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Sonya Joy

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Sonya is a traveler and human experience story teller who was born in the desert of central Australia, grew up in the tropics of The Whitsundays, and currently lives in California, USA.

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on Lion Pride Try to Eat a Pangolin ~ Long Live the Pangolin

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Sonya what an incredible experience. We always say to the ranger that we want to see a pangolin, knowing that to see one is just about impossible. To see lions with a pangolin is amazing.

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

It was an incredible experience, not one I’ll soon forget. And in the future I won’t be shy about my requests! 🙂

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

What a great story!

Liam Donnelly
Explorer

Amazing!

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

I agree completely.

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Sonya. This is an incredible experience indeed! Good thing you have the photos to prove it! Those Pangolin scales must be so VERY hard and strong to withstand a lion’s jaws! Cheers for the little Pangolin!! Wendy M

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

Wendy, you are right, it was an incredible experience. And I was so excited that I was shaking and had a lot of trouble working my camera!
(Last year on a visit to Londolozi I saw two porcupines in the middle of the night and failed to capture them. This time I was determined to bring back the evidence!)

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Sonya – what a great story – a lion trying to eat a pangolin!🤗

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

Thanks Joan, it was an amazing experience!

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

I have never seen a pangolin – hope I see one on my next visit to Londolozi!

Vanessa Dean
Explorer

Fingers crossed the little guy got away!

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

All signs pointed to him getting away, but yes, definitely fingers crossed for the little guy!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Fabulous!

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

Yes, once in a lifetime. I can not imagine getting to experience anything quite so extraordinary again!

Peggy Fox
Explorer

How fantastic!!! A memory that will stay with you forever. You should buy yourself a silver pangolin pendant from Patrick Mavros. It’s the closest I’ll ever get to the real thing!

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

Oh thanks for that suggestion Peggy! I’ll look into the pendant. I’ve already arranged for a photography print for my wall, too, to remind of this rare encounter. 🙂

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

First may I say you are a great story teller, Sonya, as it seemed we shared the same seat while viewing an rare and unforgettable moment in the wild. But an elusive Pangolin being passed around among lions belongs in the “you may never see this again” category. Your images were clear and detailed….proof that this wasn’t a tall tale. Mrisho and Tshepo have an exceptional story to tell other guests and some staff members might be momentarily jealous. What a way to end your trip to Londolozi! My thanks for your blog entry.

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

Thank you Joanne, it was truly unforgettable. Mrisho and Tshepo are brilliant in my eyes.

Ivy Wilensky
Digital Ranger

WOW

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

I agree!

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

I do hope the lions gave up! What a fabulous experience to actually see a pangolin. The scene reminds when you came across a group of young lions trying to figure how to eat a porcupine the porcupine won that one also. Bravo to the pangolin. Victoria

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

All indications point to the lions giving up. They actually got bored with the effort while we were still watching them. The next morning when we visited the location we found no evidence of them being successful.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Without a doubt, a truly unusual sighting. The pangolin alone would have been unique but to see it attacked by a lion would be amazing! A one-of-a-kind photo op!!!

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

Agreed. It’s been a few weeks and I’m still stunned. I printed the photo and put in on my wall as soon as I got home. I just walk by all day, being continuously amazed by this unusual sighting and the fact that I actually managed to get a photo!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What an amazing experience you had. It’s always thrilling to observe lions , but to find them engaging in “pass, roll or chew the Pangolin” is beyond any safari participant’s dream. Right place, right time for you and your ranger/tracker. I’ve yet to see an aardvark or Pangolin so they’re on my wish list for my return visit to Londolozi next year. Thanks for sharing!!

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

Wishing you the best of pangolin/aardvark sighting luck for your return trip next year! I agree, this was a highly unlikely viewing and I feel so grateful to have been in the right place and at the right time. It was an incredible day.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Incredible sighting!!! Though the pangolin almost always wins in these scenarios!!

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

I was very happy to see first hand that to be true!

Pam Chandor
Digital Ranger

Thank you Sonya for sharing your incredible story! Your words and photos really made the siting come alive – I felt as if I were there – the next best thing to actually being there! Thanks again!

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

You’re welcome Pam! I’m so happy I got to share this with people.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Great story Sonya! We are always challenging our rangers to find one, and they always just laugh! Congratulations!

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

Yes, now I know to ask for the moon! Ha!

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