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 – 20 July

A large unknown male Leopard was found on Chimbwi Loop this morning. Yorum said an ID was not possible as he was hunting impala in some tall grass.

Friday – 21 July

This afternoon Sandy and his guests came across a large unknown male Leopard around Numbu Lagoon. He was hunting some impala using the tall grass as some good cover. Unfortunately the wind changed direction and gave away his position, he is very relaxed around the vehicle and I am sure we will see more of him in the future.

Later Andrew found the unnamed male leopard of Fish Eagle Lagoon resting up a sausage tree close to Hippo Hospital. its amazing how in just two months of us first seeing him he has become so relaxed.

Saturday – 22 July

This morning at Numbu Lagoon, 5 adult Lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingos (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) were found being lazy close to the water. They were presumably waiting for some animals to come down and drink.

On the afternoon game drive the Leopardess Mayi was seen briefly on Guineafowl Plains. She was stalking some Impala, however with little cover in the open area she was easily spotted. She stayed in the open for a few minutes grooming herself before disappearing into the thick bushes to continue hunting.  

Sunday – 23 July

Malaika, the leopardess, was found this morning hunting on the Geosource Loop area. She had a good opportunity to catch a bushbuck but unfortunately she was spotted before she could pounce.

She was seen again his evening by Patrick and his guests, this time hunting some Guineafowl roosting up a tree. Again she missed.

Monday – 24 July

This morning the 8 wild dogs from the Kaingo Pack were seen close to Hippo Hospital. The pack split up into two different hunting parties consisting of 4 dogs each. The first hunting party managed to kill a large male puku and finished the entire animal within minutes before the rest of the pack arrived. 

The 4 hungry members of the Kaingo Pack were seen hunting in the evening on Lion Plains. They managed to pull down a adult male impala but before they could begin feeding they were approached by a single large Hyena who was brave enough to steal their kill away from them. 

3 leopards were found together tonight. A male leopard, Luambe, and 2 females, Mayi and Chiphadzuwa. they were all in close proximity and after eyeing each other up for a few minutes they all decided to move off. A short while later Chiphadzuwa returned to the same location and climbed a sausage tree to reveal and impala she had hidden above the top branches.  

Tuesday – 25 July

This morning Chiphadzuwa was seen in the same sausage tree as the night before, just resting after finishing off her impala. 

On the evening game drive the 6 members from the Kaingo Pack of Wild Dogs were found by Saddle-billed Stork Lagoon. The managed to kill an Impala but were unaware just how close they were to a hyena den and within seconds the whole clan of hyenas rushed into the area to steal their kill.

Wednesday – 26 July

4 wild dogs from the Kaingo pack were seen this morning on the top end of Fish Eagle Lagoon. They were running around looking for a potential meal but unfortunately there was nothing to find so they proceeded to rest under a tree.

Chiphadzuwa the Leopardess was found later on resting atop the same sausage tree from previous days. She was chewing on the remains of an impala leg and we are sure it wont be long before she starts hunting again.

We have some sad news this evening. 5 adult Lionesses from the Hollywood Pride (Rosa’s Pride) were found this evening around Fish Eagle Lagoon. There was a group of vultures nearby feeding on a remains of an animal killed by the lions. Upon further investigation we saw the dead animal was in fact a baby Leopard about 4 – 5 months of age which fits the age of Malaikas cub . We will keep everyone posted as soon as we can confirm. 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Ken Dunwoody July 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    HI Craig! Thanks for posting these updates.
    Pat and I were hoping to learn the ‘names” of some of the cats we saw at Mwamba June 19-22 when Andrew was guiding us. There were two males that we found one night (I believe they were siblings) who were roaring back and forth. Andrew knew them, but I don’t recall the names.
    Also, we saw a female leopard, with a nasty gash on her right rear leg, near the river one morning.
    Any idea about the names of those?
    We had a fabulous trip!

    • Mwamba Bushcamp
      Mwamba Bushcamp July 29, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

      Hi Ken
      The two brother Lions who were roaring back and forth were the Numbu Boys(The Punks) and they are actually 3 brothers but they are not always found altogether. The Leopardess with the gash on her leg is the very well known Chiphadzuwa whose territory spans a large length of the river, that gash on her leg has almost completely healed up. So glad you enjoyed your time with us , hope to see you guys soon 🙂
      Craig

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