When Lion Guardian Noah from the Ol Donyo Wuas zone of Mbirikani came himself directly to our base camp to deliver his report personally, we knew immediately that he was excited about something.

He had found tracks of three young male lions just close to Ol Donyo Lodge and had followed them to the place where they had entered a lava flow. He knew that once the lions had entered the lava that they would be sleeping close by and we should come in a vehicle to try and see them once dusk set in. This particular report was of much interest to us as we have not heard of any group of three males travelling together throughout Mbirikani.

As dusk approached, we positioned ourselves and waited at the place where Noah expected the lions to be hiding. As the darkness grew, Noah suddenly pointed out a moving object, then another, and another; he had found them!

Thankfully they were very comfortable with our vehicle and allowed us to take photos to identify them. It turns out that this coalition of males are not individuals known to the Lion Guardian monitoring population. They may have been born and raised in a neighbouring group ranch or national park like Amboseli or Tsavo West.

.Young MalesYoung male 1Young Males 2
Young Male 2

This is very exciting news for the population of lions on Mbirikani as we do not document new lions very often and are happy to welcome young adults to the area. This movement will no doubt bring a new challenge to dominant males Kasayio and Lormanie whom currently own the territory around this area

Kasaiyo and Lormanie will have to defend their territory

Kasaiyo and Lormanie will have to defend their territory

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  • Anna

    That’s great news. New blood in the neighborhood!

  • Kate Nicholls

    Exciting indeed. Great sighting Noah. From your pictures the new three are young boys and Kasiyo and Loramanie will not be quaking in their shoes quite yet.
    Always a thrill to come across new coalitions let’s hope they behave themselves and don’t start chomping cattle! Thanks for posting always interesting to hear how things are going out there.

  • Pirjo

    Such exciting news! They are so handsome 🙂 Hope they’ll do well and don’t get into fights with the older and much stronger males.Kasaiyo and Lormanie are strong and confident.

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