Tanzania Lions

27 January 2011 | Jo Jenkins | Tanzania

The Lions of Siwandu in the Selous made it through the year successfully this time, raising the two cubs who are now about one year old. It seems that the old difficult time is over and all in the pride are healthy and successful hunters.

The big young male is still with the pride….which is unusual and no signs of mane developing yet, probably never will. He and the adult male seems to be in a good relationship still, no signs of fights yet between them, which could lead to the young male leaving the pride.

The adult male has had a hard time. Last season and at the beginning of this season, he has been seen moving up and down between the two prides, the Siwandu and Nzelekela. The Nzelekela’s females were seen together with him and small cubs, assuming that he was the father, but since the presence of two big, young and strong male lions brothers in Nzelekela’s area, the Siwandu male had to leave. The two brothers drove him off, for sure he couldn’t stand against two lions together who became the dominants of the Nzelekela’s pride and he returned back to Siwandu and settled.

So the brothers took over the territory and the pride. As it is in lion behaviour, they have killed the cubs so the mothers could quickly be back into breeding condition and they could spread their own genes.
They were seen mating with the two females and in fact, after a very short time, both females have been seen pregnant and today they move around with 5 pretty and lovable new cubs.

We have more news about the Selous lion prides: a new one of 22 members of different ages have been recently seen hunting north of Manze in the Mwangu area. A guest’s family was having breakfast in the bush when they saw this big pride pulling down a buffalo just in front of them and have their meal.

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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