Look whose stalking
October 31 2012

Over the past week, as the rain brought with it a spell of cooler temperatures, the Ngamo pride were to be found most mornings all huddled together trying to keep themselves warm.  As the sun began to rise and beat away the cold air the pride soon began to rise with a fresh energy all ready to go a-hunting in their territory.  Over the days, as they made their way through the long grassy areas of the site looking for game, the pride demonstrated daily what it is they do best and they were regularly spotted in an array of classic stalking stances demonstrated perfectly by AT1, Ashanti, Phyre. 

Aunt Kwali overees AT1's stalking lessons. Sitting with her shoulders hunched and her ears pinned back she looked quite menacing for a young lioness who is still trying to find her place in the pride. 

AT1

Ashanti, whose prominent shoulder blades often result in her looking quite sinister was seen rising slowly into a crouching stalk;

Ashanti

and Phyre, with her relatively new found love of hunting crept along the ground as low to the earth as she could be making every effort to remain unseen. 

Phyre

However it was not until the evening of the 23rd that these efforts finally paid off.  As the pride stalked impala slowly through Serengeti West one brave antelope attempted to make its escape from behind a rocky area.  In a flurry of excitement Kwali raced over and within seconds the rest of her pride members were beside her ferociously fighting over the minor meal.  Dominant female Phyre claimed herself the largest portion as she usually does and, as she swiftly left with her supper in her jaws, her lower ranking pride members scrambled to see what was left for the taking.  

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