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Lone Lioness Tries Hunting Elephant

Watch the incredibly rare moment as a lioness, hoping to feed her cubs, single-handedly tries to take down an elephant!

This incredible video was shared with us by 28-year-old film maker – Samuel Chevallier who is a part of the African Bush Camps film team called Rewild.

Stay at the award-winning Somalisa Camp to see sightings like this.

It was said that this sighting was an intense moment to witness and that capturing this event was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for this guide. We asked Samuel to tell us more about the experience and what led up to this breath-taking moment and in his own words, he told his story:

“We had just left the Somalisa camp in Hwange after an early rise and a steaming cup of coffee. To start the day we headed in the direction where we viewed a lion pride the previous evening. The early morning light broke and we were happy to find that they were still resting in the same place. We watched for a while as the cubs were playing with one another and then the mother started getting active as gathered the cubs and walked them through the bush. Slowly we pursued them to see what they were up to and after some time, the mother headed into the thicket. The next thing, all we heard was the screeching sound of an elephant!”

“We headed into the bush to find the lioness on top of a young elephant trying to bring her down. The lioness clawed into the thick skin of the elephant – hanging on while the elephant fought against the strong grip and pull of the lioness. After a few moments of struggling to get the lioness off, the elephant managed to shake loose from the lioness’s grip and exited into the bush behind her. Whilst all of the action was happening, the cubs were laying in the tall grass looking on as their mother attempted to secure a meal, but, after an unsuccessful attack, the mother came to collect the cubs and headed away into the morning – luckily, unscathed from the encounter.”

“It was an intense moment trying to capture the event as the adrenaline was high and we were all so alert with all that was taking place. It’s never easy hearing the sound of a screeching animal fighting to survive. It was a case of mixed emotions and we were slightly relieved to see the young elephant escaping the grips of the lioness, although, witnessing the hunger of the cubs as they waited for their mother to bring home the meal – a contradiction of emotion that I had not quite felt before.”


“For me, this experience was extremely rare, never in all my years of guiding have I ever seen such a sighting as elephant and lion have always had an interesting relationship. Often elephants will push a lion away eagerly – especially when they are in big herds. My advice to onlookers in the wild, is to be careful, engage in the moment, and note the behavior of a lion/lioness before they attack.”

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