Lionesses leave cubs in the care of the pride males as they go in search of prey.

The lions (Panthera leo) called frequently throughout the night as they moved east from Dead Tree island into the central Xakanaxa area, where we found them just after first light. They were resting in the shade after a satisfying kill of two large buffalo calves.

Four of the females had left the rest of the pride, most likely following a herd of buffalo (Syncerus caffer), which have once again moved into the area. We have not seen buffalo here for almost two months and with a pride this size, the lions struggle to feed themselves adequately on smaller prey when they are not around.

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