We recently received a report from one of the Lion Guardians that several male lion tracks had been found together on Mbirikani. We wanted to know who the individuals were and quickly went to investigate. On reaching the site, we found a lion party in progress! Three very big male lions and two females were feeding on a zebra. It transpired that the three males were Kasayo, Ndelie and Lormanie and the females were Nemasi and Elikan! What an interesting group of individuals! Selenkay, who can usually be found with Elikan, and the four cubs of Lomunyak, that belong to Selenkay and Elikan were nowhere to be found. This was very worrying, especially with these males in the area, none of which are the father of the cubs. Our worry was that they may have killed the cubs. Here are some of the lovely cubs of Selenkay and Elikan.
The vultures and the jackals were kept at bay the whole day…Kasayo and Elikan seemed to have been assigned this task which they undertook efficiently. These males are so big that the same night, their roars which echoed throughout the area made prey species tremble in fear.
The next day we were desperate to find out what had happened to Selenkay and the cubs. Where were they? Were they ok? We hoped nothing had happened to them. Why was Elikan not with Selenkay and the cubs? For two days we had the Lion Guardians on high alert, looking for the tracks of one female and four cubs. Eventually, we got a report from Lion Guardian Mokoi, that he had found the tracks of a female, and some smaller tracks. We rushed to the scene and eventually found Selenkay and the cubs all together, alive and kicking, and looking extremely healthy. We knew then that the male lions were innocent! Thank goodness they are all safe and well! Here is a photo of Selenkay and the cubs.
We will keep you updated on the progress of these lions, and their seemingly ever-changing coalitions as we get reports in from the Guardians!