Life in the bush can be tough, and with the onset of the drought last year, the fortunes of the Styx lion pride changed dramatically. They went from being a thriving pride with 8 cubs, to losing all 8 to mange that the pride contracted.
The drought eventually broke at the end of December 2016, and the fortunes of the pride turned around. We found the pride lionesses mating with the Birmingham lions. Then just under 3 months later, in mid march, we located a densite with tiny lion cubs!
Since then, the pride has been going from strength to strength – and their older cubs are doing well. A few months ago, we were lucky enough to locate a new densite of the third lioness who had given birth to 4 cubs. We have been eagerly awaiting the cubs to venture out of the densite, and were extremely privileged when the lioness walked them over to a recently caught Kudu kill.
The youngsters are still suckling, and reliant on milk from their mother, but the fact that they have been introduced to the pride is fantastic. Their youthful exuberance and playful antics are amazing to witness, and we look forward to many more sightings of them in the coming months.