Photos by DAVE McKELVIE:
Thanks to our resident lion tracker Dave McKelvie, here are some charming (& encouraging) images of newborn lion cubs in the park.
Sadly the general public are never told when lions are ‘lost’ ; that is are killed or wander out of the Park never to be seen again (presumed killed) but we do get reports now & then about wayward lions such as Gammyleg (a well known local lioness) killed by a vehicle on the Magadi Road on the western side of the Park…….
As far as I know only 1 (lioness) remains of her family of 4 (she & 3 adult cubs)…….
We do know there are no less than FIVE adult males in the park at the moment: there are some interesting social dynamics going on (all these lions are related!)
In these circumstances, new cubs are a real bonus & hope for the future & I would say that these little ones bring the park lion estimated total up to 30-35 individuals & they have plenty to eat in the current dry conditions, with much wildlife (especially plains zebra) in the park……
By WILL KNOCKER
Nairobi National Park is one of best places to see “black’ or Browse rhinos (East African species michealii) ; here is one of them……
As the Park continues to (rapidly) dry out, water is becoming an issue….
Wildlife is still filtering in from the Park from the dry & overgrazed dispersal area to the south .
The first water point they reach when they get here is the Athi Dam….
Plains zebras like to get RIGHT IN THERE to drink, not knowing that in the water are large mammal eating crocs…
Above, croc with victim
Below, satisfied saurian
Everybody knows the Chinese are in Kenya & they are doing great things with infrastructure…..including a fuel pipeline (pictured) which without any advice,impact assessment or consultation, suddenly punched it’s way through the middle of the Nairobi Greenline (see www.nairobigreenline.com) on the northern boundary of the Park!
Now Nairobi is an expanding city & needs infrastructural development, but without a by-your-leave, to trash the electric fence freely donated by supporters & the trees so carefully nurtured within shows a very cavalier attitude indeed…….
Saddle -billed stork
Martial eagle looking bellicose….
White-faced whistling ducks
Superb starling (feeling cold? Or sexy?)