The future of this young lion and his pride faces an uncertain future. His name is Jacob and he lives in a place called Ishasha, Uganda. Although he lives in a national park, protection is limited and his sister was recently caught in a snare. If we want lions like Jacob to survive into the future we have to make communities benefit from their existence. It won't just take compensation from a wealthy foreigner - we need to develop a revenue generating scheme for communities where lions become valuable, even when they raid stock. Equally importantly we have to figure out how to raise more money for on the ground protection (anti poaching). The last few weeks have been incredibly emotional and enlightening and Jacob and his pride are showing our team that if the legendary tree-climbers of Uganda are to survive they will need the worlds help.
Catch the story of Jacob, his sister and a bunch of cubs learning to live in the wilds of Kasenyi and Ishasha on @natgeowild later this year!
Video by @alexbraczkowski
Turn your sound on for some hungry lion sounds! When lions feed it can get competitive and at times even fierce! @alexbraczkowski has been filming a new @natgeowild show on tree-climbing lions in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park. Many of the lions he sees are full of scars and scratches and you can see why in this video of a pride of 11 lions (three mothers with 8 cubs) feeding on a male Uganda kob which they've just killed. Although male kobs can weigh over 200 lbs, they don't last for more than one meal for this pride of lions and on this particular occasion Alex filmed them eating the whole carcass in just four hours!
If you're wondering why the video has a weird blue color, it's because Alex is using a special infrared light. He's been doing this so he doesn't affect the lions when they are hunting (you can imagine how a hot white light will give away the position of a predator or worse blind the prey its trying to hunt!). Follow @alexbraczkowski and @natgeowild for more shots of lions and other big cats!
Queen Elizabeth's Ishasha sector has some of the most iconic scenery in the whole of Uganda - sycamore fig tree forests in a sea of scrub savanna. African lions have developed a culture of tree-climbing here. Momthers and grandmothers teach their cubs to climb trees from a young age and the behavior is now common throughout not only Ishasha but the northern section of the park in Kasenyi. Lions at even 500 pounds easily scale even the largest of fig trees, but climbing down is much harder. At over 250 pounds these adolescent lions show us that climbing down is far tougher 😆 #follow me @alexbraczkowski as I shoot a new @natgeowild television show on these tree-climbing lions, how many of them there are in the park and why it's important to save them.