Cleopatra – although a female name of ancient Egyptian origins, “Cleopatra” is associated with Siring Lions (Leo-Padra)
Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, joined our pride in May 2015 after she was donated by the neighbouring Kapama Game Reserve, a huge private nature reserve of approx. 40 000 acres. Despite the vast territorial range, and the impressive male lion who governed those neighbouring territories, Cleopatra had spent the previous five years determinedly trying to join our pride, especially to be with Mandla. She swam across the Nile (Tsau River), dug her way under an electric fence, and arrived on our southern borders, in full seduction mode, before being taken back to her resident pride again. Eventually, her granite Sphinx-like determination paid off, and she was granted her wish.
She joined our pride, by which time Mandla had moved to the neighbouring territories of Shidolo and his sons and grown up into impressive royal leaders in their own right. However, although Cleopatra was never able to meet-up with Mandla physically, he remained her great love and she went into what can only be described as an extended state of mourning after his death, King of Kings and King of her heart.
Many have been fascinated by her story, including BBC
Cleopatra is a magnificent matriarchal Queen, sometimes choosing to retreat into solitude and sometimes choosing the company of her new hard-won pride which includes her magnificent counterpart Tswalu, and the regal brothers, Zukhara and Matsieng.