Lions Hunting a Banded Mongoose on the Serengeti!

1 10 2018

Not exactly a takedown of a wildebeest or the usual NatGeo material,  but cool, nonetheless.  We watched a pride of lions take down a wayward Banded Mongoose, when we were in the Serengeti.

Mongoose moves, out of frame… His first (and ultimately last) mistake

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

First chase – Mongoose escapes by mere centimetres

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Full out chase when one finds him again….

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Two of the cats going head to head chasing that mongoose:

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Success – a small snack

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

My only wish was that it could have been closer.  These were all shot at 400mm.  Pretty exciting for a such a small “event”, personally.

The rest of the shots from that day

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Panthera Leo – King of the Beasts

24 07 2009

Lion (Panthera leo)
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions usually hunt in prides. The females hunt and the males show up for food when they are good and ready. Once the kill has been taken down and the females have had a chance to tear up the carcase, the cubs feed and then the male comes for food. There is one male to a pride of females, but sometimes young males will roam together for a while and hunt in a coordinated unit, not having a pride of their own. We saw many lions on our trip… it almost became commonplace. The lioness in these pictures has been collared (for studies probably). We saw 4 collared lions during our time in the Serengeti. The two males were estimated at around 10 yrs old and the big standing guy was probably about the same. His pride was all sleeping in the tall grass – about 8 lionesses and 10 cubs. The lion in the tall grass that looks like he just showered is probably a young male at 2-3 years old. It’s quite unusual to see such old males hanging together – likely brothers. Wow – these cats are HUGE!

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What a fantastic trip!!!





The Hunter – at rest

27 06 2009

While on safari, it truly is amazing how close you can get to the animals while in your Land Cruiser.  This lioness, with the rest of her pride, had obviously had a busy night hunting and were content to just hang out on the rocks as we passed by.  Beautiful animals!

 








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