
Statistical analysis of recent research to assess distinct character traits within the Dambwa pride is expected to show that individual lions have differing reactions to various animal calls.
The day Zulu woke up on the wrong side of the grass
August 2 2016
With the head of the pride in a grumpy mood, the Dambwa lions were keen to keep their distance. But for new 'favourite' Leya, that wasn't to be an option.
Gossip in the Dambwa Forest
July 26 2016
There have been a few changes in who is 'friends' with who within the Dambwa pride lately.
In the thicket of it
June 28 2016
Three of the Dambwa release pride females have had a date with the vet this month.
Something in the Air
June 14 2016
We'll never know what it was, but something in the air certainly caught the attention of our Dambwa pride members the other day.
Lost and Found
May 26 2016
With only 11 lions to be seen, our research team knew that one female from the Dambwa pride was keeping a low profile.
Lights, Camera, ACTION!
May 12 2016
Scavenge opportunities have provided the BBC’s Natural History Unit with footage to show how the Dambwa pride interact when there’s food around - proving that RS2 is prepared to hold his ground against Zulu when he has to.
Find the Pride
April 27 2016
While the RS sub-adults were full of life, the rest of the Dambwa pride made spotting them no easy task for our research team recently.
Getting a Move On
April 18 2016
As the temperatures begin to cool down after the rainy season, and now with winter on its way, the Dambwa pride has started to become more active.
The One True King of Dambwa
March 29 2016
Zulu rules Dambwa, with relations thawing with the prince
Bringing Out the Inner Cub
February 22 2016
Kela has been embracing her inner cub, much to the interest of the curious LE3.
Lion vs Bitis arietans!
February 9 2016
An unexpected visitor in Dambwa has taught RS1 a lesson she won't forget in a hurry.
Hidden in plain sight
January 29 2016
It's not always just the research team who have trouble locating lions in our Dambwa release pride.
Caught in the Trees
January 14 2016
LE1 has been discovering that what goes up, can sometimes struggle to come back down again.
An Early Christmas Present in Dambwa
January 5 2016
On Christmas Eve, the Dambwa research team discovered that RS1 had found herself an unusual Christmas present and wasn't about to share it.
The Dambwa Pride React to a New Intrusion
December 7 2015
Despite their fearsome reputation, lions are naturally cautious creatures, and deal with anything novel in their territory carefully.
A Mark of Independence
November 19 2015
It was the 9th of November when the research team first noticed a new phenomenon within the Dambwa Pride.
Wondering Where the Lions Are
November 4 2015
On the 20thof October the research team arrived into the Dambwa lion release site on a crisp morning. The lions had recently been given a scavenging opportunity, meaning they could be hiding in the thickets trying to sleep off their meal.
Sleepless in Dambwa
October 9 2015
On the 2nd of October it seemed to be one of those days that could be a lazy one. The lions were in Kariba lounging under a couple of trees; squeezing into any possible shade available.
Dambwa Blog: 18 September 2015
September 21 2015
Sunday 13th of September saw Leya, and the young LEs, in Sahara finishing off what remained of a scavenge provided for the pride the previous day.
Dambwa Blog: September
September 14 2015
After many weeks of increasingly stifling weather conditions and very little movement from the pride, conditions finally broke on the 4th of September with overcast skies and cooler temperatures; perfect lion watching conditions.
Zulu Gets A Spanking
August 24 2015
It’s been a pretty eventful time in Dambwa, once again with the RS sub-adults bearing the brunt of some of these events.
A Meal in the Air
August 17 2015
We initially found RS1 and RS3 in the company of Kwandi and Loma on the morning of the 25th of July. Radio collar signals suggested the rest of the pride were close by, but out of sight. RS1 soon spotted something, which turned out to be her brother,
Tense times as the Dambwa cubs are becoming sub-adults
July 28 2015
On the 14th of July we found some of the lions ambling across Kariba, initially in a sub-grouping of Loma, Rusha, Kela, RS1, RS3 and Zulu. Within a few minutes we could hear another lion to our North West roaring – which immediately set Loma and Ru
Winter Lion Watch
July 14 2015
If ever there was a time for lion watching, winter is it.
Winter Antics in Dambwa
June 26 2015
It may be a slight exaggeration to say that winter’s arrival has totally transformed the Dambwa pride; however, there certainly have been some interesting developments in Dambwa that have helped the research team wave goodbye to the long, slow summ
A change in season
May 28 2015
Over the last few weeks the first signs of winter have slowly, but surely, started to creep into the release site. With the mornings becoming increasingly cooler, we have started to observe a slight shift and increase in liveliness in the pride. Neve
A boy of many guises
May 14 2015
As one of the youngest cubs in the pride, LE3 is already noted as quite a master of reinvention and, in his mere 15-month life-span, he has sifted through quite a couple of different guises.
Zulu - from Nervous Cub to Leader of Dambwa
May 7 2015
Zulu began his journey as a nervous cub that was, as some would say, afraid of his own shadow. It may have been difficult then to picture this little ball of fur as the mighty leader of the Dambwa release pride.
May 7 2015
With her charismatic nature fulfilling such an integral role within the group, there was never any doubt that Kela would form part of the Dambwa pride. It was in August 2011 that, along with her sister Kwandi, and her half-sisters, Rusha, Leya and Lo
Tension between the Dambwa Males
April 23 2015
The evolving relationship between Zulu and RS2 has been a dominant factor in Dambwa for the last few months; this has become particularly prominent towards the end of March into early April. RS2 is now approaching 22 months old, which is still a litt
Dambwa: Awaiting an Ambush
April 17 2015
On the 28th February, we found the pride in two groups, this was very exciting as this does not often happen. It was also rather useful, as the first group we came across was completely hidden from view. We first encountered Zulu, Kela and Rusha –
Dambwa Cubs Finding Their Feet
March 6 2015
While all of the cubs are still developing their roles within the pride, LE1’s position has been very obvious for a long time now- thanks to his mother’s affections.
Growing up isn't always fun for the Dambwa cubs
February 18 2015
On 12th February, the lions had made life a little easier for us than they had the previous week and selected an area of relatively short and flattened grass in which to congregate first thing that morning. This allowed us the first decent-ish view o
Zulu Throws a Tantrum
February 9 2015
The following day everyone had shifted to Puku Dambo. Even though they were no longer in the bushes, the tall grass made it just as difficult to ID individuals and discern exactly what was going on when they did interact. One individual who is of cou
Calm before the storm
January 2 2015
An update from the Dambwa Release Site.
December 13 2014
The rains arrive just in time to Dambwa to cool some frayed tempers
Whether the weather be fine or not
November 27 2014
... the pride seems to have a fondness for Pan 2
Temi removed from Dambwa pride
November 11 2014
Recently we have had to take the necessary step of removing the lioness Temi from the Dambwa release site
Don't go near the water...
October 23 2014
RS3 has a terrible experience when she learns what lurks beneath
Kela and Rusha lead the way
October 9 2014
Despite not being the pride's most prolific hunters, it's Kela and Rusha who kick-start a heat-stroked pride into action
A month to remember
August 28 2014
An important milestone rounds out a busy month in Dambwa
An education for the RS cubs
July 29 2014
The RS cubs are starting to practice what aunt Temi showed them
A fresh start
July 1 2014
The Dambwa pride pulls together
From calm to chaos
June 17 2014
After a sedate start to the month things start heating up in Dambwa
No rest for the wicked
May 20 2014
Despite their best efforts the Dambwa pride are afforded no peace
Latest footage from Dambwa
April 22 2014
Enjoy the latest film of interactions within the Dambwa pride
April 14 2014
The young LE cubs show the RSs they may be small but they're no pushovers
When the two litters of cubs met
March 16 2014
Rusha's cubs get to know their new playmates
Lucky number 13
March 12 2014
It might be unlucky for some, but 13 is definitely Dambwa's winning number
Nice tush, Temi
March 2 2014
Temi's rear end leads the way
If at first you don't succeed...
February 2 2014
Perseverance pays off in Dambwa
January 24 2014
The annual change in underway in Dambwa
Is someone having a bad day?
January 10 2014
Perhaps Tuesday isn't his favourite day of the week... whatever the reason, the cubs need to learn when to give Zulu a wide berth!
Zulu's sky high
December 31 2013
The arrival of the rains mean Dambwa's pride male gets to indulge in a favoured past time
Don't tell mum the babysitter's... asleep
December 11 2013
An unenthusiastic Kela is left sitting Rusha's babies...
A new technique
December 3 2013
Kela experiments with a novel approach to catching zebra
November 20 2013
The bar is about to close for RS1, 2 and 3
RS3 gets some tips
November 14 2013
At four months old, RS3 is already showing interest in how to go about catching dinner...
The RS cubs flourish
November 8 2013
It's a time of uncertainty in Dambwa, but Rusha's cubs go from strength to strength
A sprinkling of rain gets the pride moving
October 18 2013
A light shower triggers brings a bit of action to Dambwa
The elusive Kela
October 11 2013
It's been a long few weeks of waiting in Dambwa...
Fourteen weeks in the making
September 26 2013
If like us you can't get enough of the Dambwa cubs, here's a round-up of their story so far...
Rusha and Zulu get to grips with parenthood
September 25 2013
With their cubs integrated into the pride, Rusha and Zulu's bundles of joy overwhelm the Dambwa pride
What goes up has difficulty coming back down
September 5 2013
Zulu joins the roll call of lions shamed by vegetation
Joining the pride
August 21 2013
After several weeks spent hidden away, Rusha's cubs are now making their presence known
And then there were 10
July 28 2013
The population in Dambwa grows...
A time of change
July 27 2013
Things are changing in Dambwa - and the pride are learning to adapt to the new conditions of pride life
June 30 2013
Indications suggest that Zulu has fulfilled his role as leader of the pride
A fiery start to June gets Zulu's passions burning
June 20 2013
The pride's male isn't letting one of his girls out of his sight
May 26 2013
The pride have the puku in their sights
On the march
May 13 2013
As winter approaches the pride suddenly find a little energy
Rowing with the neighbours
April 12 2013
The Dambwa pride have a few things they'd like to sat
The scavenger gets scavenged
April 6 2013
An uninvited dinner guest probably wishes he'd dined elsewhere...
March 14 2013
Tempers flare in Dambwa
Hi... Remeber us?
March 1 2013
A catch up with the Dambwa pride
Rain, rain go away...
January 2 2013
And it does for New Year's Eve in Dambwa
Zulu - the mighty klutz
December 17 2012
There's a reason the girls do the hunting!
Happy Anniversary Big Man!
December 11 2012
Zulu reaches his one year anniversary with the Dambwa pride
A little water never hurt anyone
November 29 2012
The rainy season is here and reviving the Dambwa pride, and the site
Kwandi shows her mettle
October 25 2012
The pride's boldest member leads the way
October 22 2012
A little respite in the hot weather sends the lions into hiding
A heated encounter
October 8 2012
As temperatures rise, Leya gets a little flustered...
The quiet before the storm
October 2 2012
After a peaceful week in Dambwa the pride get a rude awakening
VIDEO: Dambwa's courting couple
September 25 2012
Three short clips of the social life within the Dambwa pride as Zulu and Kela begin their mating ritual
New territory for the Dambwa pride
September 24 2012
The young pride batten down the hatches and endure the social turmoil of a courting couple for the first time...
September 12 2012
A hearty meal for the Dambwa pride leads to some rather bad table manners
A missed opportunity…
August 28 2012
The females of the Dambwa pride celebrate their one year anniversary in the only way a lion can. But in all that excitement an opportunity slips through their paws.
VIDEO: Dambwa Pride (August)
August 20 2012
Two films from within the Dambwa release site
There’s something about Kela
August 20 2012
Zulu tries his luck...
Is Zulu losing his touch?
August 11 2012
Has the big lad's vulture following skills left him? If so, Temi seems prepared to pick up the baton.
August 3 2012
It’s been a bit of a funny old week in Dambwa...
Growing pains: The making of a pride male
July 27 2012
With adulthood, comes new responsibilities and with this, the introduction of a new repertoire of behaviours
Never say no to a freebie
July 17 2012
The Dambwa pride follow the vultures to a free meal, giving our team a chance to observe the developing dynamics of the pride
Vacancy: Dambwa pride seek new secretary
July 16 2012
The Dambwa pride encounter a new species
Loma takes a playful break from a walk
July 1 2012
The Dambwa pride take a march through the release site, but take a break for a playful moment
What’s that smell?
June 25 2012
A tell-tale stink from the Dambwa pride hint at their recent activities
Is that a bird? Is it a plane? NO, ITS A LION !!??!
June 18 2012
Zulu leaps from above resulting in Kwandi's face and the ground coming into a quick and inevitable conflict
Tracking the pride
June 16 2012
Evidence suggests the pride are motoring around on their own
VIDEO: A Dambwa Roar
June 12 2012
The Dambwa pride come together for a rousing chorus
Zulu brings home the bacon
June 9 2012
The pride male stops birdwatching long enough to provide for his family.
VIDEO: Dambwa Pride
June 9 2012
Three films inside the Dambwa release site
Water is the spice of life
June 2 2012
The Dambwa pride squabble over the fresh water
A rousing start to the morning
June 1 2012
A roar rings out across Dambwa which starts a rousing chorus from the pride
May 28 2012
As the Dambwa pride move through their newly burnt release site, improved visuals are available to our research team
How about we all just meet at Waterpan 3?
May 26 2012
The Dambwa pride females celebrate 9 months of release into stage two
Fire, quills and noses
May 22 2012
The Dambwa pride members get a painful life lesson
May 15 2012
One of the youngest females in the pride continues her dominant rise
Kela senses something in the grass
April 18 2012
Temi and Zulu watch as Kela creeps off after .... who knows?
Winter is coming to Dambwa
April 6 2012
With the mornings becoming chillier we anticipate a more active pride
April 1 2012
Kela and Kwandi vie to be close to pride male Zulu
Going round in circles
March 27 2012
Temi & Rusha take the helm of a Dambwa pride march
Life in a pioneering lion pride: Dambwa
March 17 2012
A blog that brings you the story of life in the Dambwa release pride