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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:02 pm

http://marapredatorproject.blogspot.com/2010/06/charms-new-arrivals.html

Charm’s New Arrivals
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Posted by Sara Blackburn at 3:35 PM
For some weeks now, Charm’s been looking very full. And I don’t think it’s all down to her sharp eyes and teeth! For about a week, Charm has distanced herself from the rest of the pride, and has been hunting and resting alone. Yesterday we found out why!
I think it’s more than just warthog in there…

Yesterday I found Charm hidden deep in Maternity Lugga. She had with her some tiny cubs, probably no more than a week old. Although I didn’t manage to count them, it is thought that she has three cubs – this is actually the typical number for lionesses.
Charm’s the last of the Three Graces to raise cubs this year

With an impressive pride of mature, feisty lionesses behind her, Charm’s bound to do well raising her cubs. Already there are six cubs with White Eye, Bibi and the other Graces, plus Hasani and Matajo, Joy’s two teenage boys.
This little cub will soon have even more siblings to play with!

Charm will keep her cubs hidden until they are old enough to follow her around comfortably. New mums are very secretive, and she will only spend fleeting moments with her sisters. If the pride move back to their home, Musiara Marsh, she may be forced to move the cubs. It’s also up to Clawed and Romeo to protect the pride from any other males, as a turnover would be disastrous for the new cubs.
It looks like the Marsh Pride will be back to full strength soon – Joy has also been mating with a number of males in the area, and so Charm’s new cubs won’t be the youngest for long!
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:14 pm

Lovely update - i just love the Marsh Pride and the Musiara Marsh, and the news of Charm is wonderful.

Thanks for posting Anne-Marie

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Post  Doogs on Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:57 pm

Brilliant reading, great that the Marsh Pride are doing so well, even with poor Red gone Crying or Very sad

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Post  littlewid on Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:09 pm

That is wonderful news, they are doing well and lets hope they all stay safe with Romeo and Clawed looking after them.

It did bring back memories of Red though, bless her I love you

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Post  whitestarling on Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:14 pm

Fantastic news on the cubs, and the strengh of the Marsh Pride Lets hope Clawed & Romeo keep them all safe while they grow up. As you say LW it is sad about Red she was one of the best, but at least the pride goes on
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Post  whitestarling on Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:43 pm

A new Mara Predator Report 4th August


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Post  Laikipia on Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:09 am

Thanks WS - another great update.

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:20 pm

Fingers Crossed for the New Arrivals!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Posted by Sara Blackburn at 4:43 PM

It’s been a while since the Cheli and Peacock Pride – Nura, Lilly and Siti – raised cubs successfully to adulthood. Although Shambe, Ajani and Samir’s takeover meant that Nura and Lilly’s last cubs were killed, it’s not all bad news. Since mating with the Cheli girls, these boys have hung around, and I’m please to announce that at least two lionesses have now had their babies.
Nura’s last cubs sadly didn’t make it… nor did those of Lilly and Siti

There are now two litters of two and four, hidden in croton bushes. We’ve had some lucky glimpses, and have seen Nura move her cubs due to the recent heavy rains.

Nura carries her babies to a safer place

Their five daughters, including Amber, Maskio and Saba, have all recently been mating with the trio of males who have attached themselves to the pride, which means that they have now reached maturity at around 2 1/2 years of age. These young girls are all very inexperienced, and unfortunately it’s not too common for young mothers to raise large litters, if any cubs at all. However, these lionesses always stick together, and may even gain the support of their mothers.

Ajani and Amber, one of the Cheli and Peacock 'seven'

After toppling Caesar from his pedestal, let’s hope that these three boys can do a better job of protecting their cubs.
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:12 am

Some good news and some sad news - thanks for posting WS

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Post  Doogs on Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:45 pm

Yes agree there Lai Very Happy Crying or Very sad

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:55 am

One of the Marsh Pride Lioness's has died


There's more news about the dead Lioness on the link below
http://marapredatorproject.blogspot.com/2011/02/white-eyes-fate-and-warm-welcome.html

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:40 am

I think the general consensus from all blogs is that it is Lispey - sad news if it is true and confirmed.

Thanks for posting the link WS

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Post  littlewid on Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:49 am

That is sad news to be reading Sad we know they are not going to live forever but it doesn't make it any easier to read does it. As Lai say's, if it's true and confirmed, it is a sad day indeed, poor Lispey I love you

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Post  Doogs on Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:17 pm

Just goes to show how difficult it is at times to keep track of these big lion prides, no-one really knows for sure that it's Lispy although you're right Lai it does look as though it is her. Poor girl Crying or Very sad Sad
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Post  whitestarling on Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:44 pm

Latest Mara Predator Project Update


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Post  Doogs on Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:26 pm

Thanks WS - love that shot of the two male lions silhouetted in the sunrise, beautiful :) Cool
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Post  whitestarling on Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:39 pm

An update from Mara Predator. Looking for haow many Lions there are in the Olare Orok Conservancy


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Post  Laikipia on Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:22 am

A great read - thanks for posting WS

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Post  Laikipia on Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:46 pm

Update 19th April - sad news confirmed re Lispy

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Post  Doogs on Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:10 pm

Sad news but at least it's now been officially confirmed Crying or Very sad

This time of year is never easy for the 'cats' of the Mara as food is scarcer so it's not nice to read that some of Marsh Pride are looking thin Sad Here's hoping they have better times ahead
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Post  whitestarling on Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:55 pm

Thats a shame Lisby was an important member of the Pride, it a sad loss for them, but at least the Three Graces have been accepted back into the Pride which is some good news. Lets hope they all find plenty to eat soon. Thanks for letting us know Lai
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Post  Doogs on Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:51 pm

Posted on FB - Some great info / identification of individual lions in the 2 main resident prides from Living With Lions researcher Sara Blackburn in the Mara Predator Project of the Lions of Olare Orok Conservancy, Masai Mara :-

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.519961304682762.125301.127029937309236&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.10151161313754563.457642.93222379562&type=1
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Post  whitestarling on Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:59 pm

Doogs. Its really fascinating how she goes about recording the identification process, and good to see some news on the Lions of Olare Orok Conservancy, I know its on FB now, but I do miss her regular Blog updates that she used to do
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Post  Doogs on Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:00 pm

I Agree WS, so do I Crying or Very sad
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