Lioness On the Hunt
Copyright (c) Anthony Press
Came upon this lioness sitting next to a bush one morning, quite near the road (S126, near the Sweni waterhole). She was well camouflaged against the winter grass, intently warching some zebras in the distance. They had not seen her and were slowly making their way in her direction. The wind was in her favor, coming towards her. She looked almost benevolent, dignified and wise, from this angle. Swipe for another view of her from a different angle, a very different look. The heat was building, but she was patient. We noticed her looking off to the side, and after a while made out several of her pride members arrayed in a line across the landscape to her right, about 50 meters apart from each other.
Lions hunting together take visual cues from each other and communicate by their guestures and movements. We saw one of the lions off to her right starting to move forward, too eager, too brazen, and eventually it was seen by the zebra. Their alarm calls called the lions out and ended their hunt. The other pride members then came out of their cover, walking towards her, arriving one at a time. Eventually there were eight lions lying in the shade together, but with nothing to eat.