Future of the Hollywoods
This season the Lion dynamics here at Shenton Safaris have provided non-stop drama. To begin with in May, we had the 3 Numbu Boys vocalising and marking territory deep within the Hollywood males’ territory. The Hollywood males were stuck on the other side of the Luangwa River, leaving the Hollywood pride defenceless against these intruders. See the story here: Drawing new lines.
Once the waters receded to a suitable depth, the Hollywood Males quickly made their way back over to our side, where they re-established their dominance over the Hollywood pride. But is it possible that these Hollywood males, Tangua and Nyuma, have spread themselves too thin?
They have the Hollywood pride within their western territory and the Nsefu Pride across the river. Then they have one more pride under their paws down by the Luwi River. All in all, the Hollywood males rule strongly over both sides of 10 km of river frontage.
The Numbu boys have opted to consolidate their power by moving further inland and now have control over the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride as well as the Kapanda pride. They have already sired two different sets of cubs with the Mwamba-Kaingos and have protected them to the ages of 6 months and 3 ½ months respectively.
A few days ago, one of the Hollywood females brought out her new cubs for our first viewing of them. She killed a Zebra close to the den site and brought the cubs to join her on the kill. Everything was well, until the Numbu Boys were discovered that night moving into the area of the Zebra carcass. If the Numbu Boys come across these new cubs, they will possibly kill them to eliminate the oppositions’ genetics. The Hollywood males being the fathers to the cubs, have the responsibility to protect them; however they were off with one of their other prides.
The following morning the Numbu boys were found on the Zebra carcass with the mother of the cubs sitting 400m away watching intently. We can only hope that she managed to hide the cubs before the Numbu boys found her kill.
We will keep you all updated as soon as we know more about the future of the Hollywood Pride.