I’m just back from another 3 week field stint in Gonarezhou which I will write about soon. But I just wanted to post some of these photos of lions that were seen at the Mapura den on Chishakwe Ranch in Save Valley Conservancy a few weeks ago. It was a pride of 7 lions, who visited the den a couple of times. Here are some of the curious youngsters investigating the den hole where the pups sleep.
Fortunately all the pups survived, but one of the pack’s adult males (probably the alpha male) was unfortunately killed. He was found a couple of hundred meters from the den.
Nonetheless the pack seems to be holding together okay. They have two litters of pups but are no longer den bound, so I’m not sure how the little ones will do. Just hope they don’t meet these lions again any time soon!