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Kicheche Pride

The Kicheche Pride are our most northern pride, resident in Lemek Conservancy. Once large, pressure from livestock and people caused the pride to split in 2009, but several females are now with cubs. The pride now includes three generations of females. 

Details:

Last Update: June 2011

Pride Size: 12-18, including cubs

Known Individuals: 

1              Old Adult Female(s)
             
Old Adult Males(s) 
3              Adult Female(s)
3              
Adult Males(s)
0              
Subadult Females(s) 
             Subadult Males(s) 
8              Cubs(s) 

History:

In 2007, the Kicheche Pride totalled over 30 lions. The pride has since split into several groups, and also been reduced in numbers.

In 2008, the main pride consisted of several core females and a number of sub-adults. Three of these males, Joshua, Jamal and Akiki, moved from Lemek to the River and Cheli & Peacock Pride. They were in direct competition with the River males, Ajani, Shambe and Samir, and Akiki was last seen in the Talek region of the Masai Mara National Reserve. 

The two males Moswan and Kinna have been pride males since 2010. Sikio has also been seen mating with pride females further to the north, indicating that he may be attached to the Olchorro Pride.

Cleopatra and Ngare are the oldest females of the pride. Their daughters, Kanzi, Farasi and Almasi have since had cubs. Sangiki, of the same age set as Kinna, has also matured to have cubs, but is absent from the main pride. 

Stability:

The Kicheche Pride have been highly unstable since Lemek conservancy experienced a high level of tourism and livestock. Several lions have been killed due to livestock conflicts. Livestock moving into Lemek caused several lions to move into the Aitong hills, bringing them into conflict with local communities. 

Interestingly, Kinna, one of the Kicheche Pride males, was with the pride as a sub-adult - it is highly unusual for related males to remain within the pride. The reason for this may be the absence of his mother and severe shifts and splits of the pride, and the failure of other females to expel him. 

Several females have had cubs killed by males, including Ngare, who had cubs killed by Moswen and Kinna. 

Pride stability now seems to be improving, and the pride has resident males, strong mature females, and cubs of several ages. 

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