If you’re a fan of lion pride dynamics and follow the various prides within the Greater Kruger area, you’ve more than likely heard about the famous Ross Pride of lions that traverse the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. I’m not going to delve too deeply into the history of the pride, but rather focus on the current state of the pride and the changes within the pride. Courteney, owner of Africa on Foot, has written an informative piece about the history of the Ross pride if you need a bit of background info.
In short, it is rumoured that one or more of the males from the Ross Pride carry the white lion gene. The two dominant males, the Good and the Bad, have become infamous throughout the reserve. They’re tough boys that rule the pride and you’re either a fan of the Good or the Bad. The Bad is tough and scarred, the Good is clean-cut and well-groomed. The good news? The pride have been spotted with two new cubs – a great start to 2013! Guests were privvy to a fantastic sighting – they saw the females introducing the litter to the rest of the pride. Courteney suspects there are other cubs which have not been introduced into the pride.
In the past few weeks there have been two massive kills. One an impala, another a rhino cow. The Ross Pride seem to be going from strength to strength and guests have reported cub sightings and witnessed them feasting on carcasses. The Klaserie is delivering in terms of lion sightings!
If you’re passionate about lions, then follow the Africa on Foot and nThambo blog where the rangers will update you about the progress of the Ross Pride.
Long live the Ross Pride !!
* Lion cub images were taken by guest Mr Robert Weis who stayed at nThambo Tree Camp