New Males Arrive in Samburu

May 2, 2017 | Categories: Lions, Reserves | 6 Comments

We are excited to report that four new males (who have manes!) have arrived in Samburu.  This is the first time since 2008 that we have had new lions here.  When they arrived, Lguret, our old resident male crossed the river in to Buffalo Springs and has remained there mainly. Loeku, another young 3 year old male, also went to Buffalo Springs.  The new males have been mainly seen in Samburu with the Koitogor Pride.  Nabulu lost one of her cubs after the males killed it the day after they arrived. Infanticide is common when males take over a pride although it is the first time we have encountered this.

Since the males arrived, they have been mating with the pride females. We are excited about this recent event as it means the lion population will not only grow, but the new blood is a welcome boost to Samburu’s lions.

We are yet to confirm where the males have come from, so stay tuned!  Here are some recent photos of Samburu’s newest arrivals.

Here is an update on the 4 new males in Samburu:  Thanks to our partners at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mary Mwololo and her research team confirmed that these 4 males originated from Lewa. They left Lewa in February and headed towards Ngare Ndare before moving to Borana and the Mukogodo Forest when they were last seen. Three lions were born in November 2013 to the same mother and 1 born in February 2014. And they have names – Brand, Bick, Mwack and Sakilenye

Three of the new male lions

One of the males with a growing mane

New male lion in Samburu

One of the males has been mating with Namunyak

In January a new male lion had been seen for a few days but disappeared quickly. We are grateful to all the guides in Samburu who have kept a close eye on the males and keep us informed.

6 People have left comments on this post

» sau said: { May 3, 2017 - 02:05:42 }

if possible could the old male and the young 3 yr old be traced and keep up their where about. i sure hope they can survive on their own. would be good if the 2 team up.

» admin said: { May 3, 2017 - 05:05:50 }

Yes Loeku has a collar and so we are able to keep a very close eye on him. The other male Lguret generally stays alone.

» Jenell Lentz said: { May 3, 2017 - 07:05:37 }

This makes me very happy!

» Janelle said: { May 8, 2017 - 08:05:25 }

Beautiful! I’m so excited to hear this! Thanks for sharing such great photos. Love their manes!

» Mary Muyama said: { May 12, 2017 - 08:05:08 }

Ooh WOW.
This is great news.

Please keep us updated on their origin if you have any news.