We got an email today from the Film Crew following the White Lions with this Update…Thank you very Much Will & Liane Steenkamp for the Update & the Photos.
It’s been a real tough mission looking for our lions in the rough, rocky mountainous terrain on both sides of the Klaserie River. As most of you will know, the “white pride” has been spending the majority of the last four months in the northern section of the Klaserie PNR along the river.
Most of the days we track and search until dark, with no result. But yesterday we had a bit of luck again..
We found them close to a dam, from where they started to stalk giraffe in the early morning. After a while they gave up and seemed to settle for the day. A little later, at around 9am, they got up again and walked closer to a herd of impalas as the rutting of the males got their attention. Although they had recently fed they seemed very keen on hunting and soon they were in stalking mode again.
Then two rutting impalas almost ran straight into them. One of the lionesses just watched them as if confused that they were coming towards her and one of the white youngsters did a half-hearted attempt to catch one, but failed.
Just as they were about to settle in at 11am, they watched some vultures flying low and landing nearby, and they all got up again and suddenly rushed off.
We lost them in the thick bush but luckily we managed to relocate and once we drove closer we suddenly noticed one of the white ones up high in a marula tree, feeding on a leopard’s impala kill!
As cubs they often climbed in trees and finally these climbing sessions paid off.. Unlike the lionesses (the big one, Matimba as we call her, didn’t even try, the other one barely made it to the first fork but just managed to pull a piece of the carcass down with her..) the youngsters easily managed to climb up in the tree and each one had a feeding session, with the young male being up there for the most part and while he was feeding he was stared at by some giraffes close by..
One white lion even ran towards the giraffes, as if to say; Beat it or I’ll catch you.. And the giraffes didn’t know how quickly to get out of there..
The getting down part was a bit more tricky and they looked rather pathetic in their clumsiness to get back down to the ground..
Hope to give you another update soon,
All the best,
Will and Lianne
PS. the photos attached aren‘t of such great quality, but it‘s just to give you an idea of the sighting and the size of the white lions… For the good stuff, you‘ll have to wait for the film.. 🙂