To diversify the gene pool for lions in Marakele National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) has released to new lions into the park. The cats, which are both male, were trans-located from Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in the North West Province. They arrived in Marakele National Park in March 2014 and were kept in a boma to acclimatise to the new surroundings and strengthen the bond with one another.
In 2013 SANParks already introduced two male lions as well as four lion cups to Marakele. The translocation of the two new cats brings the total number in the Park to 23 lions.
Marakele National Park is located in the Waterberg Biosphere in South Africa's Limpopo Province and covers about 670 square kilometres. The Park's accommodation options include two camp sites, namely Tlopi Tented Camp and Bontle Camping Site, and the Motswere Guest Cottage, a farm-house turned guest cottage self-catering unit.