Impala, play dates and tree houses
December 12 2013

It would seem despite being the smaller and more agile prey species of Ngamo, impala are currently the favoured dish of the Ngamo pride.  On the 5th we found lioness Nala in the Etosha area with fur brushed pink, and polka dotted with buzzing, black flies.

Not much further we soon found a heaving pile of snarling lions in the tall, dew covered grass. From the research team’s obscured visual it appeared that Phyre and Ashanti were battling over the remains of an impala kill whilst AT1 and KE3 indulged one another in a grooming session, ignoring the nearby squabble.

Phyre and Ashanti on impala with AT1 licking KE3 in foreground

As the day progressed the research team followed the ‘A Team’ of AS4 and AS5 into the Amboseli area. The twosome have begun to spend longer periods away from pride for play dates and adventures. Having pushed their luck by stalking and ankle tapping Milo that they stumbled across on their travels, the young sub-adults bounded their way out into the open away from their disciplinary father for a long game of catch and chase.

AS5 chases AS4

On the 10th we found the pride in the Tree Tops area enjoying a morning patrol with Phyre, as always, taking the lead. Deciding she perhaps needed a better viewpoint for her rounds the lioness hauled herself, less than gracefully, up a nearby tree. This soon turned into an immensely fun game for Phyre as she investigated all the nooks and crannies of the canopy. AS4, always ready for some fun, attempted to join Phyre in the tree but was quickly met with a less than obliging paw in the face – nobody gets to play in Phyre’s tree house. 

Phyre

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