Meet Phyre, The Ngamo Pride Alpha-Female
March 26 2015
It is amazing to see where having good social skills can take you. In Phyre’s case, it has helped this friendly lioness climb to the top of the dominance ladder in the Ngamo Release Site.
March 12 2015
The morning of the 10th was overcast, with the sun only breaking through the cloud on occasion. Once again we came across the pride in Camp; they lay scattered across the area seeking out the brief opportunities to bask in the intermittent sunshine;
Eat, Sleep, Repeat
February 26 2015
Over the past two weeks the Ngamo pride has spent their time doing exactly what cats do best; eat, sleep and then repeat again.
February 13 2015
AS5 gets up to all kinds of mischief in the Ngamo release site
February 3 2015
Over the past couple of weeks the release site has begun to show the benefit of the rains and has been transformed from the patchy, sandy coloured, dry scrub to lush green grassland.
Giving The Game Away
January 17 2015
It is often said that male lions do not tend to do a great deal of hunting but this is not necessarily always the case.The research team eagerly awaited Milo’s next move and after a few moments of watching the impala
Ngamo Update - Snatch!
January 8 2015
Suddenly, a ‘bleating’ noise was heard from within the shrubs and KE4 spun around quickly, vigilant to the unmistakable sound of an animal in distress.
Who Let the Dogs Out?
January 1 2015
The first time the Ngamo pride hear the sound of wild dogs. How did they react?
Ngamo Update - I am sure that I forgot something
December 19 2014
An update and summary of observations from the Ngamo Release Site.
The Circle of Life
December 15 2014
Life and death are an integral part of life in Africa's wild places.
Sorry Sir a Lion Ate My Homework
December 7 2014
If ever there was an award-winning excuse for not handing in your fieldwork then this is it.
November 30 2014
KE3 is found looking nervous. The cause is soon discovered.
The Pride Adjust to Changing Conditions
November 27 2014
As the seasons change the Ngamo pride adjusts to the prevailing conditions
Rain Stops Play Or Not
November 19 2014
The first storms of the season soak Ngamo, but the lions are unfazed and engage in play time.
Spur of the moment
November 9 2014
The past week or so in Ngamo has been dominated by, well, dominance.
Favours or Fiesty
October 31 2014
AS4 makes a kill, but there are other eyes interested in her prize.
Whatever the weather
October 23 2014
The Ngamo pride deal with the elements in their own way
Impala 2 Lions 0
October 12 2014
AT1 and Nala are out for a meal, yet both are outsmarted by the impala of Ngamo.
Silence of the Impala
August 22 2014
The Ngamo pride gorge themselves on impala
Up in the trees
August 16 2014
AS4 retreats to the trees to avoid her brother's playful intentions
Back and Forth
August 3 2014
The research team are bewildered by the comings and goings of the Ngamo pride
Early Morning Pursuit
July 28 2014
Nala flattened herself against the ground, still as a log and not blinking...
Huddling Against Winter
July 21 2014
July is the month of freezing mornings and mild days, and it takes an effect on everyone, even the lions.
Posing and Practising
June 30 2014
AS4 gets in some impala hunting practise whilst her siblings pose for photos
June 19 2014
The Ngamo sub-adults have been particularly frisky this week
Hop, skip and a mongoose
June 7 2014
AS4 takes on a tricky critter whilst KE3 engages dad in a play bout.
Time with Dad
May 30 2014
AS5 enjoys some bonding time with his father, Milo, but takes it too far.
An Act of Pride Rock
May 22 2014
The sub-adults in the pride take turns in recreating some Lion King moments
A Swift Take Down
May 4 2014
AT1 takes steps to provide a meal for the pride
The Solo Job
April 24 2014
AT1 leaves the pride for some solo hunting
A Vanishing Act
April 8 2014
The Ngamo pride disappear in an instant; but what has prompted this vanishing act?
A Family Affair
March 26 2014
The AS family reunite after time apart
Silent but Deadly
March 15 2014
Nala makes a sneaky kill
Trying new things with fun along the way
February 21 2014
AS5 tries to get comfortable in Phyre's throne, whilst AT1 tries to catch the invisible
A game of cat and impala
February 16 2014
The Ngamo sub-adults continue their education with a game of chase with the local impala herds
A formidable sight
January 28 2014
AS5 gets intimidated by the Ngamo pride females
Just before closing time
January 26 2014
As the research team leave Ngamo for the day, an almighty ruckus is heard from within the site.
AT1 at Three
January 20 2014
The first born cub of the Ngamo pride turns three years old
A Prince at Christmas
December 29 2013
Ngamo's prince, AS5 has a typical Christmas of dinner, a little bit of social time and a nap to sleep it all off.
Some Father – Son time
December 21 2013
Milo and AS5 enjoy a male bonding session
The Ngamo Olympics
December 15 2013
The Ngamo pride are playin' in the rain
Impala, play dates and tree houses
December 12 2013
Who gets to play in Phyre's tree house?
The Great Impala Escape
December 4 2013
In a period of intense hunting, one impala makes a miraculous escape.
Practice Makes Perfect
November 19 2013
The Ngamo cubs keep practising their hunting skills. We also give an update on Narnia's condition.
Footage of AT1's impala hunt
November 18 2013
Watch Ngamo's first-born cub make an unassisted hunt
AT1 makes a successful solo hunt
November 14 2013
Ngamo's sub-adult continue to develop their hunting skills
When Dad Goes-a-Hunting
November 7 2013
Our research team are treated to an Ngamo phenomenon - a successful kill by pride male Milo
KE3's Zebra Kill Video
November 1 2013
KE3, with the help of aunt Kwali and sister KE4 subdue a zebra
Ngamo's sub-adults prove what they have learnt
October 27 2013
KE3 proves her hunting prowess
Looking for impala
October 25 2013
The Ngamo pride focus their attentions on the impala in the release site
Still her mother's daughter
October 14 2013
AS4 shows she is still very much her mother's daughter with a bit of social licking
Under summer rains
October 2 2013
The pride enjoy the relief from the heat brought by the early rain
Nala reaches out and AS5 grabs a peek
September 22 2013
Nala enjoys a good licking from alpha female Phyre whilst AS5 climbs high for a better view
In the shadow of cub hill
September 17 2013
The Ngamo cubs express their growing independence in the pride with a bit of dominance based play
Signs of independence
September 1 2013
As the Ngamo cubs become increasingly independent, KE4 is given a lesson in pride dynamics by her mother
Right time, right place
August 22 2013
Milo takes advantage of Kwali's hard work
August 21 2013
Ashanti seeks solitude from the madding crowd
Seriously, just don't mess with her
August 6 2013
Know this, any lion that tries to get between Phyre and a meal had better beware
Defender of the pride
July 26 2013
Milo stands ready to protect the Ngamo pride
AT1 is on the prowl
July 12 2013
The vets pay a visit to Ngamo and AT1 joins the 'K' sisters to try for a stripy meal
Sleeping beauties become playful sprites
July 4 2013
The cubs play, Narnia makes progress and Phyre turns eight years old
Special Update: Narnia
June 30 2013
We would like to advise you of health problems for Narnia
Room for one more mouthful
June 19 2013
The Ngamo pride fill their tummies on zebra meat
When a cold wind blows
May 20 2013
AS4 & AS5 discover some bones to amuse them in a chilly Ngamo
AS4 creates a scuffle
May 9 2013
The youngest female of the pride shows once again that she is able to hold her own
Snuggling together for warmth
April 26 2013
The pride get closer as winter begins to grip Ngamo
Kenge & Kwali go in search of lunch
April 17 2013
The K sisters head off alone to find food for the pride
A reluctant stay at home dad
March 28 2013
Milo fails to shake off his baby-sitting duties
AS4 makes a risky decision
March 22 2013
The young female decides to surprise her dad
Running in Circles
March 10 2013
Nala keeps the cubs on the run, closely followed by her sister
Hunters and Gatherers
March 6 2013
The cubs learn an important lesson in sourcing food, and AS5 shows he is taking after dad
February 25 2013
Ashanti, Kenge and AT1 are paid a visit from the vet
Love is in the air
February 22 2013
Milo and Narnia escape from the crowd
The Fab Four's away day
February 20 2013
The Ngamo cubs fly solo
Double kill at cub hill
February 13 2013
AS5 is a chip off the old block at meal times
Anyone seen Phyre? And later, has anyone seen anyone?
January 30 2013
The pride go in search of the alpha female before Ashanti loses sight of everyone
A coming of age story
January 20 2013
The first wild-borne cub in the lion release program is two years old today.
Roaring with Pride
January 19 2013
AT1's outburst fills our research team with pride
Now Milo, Share!
January 16 2013
As the beginning weeks of January unfold the weather has continued to be changeable and, with rain showers occurring most days, there has been an air of playfulness amongst the pride.
Hold Your Paws!
January 11 2013
AT1 is rapidly becoming an independent member of the Ngamo pride, but her hunting skills still need time to develop
Little Lion Man Lost
December 31 2012
Will AS5 find the rest of the pride in time for Christmas? KE3 meantime takes another step in her life as a lion.
December 25 2012
‘Tis the season to be..... social.
Narnia the Flirty Feline
December 24 2012
A mysterious watcher looks over Milo as he sleeps
Remains of the Day
December 19 2012
After a week of feasting, the Ngamo pride put on a show of unity for a classic pride photo
A Birthday Fit for a King
December 13 2012
We give you the inside scoop on this very royal occasion
All Phyre’d Up
December 9 2012
The alpha female continues to take a more active role in feeding faces of folk as the season of over-indulgence arrives in Ngamo
In the cold November rains
November 30 2012
As the grey skies of the rains take hold over Ngamo, even our pride male seeks out the warmth only family can bring
Milo, Watch Your Back!
November 23 2012
The pride male should keep an eye out behind him, his daughter is up to no good!
The Odd Couple
November 16 2012
Phyre and Kwali are becoming closer
A birthday bash ... or three
November 12 2012
A look at how the birthday girls and boy spent their special days
AS4 and AS5 are one
November 4 2012
A very happy birthday to the Ngamo pride's youngest cubs.
Look whose stalking
October 31 2012
Ashanti, Phyre and AT1 give us a perfect demonstration of what cats do best
October 25 2012
Ever since cats have been cats they have made catching birds a priority pastime.
Rainy days and Sundays
October 19 2012
A rainbow hangs over the Ngamo pride, and they discover that eleven lions under one small bush is never going to work.
Milo gives his son special treatment
October 16 2012
AS5 is allowed a second sitting, a privilege not given to other family members, but the result is a belly fit to burst.
Narnia & Milo stick together
October 12 2012
As a University of Utrecht student commences a study of territorial behaviour in the pride, Narnia & Milo seem to be forming a new relationship.
A double celebration
October 9 2012
As Kenge's cubs turn a year old,KE3 comes out of her shell
KE3 & KE4 are one
October 4 2012
Today we celebrate the one year birthday of two beautiful girls
Just Lion Around
September 30 2012
As the temperatures rise in Ngamo, so do the tempers
Rise to the occasion
September 27 2012
The pride, including the growing cubs, respond to a playback test.
AT1 leads the hunt
September 19 2012
The oldest cub in the pride leads her more experienced pride members into the hunt
Kwali drools over the possibility of a meal
September 14 2012
Whilst Kwali gets excited about the zebra, Narnia is on the receiving end of Milo's dominance
KE3 tries out her hunting chops
September 11 2012
AT1 and Narnia take over the hunt from KE3
Anyone fancy a dip?
September 4 2012
As the weather heats up in Ngamo, KE3 and KE4 make a splash
An anniversary meal - or three
September 2 2012
The pride's females mark two years since their release
Milo wakes up in a grumpy and possessive mood
August 28 2012
Whilst Milo protects the last remains of the most recent kill, the cubs climb every ant-hill to survey their home.
VIDEO: Pride life
August 27 2012
In two beautiful films we see the pride interacting around a waterhole. Recently fed, the podgy cubs still engage in play, also involving one of their aunts - Narnia. In another moment Phyre and Kenge have a little disagreement
VIDEO: The Ngamo pride on a kill
August 26 2012
A few films of the Ngamo pride interacting around kill sites
VIDEO: Milo roars and Narnia at a waterhole
August 25 2012
Milo stands over a kill and proclaims that it is his whilst Narnia takes a quiet sip from a waterhole
AS4 is quite prepared to fight for her right.
August 22 2012
The smallest member of the pride shows she is more than capable of looking after herself, and has the belly to prove it.
A silent and deadly force
August 19 2012
Kwali, under cover of darkness, makes a stealthy kill
August 15 2012
After a two week break from zebra for dinner the Ngamo pride mount a devastating charge against the species
AT1 goes solo
August 10 2012
The oldest cub of the Ngamo pride goes hunting alone
Ashanti denies her cubs
August 7 2012
Its weaning time for the youngest members of the Ngamo pride.
A classical response
August 4 2012
We continue our playback tests with the Ngamo pride
Hide and seek
July 31 2012
The Ngamo pride give our research team the run-around, although the smell of a kill gives them away
AS5 gets ready for the evening's entertainment
July 29 2012
The pride come together, the kids get their bath time, and AS5 tries to get his dad to rouse for the night ahead
Milo gets involved in the hunt
July 27 2012
Whilst the girl's use stealth to catch breakfast, their master takes a less tactical approach to hunting.
July 25 2012
The pride engage in some stealthy hunts on the impala population of Ngamo
The changing face of AT1
July 20 2012
The eldest of the Ngamo cubs is 18 months old today - we take a chance to look back at her life so far.
What is instinct?
July 17 2012
How do the Ngamo react to the sounds of hyena nearby?
“It’s MY party and I’ll do what I want to!”
July 9 2012
Phyre celebrates her 7th birthday in dominant style
When a lion spooned a zebra
July 3 2012
Milo gets cosy with his prey, hugging it like a teddy bear.
June 28 2012
Kenge snatches a snack and reluctantly shares the spoils with the cubs
Big paws to fill
June 21 2012
We took a moment in Ngamo to admire the paternal side of Milo
Yoga tips by AS4
June 13 2012
We’ve already learnt vital hunting techniques from Ngamo’s smallest lioness, now here are a few yoga positions to try out.
The wild realities of AT1
June 11 2012
AT1 is developing well as a naturally born and raised lioness
Jubilant times for the pride
June 5 2012
While many of our UK followers have been enjoying hordes of scones, strawberries and cucumber sandwiches this week the Ngamo pride have enjoyed a more African dish
Ambush at the waterholes
June 1 2012
As the dry season beds in, the Ngamo site's waterholes are becoming a dangerous place if you are a zebra
May 23 2012
The one where AT1 faces off against a spitting cobra
VIDEO: Milo and the cubs feeding
May 17 2012
Milo allows his four youngest cubs to join him at the dinner table: a feast of zebra fit for a king
A bad omen on the wind
May 17 2012
The pride's cubs are experiencing new things everyday; this time a devil arrives on the wind
VIDEO: AS4 gets in some hunting practice
May 16 2012
One of the youngest members of the Ngamo pride practices the skills that she will need to survive when she is released into the wild.
VIDEO: Family Portrait
May 16 2012
Milo (dad), Ashanti (aunt) chill out with cubs KE3 & KE4
Loss of Privileges
May 14 2012
Growing pains for AT1: the Ngamo pride's eldest cub is ageing out of the special dispensation offered to cubs in pride life.
The prince and the frog
May 9 2012
The young lad, AS5 learns an important life lesson from an amphibian neighbour
Techniques in hunting, by AS4
May 7 2012
Ngamo: an early learning centre for the cubs
May 1 2012
Milo has a good roar
Video: Milo returns to the pride
April 30 2012
After a time away, Milo returns to the Ngamo pride females.
Video: The Ngamo cubs at play
April 30 2012
The Ngamo cubs and lionesses engage in some play bouts
Video: Just don't wake dad
April 30 2012
One of the youngsters makes a bad decision
April 27 2012
A magical light descends upon Ngamo, with a regal Milo seen standing in the middle of it
Its all about territory
April 21 2012
The Ngamo pride undergo some research into their territorial behaviours
The one with AT1 and the zebra
April 18 2012
Kwali and AT1 share the spoils of their handiwork
Everybody wants to be a cat
April 15 2012
The Ngamo pride engage in their favourite activities
A bad week to be a wildebeest
April 6 2012
The Ngamo pride make a very definite menu choice
AT1 gives it her all
April 2 2012
Our oldest cub is putting into practice what she has learnt from her elders
Hey, what are those round, golden blobs?
March 28 2012
The Ngamo pride decide its a zebra based feeding schedule this week and eat themselves into submission.
The lions get the wind in their tails
March 23 2012
When a storm begins to brew the Ngamo pride get active
Life in a pioneering lion pride: Ngamo
March 17 2012
A blog that brings you the story of life in the Ngamo release pride