Lion (Panthera leo)
The two Western pride females and their four cubs are doing very well, killing almost every second day. With the cubs being so young and playful they live a very active life style, so the females do need to provide to keep the stomachs full. We do often find them around the water holes. Lions will drink water twice a day if it is freely available. The Tembe male lion who is seen often with the Western pride females, roams around marking territory walking all the way to Clifftop lodge. Male lions have big territory’s and often leave their pride to advertise by roaring and scent marking. In the Southern side of the park, the Southern pride female and her 3 cubs with the Dinokeng male are often seen. Dinokeng normally follows them around even though he is not the father of the cubs but seemed to have adopted them. Usually you will find that when a male lion takes over a new pride they would kill the cubs younger than two years to entice the female to go in to season for courtship. Their nature is very unpredictable. The cubs are learning how to hunt by practicing on young Warthogs that the female only injure and leave for the cubs to kill.