We found the six 2 month old cubs with their mother and aunty enjoying the fresh cool air of the morning. They were very energetic and were running around, attacking each other and trying out their stalking skills. Mommy and aunty soon joined in for some fun.

This type of playing is vital for the cubs to build muscle and learn the hunting skills they will need later in life. A few minutes later they disappeared into the bush and weren’t seen for the rest of the day. Lions are more active at night and in the cooler parts of the day. When the sun is too hot they will lie around and sleep for most of the day, just like your cat at home.

Words and image by Jone’ Fick
Shamwari Field Guide