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Lions of Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngorongoro and others)

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( This post was last modified: 07-26-2016, 10:36 PM by Pckts )

(07-26-2016, 12:36 PM)Spalea Wrote: @Pckts:

I don't know how to do differently from where I am (Switzerland) but I have noted:

The "Vumbi" (dist) pride, accounts dating from 2015: (beautiful report/movie)

An entire lions pride in a tree:

The "Vumbi" pride seems to be the pride star of the Serengeti. I don't find any other comments of prides...

As concerns the Ngorongoro:

General remarks:

They mention five prides of between 10 and 20 animals...

Thanks for the contribution, hopefully there is more info, Packers studies have been helpful for sure, but other then the one study with C-boy and the Vumbi pride, I haven't really seen too many photos or general ID's of lions from that side.

Edit: A little more to refresh my memory
This is after the Killers almost killed C-Boy:
"After his harrowing experience with the Killers, C-Boy surrendered his claim on the Jua Kali pride and shifted his attentions east. Hildur, his coalition partner, who’d been so little help in the pinch, went with him. By the time I got a glimpse of C-Boy three years later, he and Hildur had established control over two other prides, Simba East and Vumbi, whose territories lay amid the open plains and kopjes (rocky outcrops) south of the Ngare Nanyuki River. This is not the most hospitable part of the Serengeti for lions and their prey—during the dry season it can be lean and difficult—but it offered C-Boy and Hildur an opportunity to start fresh."

"The trouble was male competition. Early next morning Rosengren drove us north from Nichols’s camp to the river, seeking a pride known as Kibumbu, whose small cubs had been fathered by still another coalition. Those males had gone absent in recent months—departed to places unknown, for reasons unknown—and Rosengren wondered who might have supplanted them. That was his assignment, within the broader context of Packer’s lion studies: to chronicle the comings and goings, the births and the deaths, the affiliations and retreats that affect pride size and territorial tenure. If the Kibumbus had new daddies, who might they be? Rosengren had a suspicion—and it was confirmed when, amid the high grass of the riverbank, we came upon the Killers."

"They were handsome devils, a quartet of eight-year-old males, resting in a companionable cluster. They looked forbidding and smug. They’re probably two sets of brothers, Rosengren told me, born within months of each other in 2004. They had been dubbed “the Killers” back in 2008 by another field assistant, based on his inference that they’d killed three collared females, one by one, rather systematically, in a drainage just west of the Seronera River. Such male-on-female violence wasn’t utterly aberrant—it might even be adaptive for males in some cases, opening space for prides that they control by removing competition in the form of neighboring females—but in this case it won the males a malign reputation."

"Although Rosengren told me their individual names as recorded on the cards (Malin, Viking, et cetera), his preference was to call them by their numbers: 99, 98, 94, 93. Those numerals did seem somehow more concordant with their air of opaque, stolid menace. Male 99, seen in profile, had the convex nose line of a Roman senator, as well as a darkish mane, though not so dark as C-Boy’s. Inspecting him through binoculars, I noticed a couple of small wounds on the left side of 99’s face.

Rosengren eased the Land Rover closer, and two of the others, 93 and 94, stirred, turning toward us. In the golden light of sunrise we saw facial injuries on them too: a slice to the nose, a bit of swelling, a gash below the right ear still glistening with pus. Those are fresh, Rosengren said. Something happened last night. And not just a spat over shared food; coalition partners don’t do such damage to one another. It must have been a brawl with other lions. That raised two questions. Whom had the Killers fought? And what did the other guy look like this morning?"
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RE: Lions of Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngorongoro and others) - Pckts - 07-26-2016, 10:06 PM
RE: Lion pictures and videos - Geert - 09-24-2017, 05:22 PM
RE: Lion pictures and videos - chaos - 09-24-2017, 07:46 PM
RE: Lion pictures and videos - Geert - 09-24-2017, 09:15 PM

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