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Meet a Few Members of the Loliondo Pride

February 12, 2014

The Loliondo pride has been in existence since 1966 when the Serengeti Lion Project first began. They have had a long and successful history and at times they’ve been one of the biggest prides to be studied by the researchers from the lion project. Currently the pride consist of three adult females and their cubs. There are also seven young lions in the pride that are being seen less and less with the adults which means they will probably soon leave the pride and try life on their own. The young females might eventually return but the males will leave for good to find their own territory to mate with different females.

The three oldest females in the pride are Faxe, Vilfort Kim, and Larsen H. Larsen is the oldest, born in Dec 2003, and she’s the easiest to identify since she wears a radio collar and is missing her tail-tuft. Faxe and Vilfort Kim are not much younger, both born in April 2004. Faxe has a blind right eye which has not encumbered her in any way and Vilfort Kim is recognized by the several notches and black markings on her ears (from left to right; Larsen, Faxe and Vilfort).

In March 2013, the three adult females gave birth to eight cute cubs, six females and two males. Now, almost one year old, six of them still survive. Two of the female cubs have gone missing (see picture below of Vilfort Kim with one of her cubs).

For a few months in 2013 the Loliondo lions moved north outside of the study area. It was a difficult area to access by vehicle due to the dense vegetation and wide rivers. For a while it seemed that they were content to stay there but they did come back. In January they were spotted on the Tet Kopjes, a cluster of big rocks that appear to be a central home to the pride.

 

Larsen - oldest of the pride and wears a collarLoliondo Pride - Faxe with her blind eye - oldest of the pride (Jan 2014)Volfort Kim - tufted ears

Loliondo Pride - Cub Cuddling with Mom

About the Serengeti Lion Project

The Serengeti Lion Project has been working in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and nearby parks in Tanzania for the past 46 years, monitoring and studying the lion populations in very rugged and inaccessible parts of the ecosystem. They are the oldest lion research project in Africa, and are considered the world’s foremost experts on lion behavior and ecology.

Their research staff has produced nearly 100 articles of scientific importance on lions and their health, habitat and conservation. Their work has received considerable international publicity, including being featured many times on the BBC, National Geographic TV, the Discovery Channel, ITV, NHK and television networks in Korea and Germany, as well as in The Smithsonian Magazine, Geo Magazine, and National Geographic Magazine.

Unique Safaris is a proud supporter of the Serenegti Lion Project. Because of our long term relationship, we receive special reports and updates on the lion activity in the northern parks of Tanzania. If you want to learn more about how to help the research, contact us at meg@uniquesafaris.biz . For more information on the Serenegti Lion Project, visit www.lionresearch.org.

 

 

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