The Story of Scar – the one-eyed lion of Northern Hwange

Tales from the Bush

Meet Scar, the mysterious one-eyed lion of Hwange National Park! Our guides first laid eyes on this iconic predator in 2019. Scar’s name draws inspiration from the Disney villain, and his distinct eye injury is believed to have resulted from suspected cataracts.

Scars Background

In 2023, Scar’s age was confirmed at around 10 years old. He made his debut in the Robins area of Hwange National Park, triggering a shift in park dynamics. Scar’s swift rise to power led to territorial disputes, eventually ousting the former dominant male lion, Vuzi.

About a year after Scar’s arrival and Vuzi’s departure, a somber discovery was made – Vuzi was found lifeless, with his tracking collar indicating no movement for a while. The circumstances surrounding Vuzi’s demise remain shrouded in mystery, leaving room for speculation.

Scar has firmly established his territory in the northern reaches of Hwange National Park. Currently, Scar leads a thriving pride of 14 lions, comprising lionesses and their cubs. This solidifies his position as a leader and protector.

Where to spot Scar?

For a chance to witness Scar in all his majestic glory, Nantwich Lodge in northern Hwange is the place to be. Our game drives take you to Big and Little Toms viewing spots, favoured by Scar and his pride.

Scar, the one-eyed legend of Hwange, continues to captivate the hearts of all who encounter him. His journey from an unknown newcomer to the dominant male of a thriving lion pride showcases the resilience of wildlife in the African wilderness. While the average lifespan of a male lion in the wild ranges from 8 to 12 years, we hope to see Scar thriving in Hwange National Park for many more years to come.

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