For six weeks this female cub has been hidden away by her mother in the long grass.
But today with her brother and sister, she’s going to join the nursery group or creche
at the heart of her pride.
Adult females provide the food
and the first line of defense.
With at least four in her pride this cub should be well looked after.
All the lionesses have their own cubs
who will be both playmates and future allies.
Under the female’s watchful eyes
she can practice her stalking, pouncing and fighting skills.
But there is one more family member to meet
and perhaps the most important of all.
Marauding rival male lions are a constant threat.
If they overthrew him, they would kill all his cubs
and father their own.
The security of the whole pride
and this cub’s future
rests on him remaining strong.