The Star (Nairobi)

23 February 2013

Kenya: Nairobi Park Diary - the Awesome Foursome

On a beautiful crisp clear morning, I found Mohawk in pursuit of a lioness. He walked after her and smelled her urine. He then went into the Flehman response by closing off his nose and exposing his fangs to be able to use the Jacobson organ in his mouth to test the pheromones of the female and see if she was in season for having his offspring or not.

The lioness did not seem very interested in him and when they were almost at No. 6 dam, I suddenly noticed another three male lions lying in the open.

Mohawk immediately became more alert. However, the lioness then decided enough and she turned and headed back out over the plains down a dry stream bed. Mohawk remained as he is one of the current dominant males.

The other three males awoke and walked over to him but Mohawk just walked over to the dam and drank water in the reeds (reeds filter the water and lions do like their water as pure as possible!). Mohawk then walked past the other "trio" and looked at them as if to say "come on, lets go!"

They all got up and followed him up the backtrack to No. 7 dam. I had seen them around there the previous day and judging by their full bellies, it appears they must have killed somewhere in the accacia shrubveld.

As the four lions walked up the hill together I thought what an Awesome Foursome they made as magnificent male lions! I pray that the lions of the Nairobi National Park will remain for future generations to see and appreciate.

The park is open daily from 06h00 to 19h00. For more information on the park you can link to the following websites www.kws.org or www.nairobigreenline.com or on facebook - Nairobi national park

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