Surviving against the odds!

Alan Smith
Published June 07, 2016 08:46 AM






We came across these three sub-adult lions, 2 females and a male, while staying at Idube Lodge in the Sabi Sands. Their mother had been killed before they were fully independent but, somehow, the siblings have survived. They have a hit and miss approach to hunting but had manged to bring down a buffalo several days earlier.

They have positioned themselves close to the western boundary fence, to the south of the Sand River, well away from territory occupied by the Birmingham Coalition of males that have been leaving a trail of death and destruction as they have taken over the north of the reserve.

We were told that they have used this position to their advantage and have developed a hunting technique that involves chasing prey into the fence. These are intelligent cats but the future still looks bleak, especially for the male, who is unlikely to survive a confrontation with other males.

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