Tree climbing lions across the glob was only considered to be in specific national parks,when one talks of tree climbing lions only Africa comes in some one’s mind and the thoughts are clearly directed to the two main National parks those are Queen Elizabeth national park in Western Uganda around the Ishasha sector and lake Manyara national park in Northern Tanzania.
On rare occasions few tourists have sighted these rare animals in South Africa in Kruger national park though not common with very limited chances of seeing them in fact it’s just at probability for one to see them. In Savuti region of Bostwana one can also have a chance to sight these animals when resting on top of big trees at the park.
The most resent scenarios is tree climbing lions in Serengeti where the guests saw the biggest ever pride of lions of 12 lions distributed on different branches of one big acacia umbrella tree, its more of a miracle and unbelievable on my eyes when I saw these with our guests very special moments of our safari in Serengeti besides the usual planned must see of the great wildebeest and the common variety of the birding species at the park.
Early morning game drives to the open vast savannah rewards you with the best scenic view of not only the plains of Serengeti but also the most unique tree climbing lions.
According to the animal behaviorists lions evolution does not adapt tree climbing with only two documentations of the tree climbing lions have been recorded leaving only the leopards to the giants and conquerors of the trees in the bush with their unique strength that enables them to carry a prey which is two times heavier than them high to the tree to feed on. The new acts of the lions to climb on top of the trees has attracted more attentions from tourists and researchers who want to discover the secrete behind this heavy animals to climb on the tree.
On recent articles released by researchers show that this adaptations are forced by nature to the lions as they want to have self protection from the small irritating insects that bite them when resting under the trees especially at the hot time of the day. The skills have been passed to the next generation through training of the cubs as we saw cubs following their mother to climb up in sausage tree.
On the other hand, one of the greatest factor favoring the lions to climb on top of the tree is the vegetation cover of that part of Serengeti, the place is mostly covered by big Acacia umbrella trees and sausage tree that all gives flat form and easy climbing for the lions.
In fact we can conclude by saying the tree climbing lions are not as rare as before you can miss in Lake Manyara but almost sure 90% from Serengeti national park as the vegetation is not as thick as Manyara and this gives one an open chance of seeing the animals.
Come enjoy remix of nature killing two birds with one stone, great wildebeest migration and tree climbing lions all in serengeti