Lions on Elephant

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary, Fl. U.S.A.)

Greedy

Greedy

Greedy
Posssessive
It's all mine
Start to move off

In 2009 while on a trip to Sabi Sands in the greater Kruger area, our guides took us to an elephant that had died of constipation. Yes constipation!


A necropsy had been performed to determine why such a young animal had died. After which the remains were left to nature. Nature in this case was on day one a pride of lions who were enjoying the bounty. After watching them for a while they wandered off. We followed and saw them tree a large male leopard. This will be covered in a later post.

We were able to obtain some unique photos of lions on an elephant. The lions were very possessive considering the amount of food available.

The next day the remains were covered by vultures and hyeana. The smell was very, very bad and the photos not so good. Let me know if you would like to see some of these.

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Feb 03, 2012
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Would love to see the scavangers
by: Simon

Exciting stuff! I would love to see vultures and hyena - very few of us return from safaris with 100% photos in terms of sharpness, composition and exposure - it's the experience (smells and all!) that make the trip memorable

Feb 01, 2012
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all about the bush
by: Jenny

Thanks for sharing your story and pics. Gory is what the bush is all about and I love 'Possessive' - he is just the bees knees!

Feb 01, 2012
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Moving Off is it
by: Janet

I think the last pic, Moving Off is the most effective as you can see the ele's tusks and the pride leaving the carcass after having their fill

Feb 01, 2012
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What an action-packed sighting!
by: Henry

These are great pics but I like 'greedy' the best!

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