The Big 5 - Lions
These are some of the lions you might encounter while on safari
at Elephant Plains. Updated: May 2013
Of the original six only three remain, having been displaced by a new coalition of 4 younger and stronger males. The remaining Mapogos keep mostly to the western sector of the reserve.
This pride’s core territory is Mala Mala, from where they also move into Little Gowrie, Hoffman’s, Arathusa Private Lodge and Safari Lodge. The pride consists of five females. They had nine cubs in the past year, but unfortunately, only two female cubs survived.
This pride consists of three females – the mother, who has no tail, and her two daughters who are now seven years old. BB (short for Boerboel, a big dog without a tail) has two cubs that are about 20 months old. The two daughters also have six cubs that are twenty two months old. We recently saw them with four newborn cubs.
They are the new kids on the block! These males overthrew the Mapogo’s and now reign in our area. They dominate the whole of the northern Sabi Sand, as well as a few kilometres south of the Sand River. They have been responsible for a number of deaths amongst lions in the other prides, most noticeably Kinky Tail from the Mapogo’s and four of the Tsalala cubs. They have mated with most of the females in the area.