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My hus­band and I have re­cently re­turned from an amaz­ing two-week trip to Uganda. Part of the adventure in­cluded a few nights in the Ishasha sec­tion of the Queen El­iz­a­beth Na­tional Park. We had heard of the tree-climb­ing li­ons found in this area and were for­tu­nate to spot them at the end of our first day. The two snooz­ing in the lower sec­tion of a fig tree were easy to spot. For­tu­nately, we de­cided to drive around the tree in both di­rec­tions for half an hour, and our pa­tience paid off. A quick twitch of a tail iden­ti­fied the male sleep­ing near the top of the tree. Soon af­ter this sight­ing, one black padded foot could be seen swing­ing be­low a branch half­way up the tree. From this emerged three cubs – a yawn, a scratch and back to sleep! Ac­cord­ing to the lo­cals, these li­ons spend much of their day in a tree to es­cape the heat … their an­swer to air con­di­tion­ing, I guess. This en­counter at the start of our trip set the stan­dard for what was still to come. From the beauty of the coun­try­side and the wildlife to the friend­li­ness of the peo­ple and huge va­ri­ety of bird species (in­clud­ing a rare sight­ing of the shoe­bill stork), Uganda will al­ways hold special mem­o­ries for us. – Furber Nothard, Jo­han­nes­burg

TRAGIC NEWS Eleven li­ons were poi­soned in the Queen El­iz­a­beth Na­tional Park in April. Only about 19 li­ons are left. Wild lion num­bers have plum­meted across Africa.

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