The Hoanib Floodplain Pride

Xpl-10 Xpl-25 Xpl-56

The Hoanib Floodplain and Hoaruseb groups
The genealogy of the original Huaruseb Pride (below) gives a schematic overview of the composition and relatedness of the group. Xpl-10 (“Sarah” – named after the shopkeeper at Purros) and her daughter (Xpl-25) moved to the Hoanib Floodplain towards the end of 2006. Xpl-10's second litter (Xpl-37 & 38) remained in the Hoaruseb River. Initially the two sub-groups interacted occasionally, but the frequency of these interactions decreased significantly towards 2008. The Hoanib male "Adolf" (Xpl-3) interact regularly with Xpl-10, 25 and their young.

A new GPS collar was fitted to Xpl-10 late in May 2009. Intensive monitoring of this important group of lions can now be continued. Xpl-10 was first radio-collared in late 1999 when she was two years old. She and her offspring has been the focus of much attention and research ever since.

The 5 Musketeers. Video of Floodplain lionesses and the "5 Musketeers".

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Synchronised movements. Below are four synchronised movement animations of Xpl-10 (dark blue icon) in relation to the movements of the male, Xpl-73 (red icon) and the Hoanib lioness (Xpl-47, light blue icon) for a two-month period, between 22 Nov 2010 and 21 Jan 2011. Each animation spans over 15 days.

22 Nov 2010 - 6 Dec 2010

7 - 21 Dec 2010

22 Dec 2010 - 5 Jan 2011

6 - 21 Jan 2011

New movement animations
The movement patterns of the adult lioness (Xpl-10) of the Hoanib Floodplain Pride are presented below using a Flash animation. Click on the PLAY button to start the animation. The timeline is constant at 7.5 seconds per day (24 hrs). Black and yellow bars indicate night and daytime, respectively, on the timeline. When the red dot moves quickly across the screen, it accurately represents the speed at which the llion moves.

September 2009 - first 6-day highlight

Earlier animations of Xpl-10

2009 (Xpl-10)