The Unique Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda & Where To Find Them

Lions are among Africa’s big 5 and Uganda’s big 7 found Uganda’s National Parks and wildlife reserves. Lions are among the most sought wild animals on game drive. Majority of the clients wish to track lions on a wildlife game drive and their desires are always satisfied on the Uganda tours to the different protected areas which are home to the King of the Jungle.A grown lion weighs about 150-250kgs for males and the lioness (female lion) weighs about 120-180kgs, and they can live in the wild for up-to 14 years. Lions kept in zoos can live up-to 20 years. Not as humans where a man is responsible to provide food for the family, the lionesses do most of the hunting yet the male lions need at least 7kgs of meat per day and 5kgs of meat per day for the females. In the open wildernesses like in Murchison falls National Park over looking the Albert Nile, there are many thickets where lions hide their catch such as Uganda Kobs so that they don’t get any disturbance from hyenas and moving Safari vehicles.

Lionesses normally starts producing at the age of 4 years, and can mate with any male before it conceives and the mating can take several days. The gestation period is 110 days and can give birth to up-to 4 cubs. The cubs are hid under thick thickets where hyenas and buffaloes can not easily kill them. The cubs are born blind and weigh about 1.2 to 2.1 kg.

Uganda Tree Climbing Lions

Lions among the cat family though they are not known for climbing trees, Uganda lions being found up in the tree branch is a unique adventure moment. Lions are often found in the open savannah grasslands roaming around, sleeping, resting or hunting but in Uganda – lions normally climb and rest in these fig trees when noon approaches. It is hard some times to find them up in the trees when it is raining, or when it is still slippery in the morning. These tree climbing lions of Uganda are found in Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Southern section near the Congo boarder and the Kidepo Valley National Park in north-eastern Uganda .

Uganda’s tree climbing lions climb and rest in the umbrella-shaped fig trees to hide-away from the sun, spy on their prey, and some times run away from the mosquitoes or tsetse flies. The Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth id the famous destination to sight these tree lions. However, other tree lions have been sighted in Kidepo Valley National Park hanging in the sausage trees.

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