Unpreturbed by our arrival on the scene, and not far from Linyanti Bush Camp, a small pride of lions including 2 males and 2 females were spotted feasting hungrily on an Elephant Carcass.
It is unlikely that these lions made the kill themselves and it is believed they were scavenging on an Elephant that may have died of natural causes. A lion may gorge itself and eat up to 30 kg (66 lb) in one sitting. If unable to consume the animal in one sitting, Lions will generally rest for a few hours close by to the carcass, before consuming more. It did not take long for the pride to show signs of having consumed more than their fair share and they moved a few meters away from the carcass to rest in the shade as our guests watched in awe.
The mane of an adult male lion, unique among cats, is one of the most distinctive characteristics of the species and can often be used to assist in determining the age of the lion. It makes the lion appear larger, providing an excellent intimidation display, especially with its chief competitor the spotted hyena.
Additional animals recently sighted at Linyanti Bush Camp include Roan Antelope, Sable, Genet, Honey Badger, African Wild Cats, Buffalo, Elephants, Zebra, Hippos and spring hares. There has also been an abundance of Ground Hornbills and Giant Eagle Owls.
Resident Pearl Spotted Owlets have also been seen on a regular basis at the camp.