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-Kaingos (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) and Hollywood Pride (Rosa’s Pride)
Thursday – 3 August
This week started with the lovely leopardess Chiphadzuwa hunting along the banks of Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was unsuccessful but I am sure it won’t be long until she finds some prey.
This evening 2 female wild dogs were found from the Kaingo Pack; they were sleeping on the road side close to Kaingo Corner. Later they were spotted heading towards Chimbwi Loop area, where we suspect the den site to be.
Tonight the 7 lionesses from he Hollywood Pride (Rosa’s Pride) were found close to Mwamba. They were on the hunt moving along the dried up Mwamba River and even moved right through camp.
Friday – 4 August
This morning the 7 lionesses from the Hollywood Pride ( Rosa’s Pride) along with two male lions, Golum and his son, were found on Crocodile Loop. They were resting but were in a perfect position to keep a eye on a small herd of buffalo not too far away.
The leopardess Chiphadzuwa was also seen this morning again at Fish Eagle Lagoon. She was resting atop a sausage tree watching a herd of impala.
Saturday – 5 August
Andrew and his guests came across another unidentified male leopard close to the area of Debs Tree. That brings the count of unidentified/unnamed leopards to 9 so far for this season. This male was stalking some impala but seemed very relaxed in his effort and was not successful.
This afternoon Sandy and his guests came across another unknown male leopard close to Kaingo Corner. This male was extremely relaxed sleeping just to the side of the road. He was spotted by a large troop of baboons who chased him out of the area.
Sunday – 6 August
Close to Debs Tree this morning we saw some familiar faces. 3 adolescent male lions, former members of the Hollywood Pride (Rosa`s Pride) were found resting on a river bank. They were key members of the pride last year but with them coming of age and the new dominant males in the area they were forced out of the pride to fend for themselves. It is so great to see they are doing well and they are in fantastic condition.
Yorum found the old leopardess Malaika this evening , she was in an area on the Luangwa River bank known as bottom shelf. She was hunting Impala and got very close in her attempt but unfortunately just missed her target.
Monday – 7 August
Just next to our lovely Elephant Hide, the large dominant male leopard Luambe was seen. He was resting atop a Natal Mahogany tree. He seemed to be watching the hippo in the river and was not stressed at all.
By late afternoon the leopardess Malaika was also found in a Natal Mahogany tree. She had recently killed a bushbuck which was stashed in the top branches. The sighting was by Acacia Loop area.
An unknown leopardess was seen in the Kaingo Ebony Grove this evening. She was heading south towards our Elephant Hide, also where Luambe was seen that morning. Will be interesting should they bump into each other.
Tuesday – 8 August
3 Lionesses from the Hollywood Pride were found very close to Mwamba Camp. These lions are calling this area home for the time being , perhaps because of pressure from other lions in the area.
Chiphadzuwa the young leopardess was seen this afternoon after just killing a bush buck. She was in Fish Eagle Lagoon, dragging her kill up a Ebony tree. Once atop the tree she decided a cat nap was in order after all her effort.
Wednesday – 9 August
Chiphadzuwa was found still with her kill this morning by Fish Eagle Lagoon. She had fed on the hind quarter and was looking very pleased with herself while watching a resting hyena below, who was hoping to get some scraps that might fall.
Chiphadzuwa was seen in the afternoon again but this time she had left her kill and attempted to hunt a herd of impala close to her tree. She was unsuccessful and returned to her original kill to carry on feeding. It just shows you how opportunistic these cats can be when a potential meal presents itself.