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 – 24 August
This morning the male leopard, Golden Boy, was seen at Hippo Hide. He is usually found further inland however now with all inland water drying up he is forced down to the river side. It will be interesting to see what will happen should he come across Luambe the other dominant male in the area.
5 members of the Kaingo pack of wild dogs were seen at Mwamba. They were running right through the middle of the camp on the heels of a bushbuck but however were unable to catch it.
Friday – 25 August
5 wild dogs were seen at Mwamba Hide this morning having a drink of water. The hide is becoming more and more active now that things are really drying up and we suspect the dogs have move their den site close to Mwamba. We will keep you posted as we learn more.
15 members of the Mwamba-Kaingos (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) were found close to Charles Lagoon this afternoon. They were relaxing in the tall grass but looked as if they were in need of a meal, lets hope they catch something soon.
Saturday – 26 August
15 members of the Mwamba-Kaingos (Prince & Ziggy’s Pride) were seen again this morning. This time on the banks of the Mwamba River on Mwamba Extension. It still does not look like they have eaten. They remained in the same location the entire day and that night they started hunting.
Malaika the leopardess had successfully killed an impala. She had hoisted it up a sausage tree and was enjoying her meal. Later that afternoon she was seen sleeping underneath the tree with her kill safely hoisted above.
Sunday – 27 August
This morning Malaika, the large leopardess, was seen in the area of Acacia Loop, she had left the area where she had made a kill and was heading towards the Hippo Hide.
Chiphadzuwa the young leopardess was also seen this morning. She was further south close to the ebony grove, this is out of her territory and she seems be doing some exploring of the area.
Malaikas impala that she killed the day before had been stolen by the young unnamed male leopard of Fish Eagle Lagoon. He was feeding on the carcass without a care in the world and was content that he manage to steal from Malaika.
The male leopard Golden Boy was seen at Elephant Hide this afternoon. He seems to be sticking around for now.
15 Lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride(Prince and Ziggys Pride) were found on Fish Eagle Plain. They had their eyes on some buffalo and attempted a hunt which failed. After they rested in some shade on the banks of Fish Eagle Lagoon
Later in the afternoon close to sunset 4 lionesses of the Kapanda Pride were seen. They were found close to Pelican Lagoon hiding in some shade under a bush.
Monday – 28 August
This morning we saw the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) resting by T Corner which is between Hippo Hide and Acacia Loop. 16 Lions altogether, one young lioness tried her luck at hunting some puku on the beach however without the support from her sisters and aunts she couldn’t do much.
The leopardess Chiphadzuwa was seen this morning in the area of Fish Eagle Lagoon. She tried stalking some puku however was unsuccessful.
7 wild dogs from the Kaingo Pack were found this afternoon close to Mwamba/Small Baobab area. We assume this could be the new denning area which is why they are being by Mwamba hide now days as it is the only water source in the area.
Late this evening the young Fish Eagle male leopard was seen on Acacia River Drive. He was on the prowl heading towards Hippo Hospital. He has relaxed so much during this season which is great news.
Tuesday – 29 August
2 yearling male lions from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were seen this morning feeding on a puku close to Hippo Hospital. 14 other pride members were seen resting under a sausage tree at Fish Eagle Lagoon. This included 2 Numbu Boys (The Punks)
Further down the road form Hippo Hospital 2 female leopards were found. One was Chiphadzuwa and the the other was a young unknown leopardess. The were chasing each other around but not very agressively.
Wednesday – 30 August
Another unknown male leopard was found by the Lower Shelf of River Side Drive. Clearly Luambes territory does not reach into these parts and this could be a new male from further north.
The Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found feeding on a buffalo in the middle of Lion Plains , the 2 Numbu Boys (The Punks) were also present.