Masai Mara Lion Prides Kenya
Lions of the Masai Mara
Masai Mara is famous for its big prides of lions. We highlighted 2 packs of lion below !
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The Cheli & Peacock Pride
They are named after the camp where they are often found. The Masai Mara Lion pride are thought to have orignated from the Acacia Pride when they split some years ago. Originally three core females where the start, the pride has passed through kind of a rough period with no good litters to now include eight healthy females and their cubs.
The Enesikiria Pride
The Enesikiria Pride is the best known of the four prides seen in Mara Naboisho Conservancy. They are also known as the 'KGS Pride' after Koiyaki Guiding School where they are sometimes seen. The pride is large with a significant number of subadults, successfully raised by several core females. The pride has three impressive adult males.
About the Cheli & Peacock Pride
The Pride Size is: 16-19, including their cubs.
The Known Individuals are: 3 Old Adult Female(s) | 0 Old Adult Males(s) | 5 Adult Female(s) | 3 Adult Males(s) | 0 Subadult Females(s) | 0 Subadult Males(s) | 8 Cubs(s)
The Cheli & Peacock Pride were originally a small group, with the only females being Nuru, Lilly and Siti.
Their cubs where born in 2008 but where forced from the pride in mid 2009, before maturity, with the arrival of Caesar, an massive male that arrived from the River Pride. We strongly believe they were were fathered by Badawi, a male from the oroginal Acacia Pride.
The cubs survived remarkably well independently despite being only 18 months old. They are now older and they have reached adulthood and Amber, Maskio, Kibibi, Saba and Ayo are mothers within the Cheli & Peacock Pride
The two big males, Sebastian and Rescue, were last seen in mid 2011 and will have left the pride to become nomads in the Masai Mara. When Caesar was with the pride, the three female lions failed to raise any cubs in the pride. Three cycles of litters were killed by male lions, firstly by Caesar, and subsequently by Ajani, Samir and Shambe the male lions who took over the pride.
These males were in constant competition with three other males in the area - Akiki, Jamal and Joshua originally coming from Lemek. These later males alse spent time with the pride and were seen mating with the females of this group. Both groups of three males also spent time with other Prides. As of late 2011, Ajani, Shambe and Samir became the residents in the pride and are known to be the fathers of the eight cubs of varying ages, born between June and August 2011.
The pride failed to grow for some time with the constant turnover of pride males, but since the maturation and return of the five young females born in 2008, the pride has strengthened their power. Their range has increased by almost 100%, and the pride often has to split into sub-groups to hunt successfully.
About The Enesikiria Pride
Pride Size: 30, including cubs Known Individuals: 3 Old Adult Female(s) 0 Old Adult Males(s) 3 Adult Female(s) 3 Adult Males(s) 4 Subadult Females(s) 6 Subadult Males(s) 11 Cubs(s)
Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a relatively new conservation area in the Masai Mara, their is relatively little known of the Enesikiria Pride's history. The pride contains a number of old adult females - Sero, Dada and Mickey - and so it is likely that the pride has been successful for some time.
There are at least four generations of females in the Enesikiria Pride in the Masai Mara, which is indicative of a verry healthy and stable pride. The big adult females have successfully raised ten sub-adults.
The three males, Saruni, Saitoti and Sadala are around seven years of age, and in their prime and verry strong. It seems unlikely that they will be challenged in the near future, and so the current litters (February 2012) belonging to Sero, Mickey, Tikki and Esiriwua are safe from infanticide. Six of the subadults are males, and they will soon reach maturity and will probably leave the group.
They are Collectively known as the Libyans, they are becoming increasingly independant from the main pride, often with one of their sisters Enadalut. Probably they will soon leave the area and become a strong coalition in the Masai Mara.
The pride holds a strong central range sufficiently in the Masai mara and has a distant from large communities and settlements. Whilst the pride is subjected to influxes of cattle of the Masai in some occasions, but there have not been any major cases of conflict.