We have been spoilt with many sightings of the Duma Tau Pride that consists of 15 lions; they have been found on the Duma Tau floodplains frequently. They have been successful with hunting and our guests have been very lucky to see these lions feeding on a couple of occasions. The Savute female has also been seen numerous times and is still on her own – this does not stop her from eating well however, as she is a very good and experienced hunter. She lost her cubs in September and this has led her to being back into estrus, so we have been lucky to see her mating with the dominant male lion from the Duma Tau Pride that lost his brother last month. We have also had the LTC Pride from Kings Pool come very close to camp on the Duma Tau floodplains.
The Duma Tau male leopard still dominates this area and we have found him a couple of times at his favourite tree – the big jackalberry on the Duma Tau floodplain. He has taken a liking to catching warthogs lately and has become a successful hog hunter. We found this leopard feeding on a large boar, which must have put up a huge fight, attracting hyenas in the process. It wasn’t long before the spotted predators arrived in number and chased the feline off of the kill.
On the wild dog front, the Zib Pack has been very active around the camp area and continues to be very successful in the hunting department. We had the privilege of watching the pack ground an impala right in front of camp and devour it. The pups were there too and the adults promptly regurgitated some food for them. Unfortunately another pup has perished at the claws of the Savute lioness; this brings the number of pups down to nine. A couple of weeks ago the Zib Pack and Linyanti Pack engaged in a territorial dispute which resulted in a couple of adult casualties (click here for the full story). The opposing packs were seen fighting again but no casualties occurred this time.