Firstly, I would like to apologise for not being able to post any blogs over the weekend. This was because Wildlife Direct was carrying out a website migration. However, as I’m sure you will have noticed, since I last posted we have changed our blog quite a lot! We have even added a new page all about the Lion Guardians. I hope you like it – we think it is very beautiful!
Now, I would like to tell you about lions! Lion Guardian Olubi recently reported the presence of lions in an area close to the border of Mbirikani and Olgulului group ranches, and yesterday Ernest and Seamus of the Kilimanjaro Lion Conservation Project went out to track them, taking Amy along with them to take photographs. Here is Ernest tracking for radio collared lions from the roof of the car.
They found one of our collared lions, Nempakaai, in a pride of 8 individuals of varying ages, in an area close to where Lion Guardian Olubi had seen them last, and not very far from the road! It is possible that they are on their way towards Amboseli National Park. Here is a photo of Nempakaai – you can just see her collar.
And here are some of the other members of her pride. They were in tall grass, so quite hard to see, and seem to have recently eaten a big meal!
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Antony, fantastic post as always, and beautiful pictures as well. The new blog site is just terrific!!
great pictures of lions. i wonder how many prides residing within these two ranchers? and how many are living in between these areas. and how many lions go back and forth from the ranch areas to amboseli?
A very big meal, always good to see such well fed lions! Thanks, Antony.
Well today on my trip around the ranch with Seamus we were able to track four separate collared individuals. Two collared males in separate locations, a female (Nemesi) with cubs and the female in the photo above (Nempakaai), who was in a pride of 10 today! It was fantastic to see so many lions in one day, all on the group ranch. You will have to ask Seamus for more details of the movements of the different individuals and prides, as he is the expert! (http://kilimanjarolion.wildlifedirect.org/)