Buffalo escapes from lions


This video from South Africa says about itself:

17 November 2016

This video is one of those that captured a sight that will never happen again…

The footage shows how the saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”, plays its part in this poor buffalo’s life as a lioness, from a different pride from the lions killing it, indirectly saves its life.

Mike Kirkman, a professional guide at Mala Mala Private Game Reserve, filmed this once in a lifetime scene while guiding a drive with guests in the Mala Mala consession in the Greater Kruger National Park.

Mike isn’t a newbie to lion vs buffalo videos, he also sent in this outstandingly rare footage that has been viewed 2.4 million times. A video that he too submitted to our Film and Earn program, our program where amatuer and professional wildlife film-makers can earn revenue from their footage.

Adding to his luck, he saw another sighting recently where he got to film two rival prides of lion attacking and catching the same buffalo cow.

Mike was at a sighting where he was watching the two prides of lions a close distance apart from each other. One pride was given the name “Eyrefield” pride and the other the “Matshapiri” pride. The Lionesses of the Eyrefield pride chased the buffalo through the riverbed in a spectacular fashion, and caught one buffalo that couldn’t make it up the embankment in time. Then males of the Matshapiri pride saw an opportunity for a meal and quickly run over to help the lionesses bring down the buffalo.

When everyone watching thinks that it’s all over, that the buffalo is dead and the lions are going to have a filling meal, a lioness, belonging to the Matshapiri pride, tries to sneak in and join the action.

The rivalry between the two prides doesn’t let the Eyrefield lioness tolerate this and a huge fight ensues with all the lions attacking one another regardless of which side they are on. One even sees that not only do the two males attack one another, but also they attack the lioness on their own team.

This is now where the emotions in the viewer rise up!

In all this confusion, the buffalo gets up and makes her escape while the lions run after one another roaring.

It is like nothing even happened.

Hippo drives away lion, video


This video from Africa says about itself:

4 November 2016

A lion ventures into an area of the river that’s part of a hippo bull’s territory. The enraged hippo wastes no time in asserting his dominance.

Lion attacks leopard, video


Thisvideo from South Africa says about itself:

19 October 2016

This is the intense moment caught on film of a bold lion sneaking up on an unsuspecting leopard having a nap.

Matthew Poole (26), a professional guide at Kirkman’s Camp in the Sabi Sands, watched this exciting scene play itself out right before him and his excited guests.

“By far the rarest sighting in my guiding career!” Matthew told us.

Matthew continued: “On October 04th 2016, we had started our game drive in search of leopard.

After hearing a male leopard had been found we all got excited and headed into the area.

The male leopard started to walk along the banks of the Sand river scent marking all the way. It was at this moment we noticed the male lion lying in the river on the opposite bank.

I said to my guests ‘Can you imagine if these 2 dominant males came together’. It seemed as if my words weren’t cold because shortly after that the male leopard went to sleep and the lion started to stalk him from the other side of the river.”

Matthew stated that he had mixed emotions as this sighting started to unfold.

There was a lot of excitement and nerves building as the male lion started to stalk from across the Sand River.

As the lion got closer to the leopard, Matthew realized that if he caught the leopard, then he would potentially kill it. “At this point I started to warn my guests about what could happen.” But, before they knew it, the lion was right below the sleeping leopard!

Fortunately, the lion didn’t kill the leopard, but the sneaky lion scared the living daylights out of the leopard.

“The lion drove the leopard into a Leadwood tree on the river bank and then had a drink and moved off out of the area”.

Lions bite hippo, hippo bites car


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Hippo Bites Land Rover As Lions Attack

3 November 2016

A bit more about the sighting:

In this video it is incredible to see how a pride of lion attempt to take down a fully grown hippopotamus. Watch how the hippo turns to take its frustration out on a nearby vehicle.

25 year old, Dean Grant, works in the construction industry as a Finance and Operations Manager but during his off-time, he decided to head off to the Kruger National Park with his family.

“Having visited game parks on many family holidays growing up, we had never seen anything like this. We told many rangers about our experience none of which had ever heard of such a thing and said if they had been asked “would lion ever attack a hippo?”, they would have said no.

We saw the attack quite early in the morning. We had driven into the park from Mjejane as soon as the gates were open. We decided to go west along the river to start our drive. All our eyes were peeled, we were feeling fresh and excited searching the bush in anticipation, not knowing what our first big spot of the day would be. We were really hoping to see some cats as we had yet to tick those off our lists. We hardly expected to see a pride of 8 females and some teenage cubs in full attack mode right in front of us.

The initial sighting of the lions, full of energy, sparked excitement. This was followed by a feeling of sorrow for the poor old hippo who didn’t stand much chance against the lion pride.

Horror, when the thought of how much pain and stress the hippo was in and to see the hippo’s eyes realise imminent death.

However, as this is an event of life taking its course, I felt a sense of respect for the lion pride’s hard work and determination to make their next big kill to feed the pride. A feeling of uncertainty also made an appearance as the hippo made a move towards the river, “Was the hippo maybe going to make a great escape and get itself down to the river?”. It was a moment for which I will always feel privileged to have witnessed this scene unwind.

The sighting ended when the hippo made its way down into a ditch off the road just out of sight. The lions where now taking turns at attacking the hippo and getting through its tough skin while the others lay up the hill in the shade panting and taking small naps.

Knowing that the hippo’s chances were now over they were no longer in a rush. We watched the exhausted lions for a while before driving off feeling very privileged. We returned later that afternoon to find the lions passed out and very full from their well-deserved meal.”

Lions mating next to road, video


This video says about itself:

3 October 2016

Amazing video of 2 lions mating right next to the road.

Taken in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Small lion cubs in Kenya


This video says about itself:

Cute Lion Cubs Only 6 Weeks Old! – This Wild Life – BBC

1 September 2016

In Samburu, Northern Kenya there are three prides of lions that have a new generation of cubs.

West African lions are different, new research


This video says about itself:

West African lion – Video Learning – WizScience.com

24 September 2015

The “West African lion” , also known as the “Senegal lion”, is a lion subspecies native to western Africa. Results of genetic research indicate that the Western and Central African lions form a different clade of lions and are perhaps more related to Asian lions than to lions from southern or eastern Africa. The genetic distinctiveness is particular of interest, since lions are regionally endangered in western Africa. With a total population of perhaps less than 1,000 individuals in all of West and Central Africa and no captive population, the West African lion is one of the most endangered subspecies of big cats.

Lions from western and central Africa are believed to be smaller than lions from southern Africa. It is also suggested that they have smaller manes, live in smaller groups, and they may also differ in the shape of their skull.

In the Pendjari National Park area, which is within the range of the West African lion, almost all males are maneless or have very weak manes.

The West African lion is distributed in western Africa south of the Sahara from Senegal in the west to the Central African Republic in the east. Another subspecies or North East Congo lion is traditionally described from northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Lions are rare in western Africa and may be critically endangered in this region. In 2004 there were probably only 450-1,300 lions left in West Africa. In addition, there were about 550-1,550 in Central Africa. In both regions, the area inhabited by lions has been reduced until 2004 to less than 15% of the historic range.

From Leiden University in the Netherlands:

Lions in West and Central Africa apparently unique

10 August 2016

Lions in West and Central Africa form a unique group, only distantly related to lions in East and Southern Africa. Biologists at Leiden University confirm this in an article published in Scientific Reports.

Genetic data

In this study, the researchers gathered a genetic dataset of lion populations covering a total of 22 countries. This included samples from each remaining lion population in West and Central Africa, a region where lions and other wildlife are rapidly declining as a consequence of the increasing human population. The researchers managed to gather all the information by teaming up with other people in the field and local conservationists.

300,000 years ago

Based on the genetic data, it was estimated that the split between the two major groups that can be identified in the lion must have occurred 300,000 years ago. To explain what happened in their evolution, the researchers made a reconstruction of African climatological history. It seems that periodic expansions of the rain forest and the desert drove lions into isolated pockets of suitable habitat, where the different genetic lineages originated that can still be observed today.

Other mammals

This influenced not only the patterns we observe in the lion, but also in other large mammals such as giraffe, buffalo, hartebeest, cheetah and spotted hyena. A general pattern is emerging that shows that many large African savannah mammals show very similar arrangements, with unique lineages in West and Central Africa.

Reason for concern

The strong declines in wildlife populations in large parts of West and Central Africa are therefore a reason for major concern. The fact that this region seems to harbour a lot of unique genetic lineages makes conservation in the area extremely important. A delegation from Leiden University will participate in the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2016, and will lead a Side Event that aims to establish a Species Action Plan for West and Central Africa. The researchers hope that this will facilitate coordination and funding of projects in the region.