Shenton Safaris Big Cat Round Up
What an amazing week of sightings we have had out here. We are including alternative names in brackets for our Lions, the alternative names come from the newly aired Documentary-Drama on ITV “Lion Country – Night and Day” which was filmed here at Shenton Safaris during the 2016 season.
Thursday – 22 June
Luambe the large male Leopard was found by Andrew and his guest this morning. He was seen around Acacia Loop area, being very lazy without a care in the world.
Sandy and his guests found the beautiful Leopardess Chiphadzuwa this afternoon. She was resting at the bottom end of Fish Eagle Lagoon before standing up to stretch, after crossing the lagoon she went up a Sausage tree to rest a bit more. An unknown male Leopard was seen resting in the Ebony Grove near Kaingo Camp. as soon as he realised he had been spotted he stood up and made his way into some near by bushes.
Friday – 23 June
This morning by the Acacia Ebony Grove the Leopardess Chiphadzuwa was seen again. This time relaxing right next to the road.
In the afternoon the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) were found by Sandy and his guests. There were 7 Adult Females and 7 yearling cubs seen on Chimbwi Loop where they had recently killed a Buffalo they were now feeding on.
Patrick and his guests were out doing a camp out this evening. While they were by Charles lagoon they spotted an unknown female Leopard in the water hunting some Egyptian Geese. After being unsuccessful she proceeded to leave the water where she walked straight into a second unknown Leopardess. They both proceeded to have a territorial fight over who was the owner of the lagoon before going their separate ways, what an incredible experience for our guests out on their camp out.
Saturday – 24 June
This morning the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) were still feeding on the remains of the Buffalo they managed to kill, in the area of Chimbwi Loop. One more female had joined making the total count 15 members. Later the whole pride were roaring marking their territory.
Sunday – 25 June
Sandy and his guests relocated the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) this morning. 16 members altogether, 7 Adult Females, 7 yearling Cubs and 2 of the Numbu boys(The Punks) were still in the same place as yesterday, grooming each other and enjoying the morning sun.
That night the large male Leopard Luambe was seen in the area of Acacia Loop trying his luck to try and hunt some impala, unfortunately he was unsuccessful.
Monday – 26 June
Sandy and his guests were doing a walk between our to camps this morning, shortly after their departure from Mwamba they bumped into the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) resting on the river bank. In total there were 16 members , 3 Numbu Boys(The Punks), 7 yearling Cubs and 6 Adult Females.
Tuesday – 27 June
Sandy was in the area of the Geo-Source Cutline when some Puku alarm calling caught his attention. After some expert tracking in the area he found the Leopardess Chiphadzuwa moving through the bushes, they followed her for some time before being nicely rewarded. In a large Sausage Tree they found the large dominant male Leopard Luambe with a freshly killed Puku. Below the tree was a hungry Hyena waiting for some falling scraps as well as an additional unknown young male Leopard. 3 leopards, 1 Hyena and a Puku carcass all in one sighting!! the sighting are really something amazing this season.
Later that afternoon the 3 leopards were in the same Location although it seemed Luambe had definitely shown his dominance as Chiphadzuwa and the young unknown male were keeping their distance .
Andrew also manage to locate the Hollywood Pride (Rosa’s Pride). 6 Adult Females and 1 Numbu Boy(The Punks) were found close to pelican lagoon. It seems the Hollywood Pride has completely accepted the Numbu Boys as the dominant male coalition in the area and we suspect it wont be too long before the pride will start mating with the males. we will keep you posted.
Wednesday – 28 June
Chiphadzuwa, the leopardess, was found this morning by Patrick and his guests. She was at Fish Eagle Lagoon , using some dried out hippo gullies to sneak closer to a herd of Impala. As smart as this was she had not counted on the wind changing direction and completely giving away her hiding place. The Impala ran away and she went without a meal, for today.
Although not cat related Sandy and his guests discovered a new Hyena den during the night drive very close to Saddle Bill Stork Lagoon. this is interesting as there are 6 cubs currently and when they are a bit older they will be sure to influence the cat dynamics in the area