We often associate the beginning of summer with the arrival of new life. The tawny brown hues fade amidst the flush of the new green growth, the migrant birds return to the swarms of summer insects thriving in the warm humid environment. Along with it is the birth of many young animals. Impala lambs decorate the majority of the clearings, wildebeest calves have just started to drop, and in between all of this, and although not necessarily fixed on this time of the year, we have seen a number of zebra foals being born. There are some theories saying that with ideal conditions in summer the zebra fall pregnant and after a year-long gestation, they arrive just in time for the abundance of lush green grass to feed on. We spend a morning with a mother zebra and her very young foal, taking some of its very first steps.
The Nkuhuma Young Male, now also known as the Nwalungu Male, roaming around as a solo, nomadic male, has not yet managed to establish a territory yet and appears to have got into some conflict with other lions, as is evidenced by the multiple puncture wounds between his back legs.
Not sure whether they were inflicted by another male or possibly a pride of females. As the Mhangeni Pride were found not too far away. We then leave the very full-bellied male to go and see what the Mhangeni Pride were up to.
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