Beautiful and Elusive Lioness Magilani Introduces Her Cubs

Sep 7, 2010 | Categories: Lions | 4 Comments

We were so fortunate to see Magilani and her 2 cubs in August.  We saw her almost daily at her usual time of around 6:30 pm.  Her cubs were curious at first to see who we were and what we were all about. Initially, she was also wary of our presence but eventually settled down and sat near us after realising we were not a threat.  After 2 years of trying to get good identity photos of this special female, we have finally managed and a bigger bonus is seeing her cubs for the first time.

Observing and photographing lions in community areas is hard and we have only had about 30 sightings over the last 2 years.  This has been the best month so far and we are thrilled to have finally observed this beautiful female and her cubs.  We also had good fortune with our camera trap which took a great photo!



Magilani's 2 cubs

Her 2 young cubs

One of the cubs

One of the cubs

Image of cub taken on camera trap

Captured on camera!


4 People have left comments on this post

» Pirjo said: { Sep 7, 2010 - 04:09:18 }

Such a great picture. This lioness is truly a beautiful looking animal and her cubs look to be in good health.

» Pascal said: { Sep 7, 2010 - 09:09:13 }

When I see this lionness and her cubs, I believe everything is possible for future even if we know there are too many threats on them. Everywhere in Africa, number of lions looks to decline day after day.
Since 1990 that I used to go to Samburu, comparing with what I have seen last february (only 4 lionness in 2 groups), I am worried. It is not only lions which are declining, so many other mammals and birds follows the same bad way.
I hope I’ll be in position to help you in future because we have to save lions and other species.
Thanks for what you do and what you share with us.

» sauwah said: { Sep 9, 2010 - 11:09:23 }

it’s great to see the cubs and magilani looks good! good luck on all of them for they really need it. and thanks for the photos.

» janis gardner said: { Sep 19, 2010 - 08:09:05 }

Thank you for the fabulous photos, it warms the heart and soul. Maybe it’s a good thing the lioness is so elusive, she can protect her simba’s that way. Keep up the good work, and thanks for everything you do at Ewaso Lion Project.

Janis USA