This month, the Mwamba-Kaingo lion pride (MKs) continued to hang around in the Lion Camp area chasing buffalo. They caught two buffalo in front of camp within 24 hours, and were chased up and down by elephants who had come to drink in front of camp. Over the last week we have seen the Punks mating with the Hollywood females which we are, of course, hoping will lead to more lion cubs next year.
The wildlife coming down to drink in front of camp has been spectacular as water availability in the park was at its lowest with temperatures soaring. Huge herds of buffalo regularly came, alongside zebra, elephants, giraffe, and a few more permanent wallowing hippo. Two buffalo got stuck in the mud and were found by hyenas that night with lots of commotion and sound.
This time of year we see lots of flowering as trees and shrubs push out vital energy to produce some spectacular blooms. These flowers can produce a much needed food source for many insects, birds and mammals during this dry time of the year. Lots of feeding frenzies were seen with baboons, Vervet Monkeys, squirrels and birds in the trees, and various game below eating the fallen flowers.
The Sausage Tree in particular produces a wonderful display of huge velvet red flowers which open at dusk, and fall to the ground over the first few hours of light the following morning. With various animals moving from tree to tree eating the fallen flowers we would regularly find leopards hiding in the trees waiting to pounce on the prey below, not always successfully though. Malaika's daughter Chipazuwa is particularly keen on this technique.