Eastern Zambia’s Luangwa Valley is the largest and most important lion population in the country, and many of these animals reside in and around South Luangwa National Park. Given that lions are declining continent-wide, long-term research and monitoring of lions to inform conservation and management is of key importance. Mfuwe Lodge and the Bushcamp Company strongly support lion research and conservation efforts in the Luangwa through the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP).
All lion prides and coalitions (groups of territorial males) that are found around our bushcamps (the southern section of the Park) are part of the over 160 animal study being conducted by ZCP to help understand and conserve this key population. One of the adult Chamilandu pride females is also equipped with a gps radio collar to determine her pride’s movements. Recent readings from her collar from August 2011-August 2012 reveal some interesting findings — not only does she spend much of her time around our camps (which we knew) but she also ranges widely. She and her pride regularly swim across the Luangwa and out of the park, even at peak flow! These data will help determine the dynamics of lions in the Luangwa and in turn help protect Zambia’s Big Cats.
Click on the map and graph below to see what she has been up to this past year