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Moniko Pride

The Moniko Pride are the best known pride in the Olare Orok Conservancy, and are named after the hill on which they are often found. The pride is substantial, and often has to split to hunt successfully. 

Details:

Last Update: February 2012

Pride Size: 29 - 36, including cubs

Known Individuals: 

4              Old Adult Female(s)
             
Old Adult Males(s) 
8              Adult Female(s)
2              
Adult Males(s)
0              
Subadult Females(s) 
             Subadult Males(s) 
12            Cubs(s) 

History:

The Moniko Pride numbered 22 adults and 10 cubs in 2009, and has continued to thrive. There are several generations of adult females, and the pride is often accompanied by numerous cubs.

Whilst they do have competition from the Enkoyonai Pride, the strength of the Monikos means that they area able to keep the prime southern area of the Olare Orok Conservancy as their core territory. 

Two adult males, Mzee and Lolalai, had control over the pride until 2010. Now, two other males - Lolparpit and Olbarnoti - divide their time between the Moniko and Enkoyonai prides. 

As of early 2012, the core Moniko pride consists of seven adult females and two males, together with twelve cubs of varying ages.

Stability:

The Moniko Pride is one of the most stable in the region. Whist the pride may consist of several smaller groups, this is a necessity for such a large pride. The subgroups range from numerous adults and their cubs to lone mothers.

The pride has experienced few losses. A number of conflict cases resulted in the death of a cub, and one sub-adult female was found killed by another lion. However, most cubs appear to survive until maturity and there have been no recent cases of infanticide. 

The pride contains lionesses of several generations and ages, including experienced older females. Whilst the pride could be at risk of a takeover, the size of the territory and the number of females within the pride gives cubs a good chance of survival. 

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