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16 Apr 2019

Little Red taking care of Spot's cubs, while Spot was sleeping nearby. The two daughters of Siena (one of the original Marsh Pride females) are always together. We are hoping the cubs will adopt this behaviour into adulthood!

Yaya was captured with Baba Yao, one of the six Marsh males. He has been trying to mate with her for the last few weeks - they are therefore spending a lot of time together and this morning they were spotted feeding on zebra together. 

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14 Apr 2019

The Marsh Pride females - Kabibi, Rembo, Dada and Kito and their cubs were spotted last night enjoying a beautiful sundowner as they pondered on the choice of game in the distance, wondering what they might hunt that evening.

Meanwhile, a really nice sighting of Kibogoyo and Koshoke relaxing at the Bilashaka area. The two males are constantly on the go as they look for mating opportunities between the Marsh Pride and the Tope Pride females. 

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11 Apr 2019

Trespasser! 'This is Blonde', one of the Olololo males was spotted feeding on buffalo with females and youngsters of the River-line pride (from the Mara Triangle), at the entrance of Governors Private Camp! They are known to cross over into the Marsh Pride territory, make a kill, and rush back home before they get caught.

Let's hope they made it back without a confrontation with the Marsh females and their cubs! 

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05 Apr 2019

Another close call with buffalo for Kabibi, Rembo, Dada, Kito and their seven remaining cubs! 

Together with Koshoke (male), they were all feeding on a zebra kill when they suddenly found themselves surrounded by a herd of angry buffalo. As usual, the buffalo chased them away, including the cubs who were hesitant at first abandon their meal, but later returned to feed again leaving the cubs to watch from a distance. 

Meanwhile, Pamoja and Nusu Mkia (Yaya's daughters) have been hunting a lot of warthogs lately. On this particular occasion, Yaya was waiting and watching not too far from them, possibly hoping that they allow her to join the meal if they succeeded. Unfortunately, they missed the warthogs.

Final photos show Yaya resting in the thicket with Baba Yao. They were actually not too far from the others with the zebra kill - the buffalo tried to chase them away too but they seemed less concerned than the others with the young cubs. Safari guide Moses Manduku will be keeping an eye on this pair to see if any mating takes place. 

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03 Apr 2019

Yaya's two daughters have been officially named 'Pamoja' (meaning 'together') and 'Nusu Mkia' which means 'half a tail'.

Name suggestions had been circulating for the last few months but were confirmed recently. Nusu Mkia had an infection in her tail and the end dropping off - making her a very easily identifiable cat in the Mara.

They were spotted just a few days ago warming up for a hunt on some warthog who were a great distance away. These two have proven to be very skilled hunters, often working together on stealthy ambushes. On this particular occasion, they managed to get all the way up to the warthog without being noticed until Pamoja got exposed at the last minute due to the short grass.

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02 Apr 2019

Chongo was spotted behaving like a true gentleman and following the cubs to have a bite while Kabibi, Rembo, Dada and Kito are all next in line for the zebra kill.

It seems the kill was actually made by Spot and Little Red - but they got chased off. Kito and Little Red both have some wounds from fighting over the meal, but at least little ones have managed to get their fill. Chong was then seen again a little while later resting with four of the Marsh males - Koshoke, Baba Yao and Kiok at the Bila Shaka area. The Marsh boys are back in town after a long time with the females up at Topi Plains. 

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29 Mar 2019

Studies carried out by Serengeti Research Project suggest that protecting territory is the overarching reason - even more important than a group hunting or the communal rearing of cubs. That is why they will fight tooth and claw to protect them. 

This is also why the Marsh Lions have been such a successful pride, occupying a perfect location that provides all they need: plentiful shade, permanent water, good ambush sites and safe nursery thickets in which their cubs can be safely hidden. 

Marsh Lions Latest Update: 

A mother's work is never done: ever since the recent loss of some of their cubs, the Marsh Pride lionesses have decided to keep their young closer than ever - even taking them along when they hunt! Rembo, Kito and Kabibi were seen scoping out some nearby zebras while their little ones lay low. Dada had teamed up with them and had already taken position around the other side of the prey, ready to form a very skilled attack ...

Want to see marsh lions up close?

A safari to the Masai Mara offers a good chance to see the famous marsh lions up close. Visit our website for information on Kenya safaris, as well as specific tours to suit your budget and interests. Discover Africa helps you decide on the best safari tour for your visit with over 89 customer reviews

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