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 – 7 September
This morning we found the Kapanda Pride. They had killed a buffalo during the night in the area of Chimbwe Loop. They were in the company of Golum and his son, 14 lions altogether. It is fantastic to see them more this season.They stayed with their buffalo the entire day and that afternoon when we relocated them we saw that another lioness had joined bringing the final count to 15.
An unknown male leopard was found at the Kaingo Ebony Grove this afternoon. He was looking at a herd of impala and began hunting. He was almost in position to launch his attack but was unfortunately spotted by some baboons who began alarm calling and gave away his position
Later that night the large male leopard Tyson was found close to Mwamba Crossing. He was trying his luck at hunting a baby zebra withing a large herd but unfortunately had no luck.
Friday – 8 September
1 Numbu Boy (The Punk) and 1 lioness from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince&Ziggys Pride) were found on Acacia Loop. They were a mating pair and enjoying their alone time away from the pride.
Not too far way from the mating pair of lions we came across the beautiful leopardess Chiphadzuwa. She was walking along the river banking at Hippo Hospital looking for some potential prey.
Saturday – 9 September
The same mating pair of lions were found at the Hippo Hide this morning. They were still mating and we know this process can sometimes take up to 5 days to finish. Lets see where they go next.
3 Lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride (Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found at Hippo Hospital. They seem to have separated from the rest of their pride at the present moment.
The young Fish Eagle male leopard was found at Fish Eagle Lagoon during the night drive. He was stalking a unsuspecting herd of puku and got extremely close but an over eager hyena ran into the mix and chased away any chance of a meal.
Sunday – 10 September
Chiphadzuwa, the leopardess, was still hanging around Hippo Hide this morning. Sleeping under a tree, it looks like she had an unsuccessful night of hunting.
9 adult dogs and 6 puppies were seen close to Mwamba Camp. They are from the Kaingo Pack . The adults had a successful hunt this morning and returned to the den to feed the youngsters
Monday – 11 September
The Last Watering Hole Hide at Mwamba Camp is getting extremely busy. Today we had a mating pair of lions , 1 Numbu Boy (The Punks) and 1 lioness from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride(Prince & Ziggys Pride). They came and drank some water at the hide and after moving to the top of the river bank and began mating for all of the guests inside the hide to see. A nearby elephant ran out of the bushes and chased them away just as the completed their business. Our guests enjoyed numerous sightings of them throughout the day.
Tuesday – 12 September
An unknown male leopard was found atop a tree this morning on Leopard Loop. He had killed a bushbuck and was just resting next to the carcass
The Fish Eagle male leopard was seen at Fish Eagle Lagoon this afternoon. He too was up a tree with a puku he had only killed some hours before.
Wednesday – 13 September
10 lionesses from the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride(Prince & Ziggys Pride) were found at Hippo Hospital this morning. they all had full bellies and wee relaxing in some shade under some trees on the river bank.
Fish Eagle Lagoon was home to Malaika the leopardess this afternoon. Our guests watched here for a few hours where she went from sleeping, to hunting some puku but after being unsuccessful she decided another cat nap was in order.