The iMfolozi wildlife volunteers and conservation monitors had a bit of excitement when leaving Mbhuzane camp at 5:30am on Friday morning, driving straight into the middle of the Sontuli lion pride. The lion pride had been serenading the camp all night and greeted us by having a sub-adult impala for breakfast in the middle of the road. The Sontuli lion pride cubs and one adult male entertained us with a good game of tug of war over the carcass before we had to dash off to find the wild dogs.
Members of the Sontuli Lion Pride in iMfolozi
A truly memorable experience!
South Africa’s lions are vulnerable and facing a high risk of becoming extinct in the wild mainly due to indiscriminate killing (primarily as a result of retaliatory or pre-emptive killing to protect life and livestock), prey base depletion, and unregulated trophy hunting. Habitat loss and conversion has led to a number of populations becoming small and isolated.