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After receiving reports of lion tracks from our lion guardians, our team went to verify. Upon reaching the site of the tracks, we did call-in and awaited with excitement. After a brief period of silence, we heard some little meows that grew louder as time went by. It was clear that whichever lion was approaching, they had small cubs. The anticipation grew palpable amongst our team members.

Eventually, when the lions came close to us, we were able to instantly identify them as Birdie’s pride. Birdie had three small cubs! She was accompanied by the other members of her pride [2 sub-adult females and a sub-adult male]. We were very happy that 3 more potential members of our little lion population have been brought forth. They were close to the thicket in Oltiasika. This is an ideal place because of its proximity to water and it is preferred by many lion prey species.

Birdie with her cubs

Birdie with her cubs

Birdie's cubs with their aunt

Birdie’s cubs with their aunt – hopefully in a few months she too will have cubs of her own!

A few weeks earlier, on Valentine’s day, we found our well travelled lion Sikiria  seriously mating with one of Birdie’s sub-adult females. They seemed to have formed a common bond just at the right time and place and were completely inseparable. We left them on their own to continue with their ‘serious reproductive work’ hoping that Sikiria will eventually settle in one particular area and start his own pride.

Sikiria spending quality time with Birdie's daughter

Sikiria spending quality time with Birdie's daughter

Sikiria making his move...

Sikiria making his move...

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  • Jimmy
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    Awesome!! – lets hope this pride has a long happy life:)

  • Caitlin
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    Yeah, new cubs!!! What is Birdie’s range, generally? Does she come into Mbirikani ever?

  • Pirjo
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    Catching up with the news and it was so great to see these positive lion cub news 🙂

    Hope you are all well. Haven’t heard any news from the Amboseli region ref. drought situation and would appreciate if yoy could give us an update. Has there been any rain?

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