Tree Climbing Lions
Tree Climbing Lions In Queen Elizabeth National Parkthat is Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park located in western part of Uganda. it lies in four districts that is Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi and Rukungiri. Apart from the tree climbing lions Queen Elizabeth national park also harbors a wide range of animals. They include elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks, giant forest hogs, hippos and Nile crocodiles. More so, there are leopards, hyenas, primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and variety of bird species.
Tree climbing lions are the reasons for the fame of the southern part of queen Elizabeth national park(Ishasha). The tree climbing lions draw thousands of tourists from all around the world to the national park. They are a star attraction and breathe taking experience for the tourists that visit.
Uniqueness of Ishasha Lions
The tree climbing lions at Ishasha in Uganda are a unique attraction because the habit of lions climbing trees is not common. They are a part of the wider lion family. There are no more than 2 populations in the whole world of such lions. That do exactly climb trees as one of their day to day behavior.
Queen Elizabeth national park is the only park in Uganda where tree climbing lions are found. You see these lions lazing around in the myriad brunch towering fig trees brunch towering fig trees
No one has come up with the exact answer. Some think it is culturally ingrained in the lions. That it is a learned behaviour the lions acquire rather than their instincts. The most learners say being up the trees allows them to observe the surrounding. See anyone approaching and spot potential prey and foe. Fleeing from insect bites this is mostly in the wet season. Escaping from the heat on the ground during the hot dry season.
Tourists get lost of words and stay amazed when they come to visit Queen Elizabeth the mysterious tree climbing lions. The tourists spot quite a number of them sleeping in the trees.
This gives a glorious safari to the tourists.
What is the best season for lion trekking in Ishasha?
The climbing lions of Ishasha in Uganda can be tracked and spotted at any time in a year. But the only ideal is that the dry months June to September is the greatest season for spotting the lions because the grass in Ishasha sector is short which gives a clear view of the lions than compared to the wet season when the grass is tall.
It is also during the wet season that the tree climbing lions find it difficult to climb the branches reason being they are wet and slippery and these are months of
It is also during the dry season that it becomes very hot forcing the tree climbing lions to climb the acacia and fig tree branches so as they can find a shelter that can protect them from the dry hot heat of the sun.
But for the best view of these big cats in queen Elizabeth National park during game drive, they limit only a number of people participating per track to avoid stressing the lions. This might sound strict but it helps tourists/ participant have the best experience, allows better photos and to watch the lions for a longer time since they are not scared of a big number of excited tourists
Limited Numbers are allowed to track
Tracking lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park is different from normal game viewing. Only a limited number of people are allowed to participate so as not to stress the cats. Having few participants makes the experience more personal and allows for better photos since the lions are not forced to leave because of excited tourists. Moreover, Researchers are less distracted when with a smaller group. And can share information more effectively.
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