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Lions in trees

Unread postby Luren » Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:19 pm

Greetings all!
At the outset my pics are not from Kruger, they are from a well known KZN park. I am posting it for the purpose of stimulating discussion and sharing something.

If it is of the opinion of the moderators that the thread should be removed for this reason then I apologize.
May I continue?
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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby bert » Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:32 pm

Actually, depends on the discussion
If it is about lion behaviour its allowed
We do allow animal discussions in South Africa.
But without promoting any park or reserve other then SANparks :D
Will move your topic to the animal thread, as the lions have nothing to
do with Kruger at the moment.

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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Luren » Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:57 pm

Now I know of lions climbing trees for various reasons:
They are known to do so when attempting to poach leopards prey
They have used the trees to avoid attack from formidable prey like buffalo
They are known in some parts to climb trees to avoid biting flies
Not so sure about going up trees to avoid the heat?

What I also dont know if this is seen regularly in Kruger-I havent seen this phenomenon in the times I have visited!

So here are pics to stimulate some discussion or to let others share their experiences.

Over the time that I was in this park I saw 2 prides of 4 each
Both prides had mature males and adult females and all wer up in the trees.

It was hot- temp 35 but know parks can get much hotter and we see them lounging under trees!

Enjoy! I think it is strange and nice to see
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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Luren » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:14 pm

This is the first pride with 2 females in one tree and 2 males in another 20 metres apart

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This is the male actually fast asleep then climbing down

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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Luren » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:16 pm

This is the second pride.
You can see the lions up on the branches

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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Tony Park » Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:10 pm

I was lucky enough to stay at Tinga Privat Game Lodge, near Skukuza, last year and we saw lions in a tree along the sabie river (in the area beween the low and high level bridges, on the Tinga concession between the sabie and the sand, but within sight of the public road).

The guide was checking a huge sycamore fig for a leopard that had been spotted there earlier, with a kill. The leopard ran down the tree and took off. Seconds later, four lionesses appeared (they'd been staking out the tree). Two climed up into the tree - one quite high. They weren't bad at climbing, but both were very nervous and quite inept at getting back down again. They gave up before they reached the kill.

I've got a reasonable pic of it, and if I could work out how to post pics here (I still haven't got my head around that yet), I would. It's the only time in 15 years of visits to Kruger I've seen lions in a tree.

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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Malealea » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:01 am

No ist not that unusual that Lions sit in a tree. As already told some African prides specialise themselves in climbing at trees. Even in Kruger does reports exist where Lions sit in trees. Why i can only speculate.
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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby banditoo » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:15 am

We saw lions in trees in Queen Elizabeth Park Uganda where they regularly sleep up in the trees. Seems they pick a nice branch or fork in the trees to stretch out on. They were pretty relaxed as we were only a few feet away from them in our jeep; with the pop up top we were at eye level for taking pictures. Will try to see if the posted picture will show up. Am not quite sure if I have the process right.
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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby banditoo » Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:56 am

With a bit of coaching I am trying another picture post using tinypic....here goes...another couple of shots of the Tree Lions in Uganda......

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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby ice » Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:27 am

If I'm not mistaken so far nobody has until now uploaded any pics of Kruger lions in a tree, so here we go, taken about three weeks ago near Croc Bridge

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This guy seems to be the leader of that croc bridge pride.
I've heard other travellers saying they once saw 16 different in that pride (I personally counted 10 at one time). Given the size of that pride I'm surprised you can see the rips of this particular fellow...also, to me he seems quite young to lead such a big pride
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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Rooies » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:47 am

During Jan and Feb it can be extremely hot and humid in northern KZN, so would guess that they climb into the trees to catch any breath of wind in order to keep them cool.
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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Alko » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:08 am

Hi AWB,

this is the same explanation they give us two weeks ago when we visited Uganda.
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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:26 pm

Lion(s) in tree. The second one is obscured by branhes. Taken in KZN.

I presume the behaviour is passed on from adult to cubs ... if mom climbs up a tree, the young ones will surely pick up the habit. :D



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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Jock » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:53 am

We found this young lion with three others on the H13-1 near Punda Maria trying out his climbing skills. He looked good in the the tree, but not so good when he was getting down.

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Re: Lions in trees

Unread postby Rooies » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:02 pm

It was shown on a wildlife film where a lioness climbed into a tree to steal a leopard's kill. She lost her footing and fell down. I the process, one of her hind legs got caught up in a fork of the tree. She was unable to free herself and starved to death. Not a nice story, but such is life in the bush.

I think the documentary was filmed in Mala Mala.
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