Migration Meal

Grumeti · June 2017
By Anicet Philip Maro
Field Guide

Our lion prides made the most of having the migration pass through their territories, with numerous kills being seen throughout the month.

The Nyasarori pride again spent the majority of the month along the Raho drainage line, as the passing wildebeest would have to seek out water. This made life relatively easy for the pride as all they would have to do is sit and wait at the several diminishing waterholes, and ambush the thirsty wildebeest as they came in to drink.

With the abundance of wildebeest the prides are thriving, all the youngsters are growing up quickly and already showing signs of attempting to hunt, but are still some ways away from this as the oldest set of cubs are only a year old.

The Butamtam pride took up residence in and around Sasakwa dam, as each day between 10 000 – 100 000 animals would drink there, making it very easy for the pride to hunt.

The two females with six cubs are still holed up along Chooi drainage as it provides great shelter for the cubs when the mothers go off and hunt.

Guests again were lucky enough to see a mating pair. A mating pair will move off from the pride for 3 – 5 days and copulate every 10 – 20 minutes. During this time they will not kill or feed and place all their energy into mating.

By Anicet Philip Maro
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