A quick announcement over the radio grabs everyone’s attention and just as we were about to give up all hope, a lioness has been seen with new cubs. Whisking over to the area, we see the tiny figures clamber out of the thicket. At least three miniature lion forms stumble in and out of a small hole in a thicket to feed on a meal caught by their untiring mother. Hopefully we get to watch these cubs flourish to maturity.
We are extending our wild dog family to include four new males. Our two current males will be bonded with a new group of females and will be moved to another reserve. This is all in the name of conservation to improve genetic diversity across the very small wild dog population worldwide. For now the two groups – four new males, and two of our three females – are undergoing a bonding process in two separate bomas next to each other. Because of intricate wild dog pack dynamics, bonding is vital before releasing the pack back into the reserve. We hope to see our family of six wild dogs roaming the reserve shortly.