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 – 19 October
5 lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found sleeping by the Last Watering Hole at Mwamba Bush Camp this morning. They attempted hunting many animals who came down to drink but unfortunately were unsuccessful.
This afternoon 2 young female lionesses were seen relaxing on Lion Plains. We are not sure which pride they are from but they were contact calling looking for the rest of their family
The young leopardess Chiphadzuwa was seen resting atop a natal mahogany tree. Close to Fish Eagle Lagoon she was watching some animals passing by.
We also saw the young male leopard known as the Fish Eagle Male relaxing on a fallen down tree by the top end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. He is now extremely relaxed compared to how he was in the beginning of the season.
Luambe the large dominant male leopard was also seen by the top end Fish Eagle Lagoon relaxing under some bushes not too far away from the other male leopard.
11 Lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found this evening by the bottom end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. Their faces were covered in blood indicating they had eaten something recently but were now all relaxing on the beach by the river.
Friday – 20 October
11 members from the Kaingo pack of wild dogs were found early this morning. They were close to to Kaingo Corner, 6 adults and 5 pups. Seems as though they were well fed after a successful morning of hunting.
This afternoon not too far from Debs Tree we found the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride). 13 lions together feeding on a large male buffalo.
Chiphadzuwa was seen this evening sleeping on the beach close to the Luangwa River. She was watching the hippos leaving the water.
Saturday – 21 October
1 lone lioness from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) was seen this morning by Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was by herself contact calling every so often trying to reconnect with her pride.
This afternoon we found Chiphadzuwa and the Fish Eagle Male leopard in the Acacia Ebony Grove. Both drank some water together before the young male went his seperate way. He tried hunting some nearby puku but was unsuccessful. Chiphadzuwa watched on but did not seem impressed.
Sunday – 22 October
A new unknown male leopard was seen this morning at the bottom end of Fish Eagle Lagoon having a drink at the river. He was relaxed however once he finished his drink he headed towards some thick bushes.
At Shortcut Crossing this evening we found an unknown leopardess hunting some impala. She got extremely close but unfortunately was unsuccessful. We will be on the look out for this new visitor in the future.
9 members of the Nsefu Pride were seen close to Hippo Hide this evening. The lions tried hunting a herd of impala but were unsuccessful. They later moved further inland to find some more prey.
Monday – 23 October
An unknown leopardess was seen this morning close to Kaingo Corner. She was extremely relaxed and we hope she stays in the area. She just needs to watch out for the wild dogs.
Further south close to the Luwi River we found the ex-Hollywood male lion. He was feeding on impala that had fallen out of a tree, no doubt a leopard kill.
That afternoon the Luwi pack of wild dogs were seen. They were close to the Luwi River and were looking in need of a meal after found relaxing in the shade of a sausage tree
Tuesday – 24 October
The young leopardess Chiphadzuwa was seen this morning relaxing by a small waterhole on Acacia Loop. She seemed very well fed.
Again in the evening Chiphadzuwa was seem by the bottom end of Fish Eagle Lagoon relaxing in a sausage tree which had some fallen flowers down below. she had her eyes on some impala not to far away hoping they would come and feed on the fallen flowers, however it seemed the impala were was to the young leopards tricks.
Wednesday – 25 October
5 members of the Nsefu Pride were found this morning on Acacia river drive. They were lying in a dried out river bed and seems they had eaten recently. So nice to see them crossing over the river more and more now days.
Chiphadzuwa the young leopardess was seen by Hippo Hospital. She was feeding on a baboon when a hyena came along and chased her up a tree and proceeded to steal the baboon left on the ground.
Just down the road we saw Luambe the large dominant male leopard of the area up in a sausage tree. He was employing the tactic of laying in the tree waiting for an unsuspecting prey to come feed on some fallen flowers below. No such luck today I am afraid.