The lions of Etosha are important to conservation in that they do not carry FIV (Feline Immuno deficiency Virus) which poses a threat to most of Africa’s lion population.
Because of this, Etosha lions have successfully been introduced to parks in South Africa such as Pilanesberg Nature Reserve and Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park, in order to strengthen these populations. Lions depend heavily on water, both to drink and as a source of prey species. Okondeka, Aus, Rietfontein, Goas, Kalkheuwel and Groot Okevi and Klein Okevi are their favourite areas in Etosha.
Lions are laid-back creatures and spend most of the day lazing about in the shade when they are not hunting or eating. They live in prides of five to ten females with their young and two or three territorial males that are usually brothers or pride mates.