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The magnificent Lady Liuwa and cub ©Ingrid Mandt

Two days after moving to Katoyana camp we found fresh lion tracks of a male, two females and two very small cubs in the road near Matia Manene Camp. This exciting find led us to the main event of our trip, and the reason for our visiting Liuwa Plain. Lady Liuwa, “The Last Lioness” was made famous by the movie she stars in, produced by Herbert Brauer.

 

It was clear the old lioness had a serious limp and, judging by her teeth, one could see that she was really 18 years old and in the twilight of her life. She and Sepo, the cub’s mother were clearly inseperable and the intense social display and head rubbing revealed a deep bond between them.