The unmistakeable roar of a lion can be heard on most mornings at the Mpala Research Centre, the home of African wildlife on Explore.org. Both male and female lions roar, a sound that can be heard from five miles (8 km) away. With the recent rains and an abundance of prey, daily lion sightings have increased and it is only a matter of time before the ‘kings of the jungle’ grace the Explore.org cameras at Mpala’s favourite watering hole, the hippo pool. Their golden bodies and regal manes on the males are hard to miss against the now lush landscape. However, in drier months, they blend perfectly with their surroundings.
A spectacular sighting may happen during a hunt, with a lion pride taking down large prey including buffaloes, zebras, giraffes and sometimes young elephants and rhinos. They hunt mostly at night, but will also scavenge off the kills of other animals, including leopards, hyenas, African wild dogs, and cheetahs. Lions prefer to drink water every day, though they can survive on the hydration they gain from fresh kills.
At Mpala, the excitement of capturing a lion on camera is top on everyone’s list. Radio communications are abuzz with the words Simba (swahili for lion) and “Julisha Mpala Live!” (Notify the Mpala live team). Wilson’s image and the video in this post are from barely a week ago.
Victor Kasii @mpalalive