The lion has been an icon for humanity and have enjoyed a positive depiction in culture as strong but noble. Gondwana’s male lion fits the description perfectly. Until recently the male and female lions have avoided each other residing on opposite ends of the reserve. Gondwana management intervened to promote a bonding process whereby the entire pride was relocated to the centre of the reserve and temporally held in the predator boma. Lions are the only members of the cat family to display obvious sexual dimorphism—that is, males and females look distinctly different. They also have specialised roles that each gender plays in the pride.
Cupid’s arrow struck and within a week, it was like Valentine’s Day in March. The bonding process has been successful and once behavior such as the cheek rubbing and mating was seen, the felines were released back onto the reserve. The lion is the only truly social member of the cat family. Females form the stable social unit in a pride and do not tolerate outside females, membership only changes with the births and deaths of lionesses.
These apex predators have remained cohesive and are successfully hunting. We look forward to the results of the time spent on honeymoon in the boma. The King of Gondwana has resumed his position with his ladies at his side.- By John Vogel
May 24, 2012