Mapula Lions as Elephant Hunters
We frequently plan safaris to Botswana for our clients, and the interaction between Elephants and Lions can fascinating there.
First the three Mapula Boys were found feeding on an elephant that appeared to be around six years old. Four days later the lions were again found feeding on another elephant of similar size and age near the Mapula Lodge airstrip. Hunts and kills have not been witnessed yet but the scenes definitely appeared to be fresh kill sites and the spacing of time would be a normal interval between kills.
Lions in the Savute area of Botswana became legendary during the 1990’s for their specialization of hunting elephants during the dry season as a means to support their super pride of 30 plus lions.