Hiya!

18 03 2012

We’re very aware that this blog talks more about grass than it does the actual Dambwa pride these days. However, it has become the key element that dictates the success of our sessions with the pride. The last few weeks have been, for want of a better word, testing. Even when the lions have been found walking along the roads in the site, many of these are so overgrown now that it doesn’t afford much better viewing.

Happily today (18th) they were on one of the roads which still allows a relatively clear view. The first visual of the morning came when we found Kwandi, Kela, Temi and Zulu slap bang in the middle of the road – our view completely unobstructed, a rare treat. Leya, Loma and Rusha were just off the road and the ferocious grinding of teeth against bone punctuated with the odd scraping of tongues to remove every last shred of their latest meal gave a hint as to what the trio were up to.

By 8am the temperature was already soaring, and with everyone having nice full bellies there wasn’t much to do except enjoy being able to see them for a while. One by one they rose and began milling along the road a short distance before stopping to drink from a puddle before settling down in the grass.

By mid-morning they were roughly in the same spot but had moved to the side of the road so we were just about able to make them out. It did however take some considerable time to pick out who was who in the heap of lions as the seven performed their usual trick of contorting and piling every single last one of themselves into one tiny patch of shade.

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19 03 2012
Anne Keene

How wonderful to see these lions again

20 03 2012
delia

Is it possible to have someone cut the grass?

20 03 2012
africanlionenvironmentalresearchtrust

Hi Delia – not really no. For a start, there would be a bit of a safety issue mowing the lawn with seven lions roaming around. Secondly, this is the lions’ habitat not ours – so to change it because it’s a bit inconvenient for us for a few months every year isn’t really in the spirit of the release program. We are coming to the end of the rainy season, so the grass should start to become less of an issue over the next few months.

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