By Will Knocker
We came across this lioness (collared poor thing: why?) with 3 cubs just below the Olomanyi Dam: the naughty cubs followed her when she needed to go hunting: they were unceremoniously taken back by the scruff of the neck (the other 2 cubs followed behind…)
Then in March we came across this mating pair at the top of the Athi Basin: more cubs to come?
Just what is the relationship between these adult lions?
The genetics of the NNP lions not great: inbreeding, but KWS unwilling or unable to do anything about it…..
Nonetheless the Park is a Lion’s Paradise, with a huge biomass & as much wildlife as a lion can eat.
Yesterday (Sunday 26) at dawn we came across a lioness in the Olomanyi valley trotting along with a purpose: she doubled back up the hill as though looking for something…..another adult lioness !
They met up with much purring & rubbing of faces & then out of the (very dry) scrub came 4 sub-adult lions: 1 male & 3 females & again a huge reunion: a delight to watch…They all headed off into the kichaka at the valley bottom .
These giraffes nearby were almost as surprise as we were to see this wonderful Lion Reunion !
There are estimated to be 35 -40 lions in the Nairobi National Park, some adult males of which we could hear roaring last night (26/3) hear at Silole…