Three young lion cubs, believed to be about 4 months old, are thriving in the Addo Elephant National Park. According to Megan Bradfield – a social ecologist at the park – the three are doing well and had been spotted by visitors to the park recently. A researcher at the park has identified that there is one male and two females in the litter.
This is wonderful news for the Addo Elephant National Park, as previous litters born had probably been victims of infanticide by male lions who often kill cubs they have not fathered, or possibly have been prey to the spotted hyenas. According to Megan Bradfield, the three cubs have been seen to play with the dominant male in the pride, who is believed to be their father. Lucius Moolman, the park manager says that once the cubs reached independence, they would be moved to other areas of the park to form the nucleus of a new pride.