Queen is originally from the old Papyrus Pride which patrolled the north of Busanga Plains in the Kafue National Park. She broke away from the pride around 2009/2010 soon after she had her first litter (three cubs – one female and two males) – which disappeared at the age of two. She remained with her daughter who we named the Killing Machine.
Princess and Killing Machine
In 2012 she had another three cubs, again one female and two males. The female we named Maggie and the boys were Shy and Bad Eye.
This pride was eventually taken over by the Musanza Boys after the eviction of the Busanga male (Mr B; Mr Busanga) and his family of tree-climbing lions in 2015.
Her third litter produced Princess, sired by the Musanza Boys. She was born with two others which we suspect were killed by hyaena in 2015.
In 2017 two new cubs were born, her fourth litter, but soon after their fathers disappeared, together with Bad Eye. Unfortunately one cub didn’t make it to the end of the year, leaving Queen with one cub which has been adopted by her daughters.
Nervous, Queen and Scarface (the new ‘boys’ on the block)
Scarface mating with Queen
She remains the oldest, and alpha female, of the pride, and grandmother of four.
Post courtesy of Wilderness Safaris