As the New Year gets under way in Ngamo the pride have been keeping themselves busy with regular hunting sprees.
The girls spot some zebra
On the afternoon of the 1st, following quite a lazy morning, the pride were up and about and hunting in the Masai Mara area of the site. As a herd of zebra were leisurely grazing the lions rose from their naps and took up their positions. Slowly the females began to disperse across the area and they patiently stalked the unsuspecting herd.
Ashanti in stalking mode
AT1 stalks through the grass towards the zebra
AT1 however took the lead and eagerly moved forwards leaving her fellow pride members far behind her. After a few moments of tense stillness AT1 burst into a chase and the zebra fled from their attacker amongst a cloud of earthy dust.
It is becoming a regular occurrence that AT1 takes the lead whilst hunting and is the first to give chase, but it seems that this over eagerness of hers is not bringing much success. Although Ngamo’s first wild-born cub is developing as an independent member of the pride she still has much to learn about hunting and the benefits of doing so as a group.
Her eagerness and independence are fine qualities and our research team are extremely proud of the maturing lioness. However, only time, experience and perhaps a little more patience, will teach her to hold her paws for a moment when the girls go a-hunting.