Ashanti denies her cubs
August 7 2012

It’s been a quiet few days recently for the Ngamo Pride. On the 4th the team found the pride minus the cubs walking through the camp area of the site. After a slow meander along the fence line with some roaring from Milo along the way the pride settled down to rest at the end of route 66 in Tree Tops. They remained in the area until later that evening when they slowly woke up and headed towards waterhole three. Deciding that this was just too much exercise for one day, they stopped to rest once again on the boundary road in Tree Tops, which is where our researcher left them as the headed out for the evening.

On the morning of the 5th the team found the pride resting in Camp and it wasn’t long before Milo announced his presence with a bellowing roar from somewhere in the long grass. Clearly not happy with his first attempt, he exercised his vocal chords once again, this time with Kwali, Kenge and Phyre joining in for good measure.

On the 6th it appeared that the pride has perhaps had a bit of a lazy night, with the team locating the pride less than 50 metres from where they had been the previous evening.

Ashanti & AS4

Ashanti & AS4

Little AS4 was clearly a hungry cub and pestered mother Ashanti to suckle. We have noticed recently that Ashanti is becoming less and less tolerant to the cubs attempts to suckle in a bid to wean the youngsters, and on this occasion Ashanti hissed at her daughter before baring her teeth and moving away, leaving AS4 moaning and groaning to anyone that would listen.

The pride remained in the Camp area of the site for the remainder of the day, waking up as the sun was setting to indulge in some serious social bonding with a variety of licking and greeting going on amongst the females and cubs, before getting ready to move on during the night.

Ngamo

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