Introducing new lions

Sabi Sand | August 2018

Shortly after killing a zebra, the Othawa pride along with the three cubs were chased off by the older male coalition, Matimba brothers. The three females moved swiftly away from the area, with the young cubs and it was quite the sight with the lions moving across the grasslands, as their tawny colouring blended perfectly into the surrounding area.

The lionesses moved across the grassland and even though they had just had a successful hunt stolen from them, they opportunistically watched a some impala closely and made a few hunting attempts on the herd, with blood still smeared across their faces from the zebra they had been feeding on. The pride started to settle down in the shade shortly after the very active morning. Unfortunately without a carcass to feed off, the cubs were restless and moaning and groaning, moving between the lionesses rubbing their heads in an effort to bond with the pride members but more so towards their natal mother in search of food. The lioness was not showing any interest to allow the cubs to suckle, as this was a clear indication that the cubs are slowly being weaned off the nutritious milk. The cubs are now at an age that they move with the pride constantly and very rarely will be left in an area for too long without a pride member nearby.

The cubs eventually got to feed after constant annoyance towards the mother by the three cubs.

Lionesses are secretive about keeping young cubs concealed in thickets or rocky crevices and it is not easy to view them unless they bring them out into the open or introduce the young cubs to carcasses.

Being able to view the cubs nursing still is an incredible privilege at such close quarters.