Lions in Selous, Tanzania

5 February 2010 | Jo Jenkins | Tanzania

This month a new pride of ten lions has been seen crossing the main road going down to Nzelekela lake, nearest to Selous Impala Camp.

Are they trying to take over the territory of the already established pride and to chase away the current three members with their two newly born cubs?

Not at all! They are too young to fight and posses a territory. All ten members of the pride are about 4 years old, very healthy. They are very shy and alert. For sure it is a sign that they are not from the areas around. These young lions have migrated from their original pride on reaching adolescence. So we think they were on a study tour of a new area, but who knows they might consider the very rich Nzelekela area as their territory in future.

They were seen after two weeks within the same area for the second time…..still showing extreme wariness.

We all would wish to see them coming back to be part of our surroundings.

Above all, the Nzelekela pride of three – two females and a male, with two tiny cubs is perfect, doing great even with all the pressure behind them for the territory, as not only the new pride, but also the Lake Siwandu pride of lions with two 8 months old cubs were seen close by.

In the last months the Siwandu pride has been seen with injured members and all seem very unhealthy. Unfortunately the two cubs from Siwandu were seen on their own, deserted by the pride. One of the cubs was recently seen on the ground dead of starvation being still too young to hunt . The other one was still alive but very skinny. Since that day the live cub has not been seen with the rest of the Siwandu pride….no one knows what happened to her, we all hope she made it, but the lion world is very harsh.

About a month ago, one of the Siwandu females left the pride (and this is one of the reasons that created the unhealthy balance of the pride, as she is the leader). She has given birth to new cubs that are still hidden somewhere in the bush and none of us have seen them yet.

Written by Jo Jenkins

Jo’s enthusiasm for safari as a child when her parents worked in Zambia, then Kenya. Jo quickly fancied herself as a safari expert and has been a keen game tracker ever since. Although, more recently, she is very keen to trial many of the (more luxurious) beach lodges we now offer.

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