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. Numbu Boys (The Punks), Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) and Hollywood Pride (Rosa’s Pride)
Thursday – 14 September
13 members from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found by Pelican Lagoon this morning. They had taken cover in some thick bushes close to the waters edge hoping to make an ambush on any prey needing to drink.
A new pack of wild dogs were found this evening. 5 dogs all without collars were seen close to the Luwi River Crossing. We got news that this could be a small nomadic pack which has crossed over from the Nsefu Sector, who are known for covering massive distances while hunting.
Later that night we saw the Nsefu Pride. They have also crossed over the Luangwa river recently and tonight they were in the Ebony grove south of Kaingo. 12 lions altogether gazing over the water watching some giraffe on the other side. It will be interesting for pride dynamics in the area should these lions spend more time here.
Friday – 15 September
This morning close to Short Cut Crossing, we came across the old leopardess Malaika. She had climbed up a sausage tree and lay in wait for some impala to come feed on the fallen flowers below. One impala did venture close enough and she launched her attack but unfortunately she just missed.
We found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) this morning. They were relaxing on Lion Plains and they were split up. We had 2 older females with 1 tiny cub, and further away we had another 17 members of the pride. Later the pride began moving and eventually ended up drinking water at Pelican Lagoon where they watched a herd of buffalo drinking on the other side of the lagoon.
That afternoon we relocated on the pride to find they had killed a buffalo during the day. They were feeding happily but one lioness looked very badly injured from the hunt.
That evening we found the large male leopard Golden Boy on Guinea Fowl plains. He had no time to waste as he was constantly moving towards the area of Leopard Loop.
The leopardess Malaika was seen around Fish Eagle Lagoon Short Cut hunting some impala. She was in a large open area and was easily spotted by the potential prey.
Saturday – 16 September
This morning with saw the lovely leopardess Chiphadzuwa. She was around Fish Eagle Lagoon and had adopted the same hunting tactic that her mom used the other night. She too was up a sausage tree waiting patiently for some impala to come and feed on some fallen flowers beneath the tree. The impala were too smart for her however and kept their distance.
Sunday – 17 September
17 members of the Mwamba-Kaingo pride were seen this morning feeding on yet another buffalo carcass close to Pelican Lagoon. This pride has barely moved in the last few days as the prey seems to come to them as they just lay in wait.
Chiphadzuwa the young leopardess was found this morning by the top end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was sleeping directly next to the road without a care in the world and we noted she had a very full belly from a recent kill she had finished.
Monday – 18 September
16 members from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found sleeping on the road this morning very close to Pelican Lagoon. After finishing off yet another buffalo they all had very full bellies and were not interested in moving anywhere.
A young male leopard was seen close to the Acacia Ebony Grove. An id was difficult but we think could be the Fish Eagle Male. He was up a tree feeding on a large male puku.
This evening we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) moving towards Debs Tree. It is probably time to move as I am sure all the animals in the area have figured out the lions plan to just lie in wait at the water.
In the cover in darkness we returned to the Acacia Ebony Grove to find the young male leopard feeding on his puku. However this time at the base of the tree we saw the leopardess Mayi waiting for any falling scraps she could feed on. No sign of Mayi’s cubs for a while now, we hope they are okay.
Tuesday – 19 September
This morning we returned to the Acacia Ebony Grove to see what had transpired through the night. Much to our surprise we found the large male leopard Luambe atop the tree with the puku. Down below was the young leopardess Chiphadzuwa waiting for an opportunity to feed. That is 4 different leopards we have seen in 2 days around this carcass.
Not too far away on Acacia River Drive we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride). 12 lions all having a cat nap right next to the road.
11 dogs , 5 adults and 6 pups, from the Kaingo Pack were seen this afternoon. They were hunting around Big Baobab but after being unsuccessful they headed towards the Last Watering Hole Hide for some water.
Wednesday – 20 September
2 Numbu boys (The Punks) and 1 female from the Mwamba-Kaingo (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were seen this morning. 1 male (Mohawk) and the collared female were mating. The collared female had cubs in the beginning of the season, so to see her mating again now sadly means the cubs have died. Lets hope she will be more successful with the next litter.