With just a week to go before our 2019 Busanga Plains safari season draws to a close, Busanga Bush Camp guide Sam Simunji Simunji witnesses a spectacularly dramatic, and inevitable, conclusion to the Papyrus Pride’s dynastic successes of the past two years….
I have been predicting it all season, and it has come to pass…. our resident Papyrus Pride has finally split in two.
Maggie, the second daughter of Queen – the oldest female, from whom all the pride members have descended – has finally broken away and formed her own pride. This new family comprises three of last year’s cubs, now sub-adults, plus her cub born this year, Tiny, who is now about six months old.
Pictured are the two prides in combat: Maggie's pride battling her maternal pride – during which her older daughter Stumpy was nearly killed. However, Stumpy fought back viciously and managed to survive the attack from all nine lions, including the pride male Scarface.