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Lions in South-Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia

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http://www.wilderness-safaris.com/blog/p...of-namibia
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From Lion Kingdom FB
Courtesy of safari guide Calvet Nkomo, here is Jericho and Cathy photographed just a couple of days ago. 
And the other photo is of Jerichos cubs by the same photographer.

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This guy took the job of marking his territory at the Salvadora waterhole very seriously indeed.... Etosha National Park. Credits Anja Denker

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Wilderness Safaris:
Look who Linkwasha professional guide Robert Tendai encountered yesterday evening - Xanda and his mate, ensuring Cecil's bloodline is continued for generations to come.

Xanda is one of the adult sons of Cecil, the lion that was killed last year, who if you remember led to all the fuss about the hunting.

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These are some of his cubs.

From Wilderness safaris blog, A Magical Morning with Lion Cubs: Written, Photographed and Filmed by Graham Simmonds

After an early morning rise, a delicious continental breakfast set up by the ever attentive Linkwasha staff and numerous cups of coffee to keep the brisk morning chill at bay we set off with our amazing guide Buli.


I was hosting a group on a site visit of Davison’s and Little Makalolo Camps. Along the road Buli spotted some lion tracks from the previous night. He had mentioned there had been some big cat activity in the area and we should keep a sharp look out as he expected the lions to be near. After tracking and circling for some time with no luck, it was decided we should head on to Plan A and visit Davison’s and have a look again later for the elusive felines. Another vehicle had come to help track and we left them following up on the impressive paw prints zig-zagging the roads.

We had entered a long stretch of thick bush and it was impossible to see anything in the tall grass as we made our way along the road. Suddenly, as we took a bend, in front of us were two large lionesses walking towards us. Buli brought the vehicle to a comfortable stop some 60 feet away. Our group was still reaching for their cameras when Buli with his expertly trained eyes whispered at us to look beneath the first female.

I will let the pictures and the video tell the rest of the story...




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The group counted a total of 10 lion cubs from the Ngamo Pride who are fathered by Xanda, one of Cecil's surviving sons.
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@Majingilane:

About #66: Cubs are irresistible ! So cute, so charming but so vulnerable too...

"The more the cubs are vulnerable, the more they have to learn before becoming adult".

On the other side, the cub's antelope is able to run with its mother 2-3 minutes after its birth.
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( This post was last modified: 07-29-2016, 06:42 PM by Skybed )

regarding post #66

haha these cubs with those short legs and plump bodies they are so sweet
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Enjoy these photos taken by Dave Dell of two male lions in Hwange. One is known as Kakori who has lived in the area around Dopi and Sinanga for some time, the other is a boy known as The Airstrip Male (STRM1). They were “discussing the menu” – a kudu bull - at Sinanga Pan a few weeks ago. STRM1 has come from an area in the Wilderness Concession from around their airstrip stretching down to Mdundamela and across to Mandeseka. Kakori used this same area when he was a young dispersal male, and also when he lived close to the Ngweshla area, so the two lions obviously know each other but are not related. Lately several younger males have started forays into the area around the airstrip which has perhaps encouraged the older STRM1 to move over a bit.

Also of interest is that a lioness that used to range in the same area as STRM1 has joined up with Cecil’s girls and the cubs. She is a sister to Cecil’s lionesses, but until now has lived alone with her offspring in the range of STRM1.

Thanks to Hwange Lion Research for this interesting info, and for the sterling work they do to learn more about our beloved wild cats.

From Friends of Hwange Trust

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Linkwasha professional guide Robert Tendai had a fascinating sighting at Scott's Pan the other day when two new males and a female appeared on the scene. They're too young (under five years old) to pose much of a threat to Xanda (who is about five-and-a-half) and his pride, though they did apparently give them a run for their money!

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One of the 5 young male lions of the 4 ways Pride in Pilanesberg National Park. 

We had all 12 members of the pride plus the two Dispersed males crossing the road in front of us on a recent drive. 

This big guy already has such striking markings. 

I really hope to see him as a fully grown male in the Park one day. 

What a brilliant start to our day!!
Credits Heinrich Neumeyer

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From Tshukudu Bush Lodge 

The lions that have been around the lodge for some days now took down a wildebeest in front of the lodge - but in the early hours of the morning - so when the sun came up they decided that they had better retreat - down our access road - quiet an intimidating sighting watching these cats come walking towards you down hill - looking all mean and full of dried blood - a female with 4 males in tow - they were calling all the time only to find...........
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They meet up with the rest of the pride who had stolen the left overs of another kill on the mountain side - and then the two "spooner" boys joined them - it was very impressive - to watch these young males - one looked a bit grumpy at being left behind - they are still so young but can do so much damage - and then see how give way to the dads - so many emotions they must feel - we were very lucky to have witnessed this
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We just arrived back from an amazing stay at the very chic Cheetah Ridge Lodge in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve.
I especially loved the scenery of the reserve with some breathtaking views and open plains.
We were extremely lucky to find a female leopard on our very first afternoon drive and it set up for an incredible couple of days.
The following morning we went out to find the lion pride and found them along the centre of the reserve.
This very handsome fella is called "Mohawk" and is the bigger of the two males which roam the area.
I could spend hours and hours watching these powerful cats, and they are certainly a favorite of mine to photograph.
Here he followed the rest of the pride on an attempted hunt. 
Fierce and intense focus in those amber eyes! 
A herd of wildebeest was seen grazing in the distance and the whole lion pride simultaneously shot up with the female who led the stalk.
But the 3 adolescent cubs of the pride had other ideas and went out in front of the female and the 2 males, ending up being seen by 4 Impalas which gave the alarm.
Needless to say that every living animal in the vicinity started running and any chance of a hunt was over.
The female and males, very annoyed, returned to a viewing point where they snoozed for the rest of the day with unfilled tummies and bruised egos.

Credits to Heinrich Neumeyer Wildlife and Nature Photography
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Close to sundown in Etosha, the light was fading as the big cats were stirring, giving a lovely watercolour effect to this photo.  One of my favourites. Credits Janet Wilson

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SATURDAY SPECIAL from Africa Geographic  <3 <3 <3 

Jericho, stepfather to Cecil’s cubs, hanging out on The Hide concession this weekend. Photo taken by @the_hide guide Daff Murumahoko.

Thank you for the treat, Africa Geographic!  :) 

Check Africa Geographic out on
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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/africageo
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Denniswehrmann photography:

Lion male introducing his cubs | Karongwe Game Reserve | South Africa 2016

We met this lion family at the Makhutswi River in the Kawongre Game Reserve in South Africa shortly before sunrise. The 10 month old cubs were playing in the dried up riverbed before the massive male lion appeared. It was a bit like the two adult lions were introducing their cubs to the two Land Rovers. A private Game Reserve close to the Krueger is an extraordinary experience as you come very close to the animals and only one other car is around you, an adventurous atmosphere and a very private one too.

This is right to the south of South Africa, close to Porth Elizabeth.

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