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Cheli and Peacock Pride

The Cheli & Peacock Pride are named after the camp where they are often found. The pride are thought to have orignated from the Acacia Pride when they split. Originally three core females, the pride has passed through a rough period with no successful litters to now include eight healthy females and their cubs. 


Last Update: February 2012

Pride Size: 16-19, including cubs

Known Individuals: 

3              Old Adult Female(s)
Old Adult Males(s) 
5              Adult Female(s)
Adult Males(s)
Subadult Females(s) 
             Subadult Males(s) 
8              Cubs(s) 


The Cheli & Peacock Pride were originally small, with the only females being Nuru, Lilly and Siti. Their cubs born in 2008 were initially forced from the pride in mid 2009, before maturity, with the arrival of Caesar, an impressive male from the River Pride. We believe they were were fathered by Badawi, a male from the oroginal Acacia Pride. They survived remarkably well independently despite being 18 months old. They have now reached adulthood and Amber, Maskio, Kibibi, Saba and Ayo are mothers within the pride. The two males, Sebastian and Rescue, were last seen in mid 2011 and will have left the pride to become nomads.

When Caesar was with the pride, the three females failed to raise any cubs. Three cycles of litters were killed, firstly by Caesar, and subsequently by Ajani, Samir and Shambe who took over the pride. These males were in constant competition with three other males - Akiki, Jamal and Joshua originally from Lemek. These later males alse spent time with the pride and were seen mating with females. Both groups of three males also spent time with the River Pride.

As of late 2011, Ajani, Shambe and Samir became resident in the pride and are known to be fathers of the eight cubs of varying ages, born between June and August 2011. 


The pride had been unable to grow for some time with the constant turnover of pride males, but since the maturation and return of the five young females born in 2008, the pride has strengthened. Their range has increased by almost 100%, and the pride often has to split into sub-groups to hunt successfully. 

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