Into the Okavango Delta
Bush Hierarchy

Feline Dinnertime

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Not a bad way to begin our time at Chitabe Camp... not bad at all!


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This beautiful female leopard was relaxing in a tree...

 

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...with its partially-devoured impala kill (see its leg dangling down?) nestled high in the branches above, safe from other predators who might be inclined to steal her meal.



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What a gorgeous creature in spectacular late afternoon light!  Posing for me!

 

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After she made it obvious that with her full tummy she wasn't going to do anything too exciting for awhile, we left her to nap and ventured on.

 

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When searching for a good safari sighting, you often come upon something interesting if you follow the vultures.

 

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So that's what Brooks did, and the vultures led us to this scene...a large pride of lions resting after their own dinnertime.

 


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We saw three lionesses and five 8-month-old cubs there at first.  Most had finished eating but a few of the cubs were still munching on a zebra kill that had happened earlier in the day.

 


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As we watched them eat, two more lionesses emerged from the bush with 6 more little wet cubs about 4-months-old in tow.  What a large pride...5 adult females and 11 cubs!

 

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How ADORABLE are they?!

 


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Mama and her cubs have obviously been walking through water.  She checked out the meal situation...

 


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...while the cubs greeted the older cubs, probably their cousins.

 


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Such fun to watch their interactions...they are very happy to be reunited!

 


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And then...it's their turn to eat!

 

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A little warning to anyone who might be considering crashing their party...

 


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Patiently awaiting the spoils...

 


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Not a lucky day for this zebra.

Is zebra meat dark or light?  I guess it depends on how you slice it....I know, a bit lame.....

 


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The older cousins watch from a short distance away...

 

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...but then one foolish cub decided maybe he wanted a little more zebra meat.

Not a good idea....

 


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You don't mess with a hungry mama lion!

 

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Stay back!  You've already had your turn at the dinner table!

 


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She had a lot more patience with her own babies.

 

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I just love watching the interactions between these family members...

 


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There truly is a bond between them all.

 


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This little guy is in a food stupor....

 

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We hated to leave the lion pride, but it was getting dark.  On our way back to camp, we saw a hyena on the prowl.  As we stopped to take photos, he came right up to our Land Cruiser and sniffed the tires...a very close encounter!

A fabulous first game drive at Chitabe, witnessing...

...feline dinnertime.

 

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